Undergraduate study in Design

What can you study in Design?

The Bachelor of Design introduces you to design thinking, tools and technologies. It also explores how contemporary design is utilised in various sectors to boost innovation and productivity. You will learn the value of idea generation, prototyping, and user experience, all while considering the social, ethical and economic implications of design.

You will explore new media and technologies, such as virtual and augmented realities, 3D printing and robotics. You’ll be exposed to different design methods and processes that will allow you to extend your creativity.

Bachelor of Design conjoint programmes

Design encompasses analysis, decision-making, communication and collaboration. Designers gather data with the client, assess design needs, discuss solutions, evaluate outcomes, and agree on a way forward. This makes design a fantastic “connector” with other fields. You can therefore choose to study Design as a conjoint programme with one of the following:

Courses

Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of the Bachelor of Design or a conjoint programme with Design.
Stage I–III courses


Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the Bachelor of Design or a conjoint programme with Design:

  • DESIGN 100, 101, 200, 201, 300, 301, 302

Elective courses

Design elective courses are grouped into key themes. As a Design student, you can mix and match courses to suit your experience and developing interests.

  • Design and Local Community Practices: DESIGN 210, 211, 212
  • Design and Global Challenges: DESIGN 230, 231, 232, 233
  • Design and Business: DESIGN 220, 221, 222
  • Design and Emerging Technologies: DESIGN 240, 241, 242, 243
     

Where can undergraduate study in Design take you?

Designers are strategists, leaders, analysts and makers who conceive, plan and create the future of service, experience, systems and products. Designers are increasingly relied on to lead innovation. They find work in multiple industries, including business, science and entertainment. They are hired to address business challenges and opportunities in a responsibly disruptive way, to drive innovative solutions and exceptional user experiences.

The job market is constantly changing, and new roles will continue to appear. We teach the core design skills these jobs require. As a graduate, you'll be ready to take on many design roles, including some you may not have expected! This uncharted territory is precisely the kind of place designers thrive.

Our goal is always to ensure you graduate understanding all the opportunities available to you.

Jobs related to Design:

  • Experience designer (UX)
  • Service designer
  • Interface designer (UI)
  • Interaction designer (IxD)
  • Creative technologist
  • Design strategist
  • Digital designer
  • Information designer
  • Systems designer
  • Customer experience designer (CX)
     

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

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