Bachelor of Design

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Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





3 years full-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

CSP available (more)

Entry requirements


Overall position (OP) 2015


Rank 2015

Offered in

Semester 1


  • English (4SA)


About this program

This degree will prepare you for a career as a commercial designer, innovator and design leader. You will learn from a combination of practical training and theory, and create designs that take into account social and environmental concerns and are up to date with the latest design practices.


  • Interior Environments
  • Product Design
  • Visual Communication Design

Attendance information

From 2015, this program will be offered full-time on-campus at South Bank with a Semester 1 entry only.

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each semester. This may affect your entitlement to Centrelink benefits. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program are 30 credit points.

Work-integrated learning

In this program, Visual Communication Design students may be required to attend the QCA Liveworm studio to undertake work experience. External intern placements for Visual Communication, Interior and Product Design students will also be available.

My career opportunities

You will be prepared for work as a design strategist, exploring ways to re-educate industry and consumer models of the future.

  • Interior Environments: You will be able to work in design roles in retail, hospitality, events, exhibitions and trade shows, film and television, and theatre.
  • Product Design: You will be prepared for work in the design, production and manufacturing sectors.
  • Visual Communication Design: You will be able to work in corporate and brand design for print, web, publishing, advertising and digital media. You will have the skills needed to work in design for social change, culture and education.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Design is recognised by the Design Institute of Australia.

Pathways to further study

Graduates of this program may continue their studies by undertaking the Bachelor of Design with Honours (2043) or one of the various postgraduate offerings at QCA.

Students wishing to transfer to the Bachelor of Design Futures with Honours (1393) may do so at any point in their degree. However, students graduating with a Bachelor of Design will not be eligible to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Design Futures with Honours.

Commonwealth supported students

  • Commonwealth supported students make a student contribution towards the cost of their courses while the majority of the cost is subsidised by the Australian Government.
  • Students are liable for the student contribution charge for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • HECS-HELP is a loan scheme which provides eligible Commonwealth supported students with assistance in paying their student contribution charge.
  • Student contribution amounts are set by the Australian Government on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

  • These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:
    • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
    • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee charged is applicable to the semester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Design (1189)

Year Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee per EFTSL (80 cp)
2016 FPUG Band 15G $325.72 $26,057.60
2015 FPUG Band 5 $226.00 $18,080.00
2014 FPUG Band 5 $217.00 $17,360.00


Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

Further information

Additional fee information

Additional resource costs for undergraduate Visual Arts studies.