Bachelor of Design Computing

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

The Bachelor of Design Computing provides specialist training in the emerging fields of interaction design and creative technologies. You will be empowered through a toolbox of skills in user experience, interaction design, graphic design, programming and object design to invent elegant, commercially viable products and services that are in high demand from employers ranging from large multinationals to boutique creative studios.

The program includes four design studios and you can also take electives from other faculties to deepen your chosen specialization. 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.

Visit the Design Computing homepage to see how your skills are used across different industries.

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

This program produces graduates who can work across a range of areas and for growing range of employers- whether as a freelance consultant, part of a small creative studio or in a major global organization..

Career pathways include:
Interaction designers
User experience (UX) designers
Creative technologist
Front end designer/developer
Web designer/developer
Digital producer
Multi-media strategist
Customer Experience Designer

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 to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

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 2016 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 2015 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 2016, 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.

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