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M71 Bachelor of Design


Available by full-time or part-time study on Mount Lawley campus.



It is important that prospective students have an interest in visual communication and design and a commitment to extend their practice and critical awareness as autonomous professional designers.


Students apply for admission through the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre. Admission to the course is based on the University’s standard admission requirements.



The School of Contemporary Arts has in addition to the above admission guidelines, the option to admit to its courses a small number of exceptionally talented students who do not meet the standard admission requirements. Students may be admitted to the Bachelor of Design on approval by the Head of School using this exceptional admission provision.



In addition to standard admission requirements, students will be selected on the basis of the presentation of a folio of art/design works and after interview by School staff. Students must apply to the Admissions Officer for interview and folio presentation. Each applicant should contact the school to arrange the date and time of the interview, at which they should present a relevant folio and transcripts. The work of overseas applicants might have to be inspected in the student’s home country by one of the University’s nominees or by certified photographic facsimiles being sent to the University in advance.



Overseas students who meet admission requirements will be admitted to the Bachelor of Design program subject to the University’s fee scale. The language of instruction is English and all students must prove proficiency prior to being accepted. International exchange students may also undertake units within the School for credit toward their programs, by applying through ECU International.



All exemptions for the Bachelor of Design units must be approved by the course coordinator. A folio of work will need to be presented for all exemptions of practical units, and Student Central will require certificated evidence of prior achievement. Applications for exemptions are handled initially by Student Central and should be lodged before the commencement of the Bachelor of Design course. Enquiries regarding exemptions are based on non-credentialed learning (i.e. Recognition of Prior Learning) and should be addressed to the Head of School.



Bachelor of Design students normally select one elective unit each semester. In this pattern, first year students are recommended to choose electives that are appropriate to the Foundation program as advised by the Design coordinator. A visual art minor consists of six units selected from the range of elective units offered by the School.  Alternatively, Bachelor of Design students can undertake a University six unit minor in another faculty, on the terms described in this Handbook.



Students enrolling in the Bachelor of  Arts (Education) / Bachelor of  Design double degree should consult the course structure under the School of Education for detailed information.  These students study 6 core plus 2 designated electives plus a specialist 8 unit major in Design & Technology.



The Bachelor of Design is a 360 credit point, three year full-time degree which may be studied in part time mode.

The degree has three main components:

(i) a foundation program of six units and two electives (all worth 15CPs), completed in first year

(ii) a major program consisting of eight units (worth 120CP). Only students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Education) / Bachelor of Design double degree can select the Design&Technology major. Students must choose their major at the end of year one, unless negotiated with the Course Co-Ordinator.

(iii) A supplementary program consisting of eight units (120CP) comprising:

- a second 8 unit (120CP) supporting major (see handbook for a list of available supporting majors)


- a 6 unit minor and 4 electives (120CP) from outside the school


- 8 electives (120CP)


Whatever pattern students choose, it is required that:
- Normally no more than ten of the units (150CP) studied should be at first year level
- at least four of the units must be at fourth year level.
- Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Education) / Bachelor of Design double degree follow the School of Education structure. This includes replacing the two electives (30CP) from the foundation year with specified units, and a minor re-ordering of the units across the course.

All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design study the following Foundation units:

IMM1120 Introduction to Digital Technologies and Multimedia 15
DEF1101 Design Foundations: Design Principle 15
VIS1126 Cultural History and Theory 1 15
Elective 1 *#
* Bachelor of Design / Bachelor of Arts (Education) students should replace this elective with DTM1104 Materials Design and Technology 1

# Students intending to study the 2D, 3D, Graphic Design or Contemporary Fashion major should take DEF1102 Design Foundation 2 as their recommended elective.
DEF1103 Design Foundations: Colour 15
DEF1104 Design Foundations: Drawing 15
VIS1227 Cultural History and Theory 2 15
Elective 2 * # %
* Bachelor of Design / Bachelor of Arts (Education) students should replace this elective with DTM1104 Materials Design and Technology 1

# Students intending to do the 2D, 3D or Graphic Design major should select DEF1105 Design Foundation 5 as their recommended elective.

% Students intending to do the Contemporary Fashion major should select FAS1101 Materials and the Body as their recommended elective.
MATWDD2D Design Major
MATHDD3D Design Major
MACONTContemporary Fashion Major
MADESDesign&Technology Major
MAGAMEGame Design&Culture Major
MAGRAPGraphic Design Major
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2006 VET: 31/03/2006