Bachelor of Design Computing

Overview

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 sofeware and devices to make your best ideas.

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.

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.

Bachelor of Design Computing enrolment guide

The Bachelor of Design Computing is a three-year degree, or four years with honours. The first year introduces the fundamentals of design, programming, and video production. These units form the basic knowledge needed for a broad range of design computing topics in the second year, and the integrated design computing studio in the third year. The electives allow the student to develop additional skills and knowledge in design computing, computer science, architectural design or engineering.

In order to qualify for the degree, candidates must complete the requirements as specified in the resolutions of Senate and faculty for this degree. All students should read the course resolutions and monitor their progress throughout the degree by reference to them. The following points summarise the resolutions but do not replace them.

Summary of requirements

In order to qualify for the award of the pass degree, candidates:

  • must maintain a full-time enrolment (18 credit points or more per semester; a normal full-time load is 24 credit points per semester; the maximum allowed is 30 credit points per semester)
  • must complete successfully 144 credit points in total
  • must complete successfully 84 credit points from the core units of study described in Table B
  • must complete successfully 18 credit points from Technical Electives from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, from units ofstudy prefixed COMP, ELEC, INFO, ISYS and/or MTRX, or from units of study from the University of Sydney Business School prefixed INFS. At least 6 credit points of this must be at 2000 level or higher
  • must complete successfully 18 credit points of Arts Electives from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney Business School (except units of study prefixed INFS or Faculty of Science. At least 6 credit points of this must be at 2000 level or higher
  • must complete successfully a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study from those listed in Table B, or with the permission of the unit coordinator concerned, units of study from the faculty's tables of graduate units, provided they have completed at least 96 credit points with a weighted average (WAM) of at least 70.

Honours

In order to qualify for the honours degree, candidates must satisfy the requirements for the pass degree with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70 and in addition successfully complete 48 credit points consisting of a research thesis. In their third year, students are encouraged to enrol in a preparatory unit of study as an elective, such as an Independent Study unit. Honours may only be undertaken on a full-time basis. For more information about honours see the section of this Handbook about undergraduate honours.

Planning your degree

The program has been designed so that the core units should be taken in a certain order and the elective units fitted with them. The enrolment planner shows progression through the core units of study.

Bachelor of Design Computing enrolment planner

Year 1

Unit of study

Credit points

Semester 1

 

 

DECO1012

Design Programming

6

DECO1006

Design Thinking

6
DECO1014

Digital Image Production

6

DECO1015

Visual Communication

6

Semester 2

 

 

DECO1008

3D Modelling

6

DECO1013

Sound Design and Sonification

6

  Electives 12

 

Total for Year 1

48

 

Year 2

Unit of study

Credit points

Semester 1

 

 

DECO2010

Collaborative Virtual Environments

6

INFO2120

Database Systems 1

6

 

Electives

12

Semester 2

 

 

DECO2200

Interaction Design Studio

12

 

Electives

12

 

Total for Year 2

48

 

Year 3

Unit of study

Credit points

Semester 1

 

 

DECO3100

Information Visualisation Design Studio

12

 

Electives

12

Semester 2

 

 

DECO3200

Human-Computer Experience Design Studio

12

 

Electives

12

 

Total for Year 3

48

 

Cross-faculty electives

Unit of Study Code

UoS Name

Credit Points 

Sydney Conservatorium of Music
   
ENSE1002 Choir 1 3
ENSE1015 Choir 2 3
MCGY1000 Aural Perception 1 3
MCGY1001 Aural Perception 1A 3
MCGY1002 Aural Perception 1B 3
MCGY1003 Aural Perception 2 3
MCGY1008 Harmony and Analysis 1 3
MCGY1009 Harmony and Analysis 2 3
MCGY2004 Aural Perception 3 3
MCGY2005 Aural Perception 4 3
MCGY2010 Harmony and Analysis 3 3
MCGY2011 Harmony and Analysis 4 3
MCGY2600 Advanced Harmony 6
MCGY2611 Music from the Middle Ages to Baroque 6
MCGY2612 Music in the Classical and Romantic Eras 6
MCGY2613 Music in Modern Times 6
MCGY2614 Musical Worlds of Today 6
MCGY2615 The Ultimate Art: 400 Years of Opera 6
MCGY3013 Late Beethoven Seminar 6
MCGY3627 Paleography of Music 6
MCGY3629 Romanticism and the Fantasy 6
MCGY3630 The New Germans: Wagner & Liszt 1848-1876 6
MCGY3600 Advanced Aural 6
MUSC1501 Extended Fundamentals of Music 6
MUSC1503 Fundamentals of Music 1 6
MUSC1504 Fundamentals of Music 2 6
MUSC1506 Music in Western Culture 6
MUSC1507 Sounds, Screens, Speakers: Music and Media 6
MUSC2612 Music Performance 6
MUSC2614 Composition Workshop 6
MUSC2631 Music and Everyday Life 6
MUSC2653 Introduction to Digital Music Techniques 6
MUSC2693 Fundamentals of Music 3 6
MUSC3609 Musicology 6
MUSC3699 Understanding Music: Modes of Hearing 6
     
Sydney College of the Arts    
CATE2012 Animation: Theories and Histories 6
CATE2013 Theorising Street Art 6
CATE2015 Performance Art 6
CATE2017 Fashion, the Body and Art 6
CATE2018 Global Art 6
CATE2022 Contemporary Art and Feminism 6
CATE2025 Practising Contemporary Indigenous Art 6