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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Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

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
  • Design instructor

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

Applications should be submitted via the UNSW Apply Online portal. For information on the application process and requirements please contact the UNSW Art & Design Student Centre at artdesign@unsw.edu.au.



2021 Indicative First Year 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 be liable for 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 may increase each year during your studies (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.

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