Bachelor of Design Computing

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Design Computing teaches you to bring ideas into reality. A whatever-it-takes, design-led approach engages you in creative problem solving. It’s the approach industry leaders Apple and Google use to dream up new products, services and interactive experiences. This degree prepares you to join these leaders of industry or to start your own business.

This program teaches you to recognise the value of your ideas. You will be trained in ideation – the ability to conceptualise, problem solve and judge various design solutions. Your ideation is matched with skills for implementation; using software and devices to make your best ideas.

Design Computing teaches you the approach necessary to invent elegant, commercially viable products and services. You will learn to manage a trusted team of creators, working in a studio-model that firmly puts the focus on your expression and your solution. You will be empowered through a toolbox of skills in user experience, interaction design, graphic design, programming and object design. Most importantly, you will be taught to recognise what tools are needed for specific social and commercial challenges and to use those skills to produce unique, innovative solutions.

When you study with us, you will learn all these skills. But the real advantage is that you will be doing work that is commercially relevant, right from the start of your degree. Our independent study options allow you to use your lecturers’ knowledge while you prototype your own projects, leading to patents or even a startup business. Design Computing is the only course in the Asia-Pacific that gives you this combination of practical skills without limiting your ability to direct your own solutions.

Design Computing gives you many diverse skills. They’re all useful to creating new ideas and turning them into products, devices and services. When you study Design Computing, you get access to the Design Computing Toolkit. These skills can take you in many different directions. Copy and paste this link to the Design Computing homepage, to see how your skills are used across different industries.
http://sydney.edu.au/architecture/programs_of_study/undergraduate/design_computing/index.shtml

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


The Bachelor of Design Computing may be completed in three years full-time, or four years with honours. The course incorporates knowledge learnt in four major studios which will broaden your knowledge in significant themes in design computing, as well as develop your communication and design process skills.

The first year introduces the concept of design, CAD, web page design, and programming. These units form the basic knowledge needed for a broad range of design computing topics in second year, and the integrated design computing studio in the third year. You will have the opportunity to complete elective study in order to develop additional skills and knowledge in the areas of design computing, computer science, architectural design, or engineering.

Further course information

Progression rules

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of their award course. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements, students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. The electives available in the Bachelor of Design Computing allow the student to develop additional skills and knowledge in design computing, computer science, architectural design, or engineering.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning has a number of faculty-specific exchange programs available to currently enrolled students. Bachelor of Design Computing students may undertake exchange in the second year or first semester of the third year of their degree. Students may undertake exchanges of no more than two semesters in duration.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Working in design computing involves creativity and a good understanding of how digital information and multimedia is used, stored and manipulated. Graduates of the Bachelor of Design Computing can join a design firm, act independently as a consultant to other designers, or take on a design computing role in a large company.

Some of the design fields you may work in include: web site design and development, design applications programming and extension, interactive multimedia design, information visualisation and design, entertainment computing, design of virtual environments, film and special effects and 3D modelling and animation.

You may also choose to follow your degree with further coursework or research.

Further study

Eligible candidates may proceed to an additional honours year in the Bachelor of Design Computing. The faculty offers a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master in Interaction Design and Electronic Arts as well as research master's and PhD's. The course also provides for admission to a range of postgraduate and graduate entry coursework programs at the University of Sydney.

About honours

The Bachelor of Design Computing (Honours) provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in design computing the opportunity to extend their potential in a research task under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The honours degree requires an extra year of full-time study.

The award of honours is an avenue by which the best students can be recognised. By its nature, an honours degree carries more weight or prestige than the pass degree. It is highly regarded by employers and other universities.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission requirements not available for Bachelor of Design Computing.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September.

Further requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for candidates wishing to enrol in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture. The degree is, however, taught on the assumption that candidates will have successfully completed Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. Candidates may attend one of the bridging courses in mathematics offered by the Mathematics Learning Centre if they feel they need to.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination.

Further admission requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for candidates wishing to enrol in the Bachelor of Design Computing. The degree is, however, taught on the assumption that candidates will have successfully completed Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. Candidates may attend one of the bridging courses in mathematics offered by the Mathematics Learning Centre if they feel they need to.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.