Bachelor of Design

Program code

1189

Available at

Nathan

Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt

Logan

South Bank

Online

Offshore

Other

Duration

3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Credit points

240

Indicative fee

$8,500.00* per year (more)
* 2022 indicative annual CSP fee

Entry requirements

63.00

ATAR/RANK 2021

OR VET qualification

Certificate III

(more)

Commencing in

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

Prerequisites

  • Any General or Applied English subject (Units 3&4, C)

Assumed knowledge

Nil

About this program

If you're passionate about contemporary design opportunities and designing for a sustainable future, this degree will equip you with the creative and technical skills and insights to rise to future design challenges. It will prepare you for designing future products, services and systems in a creative and critical way. You will gain an understanding of design thinking techniques, how the world impacts design, and how design shapes the world around us.

In partnership with leading experts and industry, you will gain the skills to tackle real design challenges and devise leading-edge strategies and solutions. Advance your critical and strategic thinking and gain new perspectives on sustainability, while also learning to present your ideas clearly and powerfully.

Majors

Visual Communication Design
Explore many different forms of visual and graphic communication and branding, and understand the social contexts and environmental responsibilities of design. You’ll learn to develop design solutions, which inform, persuade, provoke, or entertain your audience. You’ll focus on your passion, but also learn how to effectively present and communicate your ideas within this evolving industry.

Interior and Spatial Design
The power of design to shape and improve the spaces in which we live, work and play is immense. Learn to apply principles of sustainability, cost-effectiveness and innovation to the process of designing effective and productive spaces. You’ll learn about the history, impact and use of new and traditional materials in various global contexts.

Product Design
Can’t wait to get your hands on a 3D printer? The equipment and technology you have the chance to use at Griffith is state-of-the art and this means there are very few limits to what you can create. Undertake a range of creative projects and put our technology to the test, using 3D printing, 3D modelling, 3D scanning, laser cutting and CNC routing equipment.

Immersive Design
If you can imagine it, you can design it! Harness the power of digital software to imagine, design, and construct 3D forms to create immersive experiences in in virtual environments. This technology is being applied to: visualise concepts and data across architecture, health and engineering; create reconstructions in the fields of archaeology and criminology; create virtual and augmented realities for use in gameplay and education.

Interaction Design
Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the interaction design major will develop your technical competency and digital creativity.

Study interactive design methods, electronic audio, visual media, computation and critical thinking. Combine these skills to produce imaginative concepts, functioning prototypes, digital audio-visual artefacts, and technically mediated interaction designs for everyday life.

Industry and expert connections

Work on projects for real clients through our LiveWorm and LiveSpace work integrated learning studios. Take up exciting work placements to build your portfolio and cultivate important industry contacts and networks.

At Queensland College of Art (QCA) we maintain strong links with industry to ensure we develop degrees based on the latest market trends and employer demand. Our industry partnerships and collaborations unlock all kinds of opportunities for students studying at the QCA. Partnerships with large events such as Bleach* Festival, Botanica, and organisations such as Business South Bank offer unique learning experiences and connect you to industry while you're studying.

Graduate outcomes

Our design graduates will have unprecedented opportunity to contribute and lead in vital new forms of social and economic development. Designers work across a range of fields roles, including interior design, product and service design and graphic design as well as interactive and 4D design. Our Bachelor of Design allows you to choose which area you would like to specialise in through a choice of majors.

Flexibility

Tailor your timetable - Even if you study full-time on-campus, you may still be able to customise your degree to suit your needs. From a range of tutorial times to online access to lectures and other course material, we're here to help you fit study in with your work and life commitments.

Global mobility

An array of inspiring overseas study opportunities, ranging from a few weeks to a year, are available for students in this degree. Visit Go Global Griffith for more information

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Design is offered full-time and part-time on-campus at South Bank and Gold Coast.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

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.

Courses within this degree include work-integrated learning experiences such as:

  • professional practice/work placements,
  • industry projects performed at the university or in a workplace,
  • volunteer work for organisations such as not-for-profit organisations,
  • learning activities within virtual and simulated work environments.

To experience this type of learning, you need to enrol in specific courses that may be either core or elective to your degree.

To complement your work-integrated learning, you may wish to undertake work experience. Work experience is normally arranged by you with an employer you select but with approval from your Program Director.

My career opportunities

Graduate prepared to join the ranks of adventurous designers changing the way we interact with our environment and enhancing the way we live. You'll gain the industry experience, networks and knowledge needed to succeed in cutting-edge design fields, opening opportunities for work in the fields of graphic design, interior design, product design, digital web design, design management, design education, film and television, theatre, furniture design, interaction design and digital media.

Designers are important assets to organisations, whether they are specialists in communications or industrial design. You could be helping to design a new prototype for a manufacturing company, an interior for a high-end residential property, or an interactive and immersive experience at a cultural festival or business. This is a diverse career, which will be guided by your own interests and choice of major.

There is strong growth expected in the number of graphic and web designers and illustrators, according to the Australian Government's Job Outlook. It is a very large profession in Australia and there are expected to be 67,000 people working in this profession by 2023, with around 5,400 job openings each year.

The number of people working as Multimedia Designers (in their main job) has grown consistenly, while the number of industrial designers is expected to remain stable with an anticipated 800 job openings each year. Many people in these industries work full time and unemployment is below average.

The number of people working as Interior Designers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years: from 7,800 in 2014 to 9,200 in 2019. There are expected to be 10,900 people working in this profession by 2024.

Industrial Designers

Key employment sectors

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail Trade
  • Wholesale Trade

Potential job outcomes

  • Industrial designer
  • Ceramic designer
  • Furniture designer
  • Glass designer
Multimedia Designers

Key employment sectors

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Information Media and Telecommunications
  • Education and Training.

Potential Job outcomes

  • Multimedia designer
  • Immersive technology designer
  • Digital Producer
  • Digital Project Coordinator
Graphic and Web Designers and Illustrators

Key employment sectors

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Information Media and Telecommunications
  • Arts and Recreation Services

Potential job outcomes

  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Multimedia designer
  • Web designer
Industrial and Spatial Designer

Key employment sectors

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Retail

Potential job outcomes

  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Environmental Designer
  • Residential Interior Designer
  • Retail Interior Designer.

Program accreditation

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

Professional recognition

As a student and graduate, you can apply to become a member of the Design Institute of Australia.

Pathways to further study

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

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts 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.
Tuition fees
  • 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 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Design (1189)


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FEE-HELP

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

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Additional costs

Throughout your program you may be required to pay for the following items:

  • 1534QCA - Drawing Kits and Visual Diaries (students purchase via GU Pay).