Bachelor of Design


The Bachelor of Design offers a flexible structure, allowing students to tailor studies to their particular interests and ambitions.

Hear from Associate Professor Mitchell Whitelaw talking about the degree.

Design has a vital role in shaping a fastmoving world: it’s about applied creativity, engagement and collaboration, as well as the art and craft of making. The Bachelor of Design combines cutting-edge digital practices with internationally-renowned art and craft studio disciplines to prepare graduates who are skilled, inventive and versatile, ready to engage with the challenges and opportunities of our changing society.

Students combine design and studio based courses at the ANU School of Art: focus on designing and producing objects, specialise in visual communication for print and screen, or dive into data visualisation and digital design. Compliment your design studies with courses from across the ANU in areas such as IT, humanities, history, theory, law, business, languages or any of the multitude of courses on offer.

Engagement is a key theme in the Bachelor of Design and is integrated in a variety of forms throughout the three year program, including the capstone Design Practice & Internship courses. Industry and community engagement projects offer essential experience in real-world collaboration, communication and creative development. The program’s combination of authentic engagement, leading-edge digital practice and hands-on making is unique in the Australian tertiary sector and equips graduates with the diversity and depth of expertise necessary to flourish in the contemporary design industry.

Flexible Double Degree

Design is a powerful partner in a double degree. The Bachelor of Design can be combined with degrees in IT, Arts, Law, Social Science, Business or Science as part of the ANU flexible double degree program. For a full list of degree combinations see

International Exchange

The ANU School of Art international exchange program provides students with the opportunity to study overseas as part of their degree. The School of Art maintains close connections with art and design partner institutions in Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America. A number of travelling awards are available to assist students with the cost of international exchange.

How to apply

Applications are welcome from school leavers and mature age students Australia wide and internationally. The ANU School of Art is part of the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) network, so all Australian and New Zealand undergraduate candidates must apply to UAC. On-time applications are due by the last working day in September.

If you have selected the Bachelor of Design program as one of your preferences through UAC, or a Flexible Double Degree where you intend to choose Design as one of your programs, you will need to attend an interview at the School of Art.

After applying through UAC you must register directly with the School of Art for an interview and upload your portfolio.

Design interviews will be held on Saturday 26 November, Monday 28 November and Tuesday 29 November 2016 at the School of Art. Following interview and portfolio registration, we will invite you to attend on one of these days.


Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Design will find careers in fields including object design, visual communication, data visualisation, user experience design, graphic design, web design, interface design, design thinking and strategic design.

Admission requirements

Admission to all ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Entry to the Bachelor of Design is based on ACT or NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) and interview and portfolio. This process allows applicants the opportunity to demonstrate their interest and ability in design and related areas of practice.

School leavers are required to have their ACT Higher School Certificate or its equivalent. However in special circumstances, students who do not hold this qualification may be accepted into an undergraduate course. Mature age students over the age of 21 are not required to have this qualification.

For further information on how to apply for the Bachelor of Design, please visit the School of Art - How to apply page.

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