With a future-focused, studio-based and research-led approach, the Bachelor of Design degree produces versatile and adventurous graduates. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to understand how design-led solutions enable people to perform at their best. The three-year degree emphasises an understanding of how design reflects historical, social and cultural values, and how it can change the future.

You will learn to combine independent thinking and creativity with practical and technical skills. The degree encourages you to challenge conventional applications of materials, systems, processes and technologies, and to seek new solutions to problems. The integration of digital and physical production, critical thinking, emerging technologies, design research, management and entrepreneurship provides you with the skills for careers across a range of established and emerging design fields.

Program Code


UAC Code




Total units of credit (UOC)




Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Graphic designer, illustrator or digital media producer
  • Interaction and user experience (UX) designer
  • Exhibition, experience and event designer
  • Jewellery, wearable and textile designer
  • Furniture, object, ceramics or lighting designer
  • Virtual reality, visual communication and 3D Visualiser
  • Design instructor or design strategist
  • Film, television and mobile producer

Assumed Knowledge

Visual Arts

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank
2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Alternative entry or pathways

At UNSW Art & Design we look for creative talent. As such, some students are admitted solely on their ATAR, or equivalent, and some are identified by demonstrating their creative potential by preparing and submitting a portfolio of art, design, media or written work.

Submitting a portfolio can boost your chances of admission to Australia’s leading faculty of art and design. For more info and to see specific guidelines and deadlines visit Art & Design's Portfolio Entry page.

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Annual Tuition Fee


Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 1

* The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will pay depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment.

Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included.

Other information

You may be eligible to enrol in a separate year Honours program upon completion of this degree. Find out more.

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