Bachelor of Design Futures (Honours)

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





4 years full-time

Credit points


Commencing in

For Continuing Students Only

About this program

This ground-breaking degree will give you a chance to redirect, challenge and rethink traditional processes and procedures in the design industry.

It 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.

In your first year, you will do core subjects and develop your design skills. This will give you a chance to experience different aspects of design, so that from your second year you can choose a major that suits you. You can also choose electives from other schools, subject to approval by the program convenor.


  • Design Futures
  • Interior Environments
  • Product Design
  • Visual Communication

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Design Futures (Honours) program is offered full-time at South Bank campus and delivery is via internal mode (on-campus) with a Trimester 1 intake only.

Work-integrated learning

The existing work-intergrated learning structure will be maintained including using the QCA Liveworm studio for Visual Communication Design students. External intern placements for Visual Communication, Interior and Product Design students will also be available.

My career opportunities

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 Futures (Honours) is recognised by the Design Institute of Australia .

Pathways to further study

The Bachelor of Design Futures (Honours) program provides a pathway to research higher degrees with direct entry into doctoral programs for students who graduate with First Class Honours. It would also enable gifted graduates to be eligible to apply for scholarships and awards.

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 three 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 Futures (Honours) (1393)

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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.