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Bachelor of Design (Honours)

 

location
City campus

Min. duration
1 year full time

course codes
UTS: C09064v1
CRICOS: 079560D

The Bachelor of Design (Honours) offers a practice-based and research-integrated approach to exploration of and experimentation in emerging interdisciplinary design practice. The studio-based course explores interdisciplinary areas of new technologies, interactivation, sustainability and innovation design. Students develop flexible thinking and responsive practice in the context of a rapidly changing technological and social environment.

The course gives students an advanced, focused and transformative educational experience in a research-led teaching environment that is relevant to both industry and cultural needs.

The Bachelor of Design (Honours) offers a practice-based and research-integrated approach to exploration of and experimentation in emerging interdisciplinary design practice. The studio-based course explores interdisciplinary areas of new technologies, interactivation, sustainability and innovation design. Students develop flexible thinking and responsive practice in the context of a rapidly changing technological and social environment.

The course gives students an advanced, focused and transformative educational experience in a research-led teaching environment that is relevant to both industry and cultural needs. Graduates are equipped with the applicable competitive and innovative skills to meet the latest industry and research standards.

Students can develop interdisciplinary design expertise at an honours level, building on competencies developed in their undergraduate degree and equipping them to move into emerging interdisciplinary areas of design specialisation and/or higher degree research.

Students develop their capacity to make judgments about both their own work and that of others – a key step in becoming effective continuing learners and practitioners – by participating in self- and peer-assessment activities. Through a variety of interdisciplinary studios and industry-focused projects, students develop the flexibility and confidence to work in the diverse environment of contemporary practice.

Course aims

The course aims to support and foster a creative and explorative attitude towards the design process, substantiated by a reflective and critical viewpoint gained through theoretical engagement. Students are supported in acquiring a coherent approach to design where research and practice are consolidated in design outcomes.

Students acquire the cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge in relation to complex problems requiring a design solution. They independently pursue problem-solving activity under the supervision of their studio leader. They develop cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and ongoing reflection in action; technical skills to successfully research and resolve a project; and communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of the design proposition they have developed to a variety of audiences including design professionals, client groups and student peers.

Typical study program

A typical one-year honours program is shown below.

Autumn sessionCredit pointsSubject code
Select one of the following:12
CBK90933 Complementary Design Studio choice12cbk90933
CBK90934 Theory and Technology Design choice (Honours)12cbk90934
Select 12 credit points from the following:12
CBK90932 Design choice (Honours)24cbk90932
Spring sessionCredit pointsSubject code
Select one of the following:12
CBK90934 Theory and Technology Design choice (Honours)12cbk90934
CBK90933 Complementary Design Studio choice12cbk90933
Select 12 credit points from the following:12
CBK90932 Design choice (Honours)24cbk90932

Course fees

For relevant fee information, are you a Local student or International student

All students at UTS pay tuition fees to contribute towards the cost of their studies.

In 2017 all offers made to domestic undergraduate students will be for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP), which means that the Australian government makes a substantial contribution towards the cost of your education, and you pay the balance through student contributions.

The amount you pay depends on your area of study and the number of credit points (cp) in which you enrol. At UTS 48 credit points is considered to be one Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL).

The table to the right shows the amount a student can expect to pay for one year of full-time study (1.0 EFTSL).

Students can choose to pay their student contribution upfront, or if eligible, can defer their fees through HECS-HELP.

In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay a Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The purchase of textbooks and other course materials may also result in additional cost.

You can calculate your student contribution as a percentage of the amounts shown on the table.
e.g. If you are enrolled in a 6 credit point Mathematics subject, your contribution would be 6/48 x $9,050 = $1,131.

Student contribution amounts for 2017 commencing students

Area of study and

student contribution  

band

Student contribution

(per EFTSL or 48 cp)

3
Law, Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Administration, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
$10,596
2
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health, Allied Health, Engineering, Science, Surveying, Agriculture
$9,050
1
Humanities, Behavioural Science, Social Studies, Education, Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Nursing
$6,349

 

 

Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and range from A$27,040 to A$40,350 per year.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students can be found using tuition fees search.

Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.

 

For this course, the cost per credit point for 2017 is $658. The total credit points are 48.

All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:

In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.

UTS Alumni save 10%: alumni.uts.edu.au/advantage

For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' fees information page.

Careers

Course structure

Course completion requirements

RequirementCredit points
CBK90932 Design choice (Honours)24
CBK90933 Complementary Design Studio choice12
CBK90934 Theory and Technology Design choice (Honours)12
Total48

Course structure explained

The honours component comprises 48 credit points made up of three compulsory choice blocks.

Additional information

Course duration

The course is offered on a one-year, full-time basis.

Full time, on campus

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design who have completed the course within the past three years and attained an overall weighted average mark (WAM) of 72.5 or above are made a threshold offer.

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design who have completed the course within the past three years and attained an overall WAM between 70.0 and 72.49 must provide the following additional material in order to be considered for a place:

  • a digital portfolio of 10 landscape PDFs (print on A4) that display digital files, scans and/or photographs of original design work done by the applicant (maximum size 5MB)
  • a written statement (200–300 words) addressing the applicant's reasons for undertaking honours-level study in design at UTS and the specific learning that they are seeking given their intended career direction on completion of the degree, and
  • a written statement (200–300 words) project proposal outline that includes a project description, identification of research context, description of specific research focus, and set of design methods, techniques, materials and approaches to be employed.

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design who have completed the course four or more years ago must provide the above additional material as well as a one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant's design or related experience.

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Check to see if there are additional admission requirements for this course.

If you don't meet the admission requirements for this course, there may be alternative pathways to help you gain admission.

Year 12 bonus scheme

To see a list of courses where HSC subjects provide bonus points, please refer to the Year 12 bonus points page.

Scholarships, prizes and awards

Scholarships

Prizes and awards

UTS: Handbook

See the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in the UTS: Handbook for comprehensive course details.
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