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Why study at DAB?

Interdiscliplinary learning

At UTS Design, Architecture and Building, we believe that the ability to work with other disciplines is critical. That’s because when you are in industry, you will need to collaborate with other professions. This applies equally to fashion designers as it does to architects and construction project managers.

An interdisciplinary approach to learning underpins all of our courses, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We replicate the project-team environment found in industry through our studio and block-class approach. This allows you to collaborate on projects with your peers, including those from other disciplines.

Concept drawing of the UTS Library from the winning team, HA3

Concept drawing of the UTS Library. Team HA3 won a interdisciplinary undergraduate studio to redesign the Library’s interior.

Our curriculum includes many subjects centred on interdisciplinarity, such as the recent studio by Construction Project Management lecturer Jennifer MacDonald. The assignment to redesign the UTS Library’s interior was based on her research into professional collaboration.

Jennifer MacdonaldJennifer Macdonald, School of the Built Environment
“My current research examines ways of improving collaboration between the architecture, engineering and construction disciplines in industry so I thought this scheme provided a great opportunity for students from these areas to gain experience working together with actual clients.”

Developing tomorrow’s designers

All undergraduate design students participate in the Interdisciplinary Design Studies stream. The stream aims to develop students’ thinking as designers. It draws on critical, creative and theoretical perspectives to develop students’ abilities to consider socially complex design issues from multiple perspectives.

Our annual Cockatoo Island Design Camp is one of the highlights of Interdisciplinary DesignOur annual Cockatoo Island Design Camp is one of the highlights of Interdisciplinary Design. Working in teams, students participate in speculative and experimental design scenarios that are aimed to develop and extend their understanding of themselves in the world as designers.