The Design (Honours) degree is a one-year advanced undergraduate degree for high-achieving students, designed for those who have completed an undergraduate degree in Design and wish to extend their critical and creative skills. It enables students to advance their knowledge and understanding by developing a significant practice-led research project. Access to leading research labs and a selective professional placement program allow students to explore the potential of contemporary design.

Graduates develop a deeper understanding of design strategy, design methods and research, providing pathways to an array of careers in the design and cultural sectors, as well as to higher-degree research programs such as a Master of Philosophy or PhD.

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Career opportunities

  • Graphic designer
  • Interaction and user experience (UX) designer
  • Exhibition, experience and event designer
  • Textile and fashion designer
  • Furniture, ceramics or jewellery designer
  • 3D Visualisation
  • Design strategy

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Entry requirements

Students must have completed the UNSW Bachelor of Design or other cognate recognised Level 7 qualification. Entry to Honours requires a WAM of 70 or higher (or equivalent) in the relevant Level 7 qualification prior to entry. Entry is subject to resources and the approval of the Deputy Head of School, Design.

How to apply

For further information please contact the UNSW Art & Design Student Centre at artdesign@unsw.edu.au.

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