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Bachelor of Design Computing

Overview

This is the only undergraduate degree in Australia that will provide you with specialised training for a career in interaction design and creative technologies. From websites and mobile apps to internet-of-things products and immersive environments, you will be at the leading edge of today's user experience (UX) design world when you study with us.

In this degree you will learn how to use design to define the interactions between people and technology by understanding usersneeds and desires to create elegant, high calibre, commercially viable products and services. You will gain a toolbox of skills in design process and methods, coding, object design, digital media production, prototyping and user experience (UX) design. Most importantly, you will be taught to recognise and use tools that address specific social and commercial challenges, to solve real-world problems.

The degree includes four design studios that focus on user experience (UX) design, interaction design, information visualisation, and interactive product design. Through these you will build your portfolio and be well prepared for a career in this exciting, high-growth and highly paid industry. You can also take electives from other faculties. For example, you are eligible to graduate from Design Computing with a minor in Information Technologies (IT). Our independent study options, as well as the optional honours year, allow you to further develop specific skills and work on your own project ideas. 

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Design Computing incorporates knowledge learnt in four major studios that will broaden your knowledge in significant themes in design computing, as well as develop your communication and design process skills.

The four design studios focus on specific themes, such as mobile apps, data visualisation and interactive product design. Through these studios you will build your portfolio and be well prepared for a career in this exciting, high-growth and highly paid industry.

Indicative course progression

Year 1
Unit code     Unit of study Sem    CP   
DEC01012 Design Programming 1 6
DECO1006 Design Processes and Methods 1 6
DECO1014 Digital Media Production 1 6
DECO1015 Visual Communication 1 6
DECO1008 3D Modelling and Fabrication 2 6
DECO1013 Physical Computing 2 6
DECO1016 Web Design and Technologies 2 6
DECO1017 Principles of Animation 2 6
DESA1555 Safety Induction and Competency Unit        2 0
Year 2
Unit code      Unit of study  Sem    CP  
DECO2014 User Experience Design Studio 1 12
DECO2010 Designing Social Media* 1 6
ARIN2640 Games and Play* 1 6
DECO2200 Interaction Design Studio 2 12
DECO2015 Design for Innovation* 2 6
SCLG2610 Science, Technology and Social Change*     2 6
Year 3
Unit code      Unit of study Sem    CP   
DEC03100 Information Visualisation Design Studio      1 12
DECO3101 Innovation Design Studio* 1 6
ARIN3610 Technology and Culture* 1 6
DECO3200 Interactive Product Design Studio 2 12
INFO3315 Human-Computer Interaction* 2 6
IBUS3103 Entrepreneurship and Innovation* 2 6


*These units are electives; you can choose other options
Credit points required per semester: 24
Total credit points required to complete degree: 144 Indicative progression based on a Semester 1 enrolment. 

Units of Study

Completion requirement

The School 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.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics.

Applying for 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 requirement

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.

Course opportunities

The School of Architecture, Design and Planning has a number of school-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.

Graduate opportunities

Through our strong links with the creative industries in Sydney, many of our students receive job offers during their final year. Careers pathways include:

  • Interaction designer
  • User-experience (UX) designer
  • Product designer
  •  Service designer
  • Data visualisation specialist
  • Creative technologist
  • Front-end developer
  • Digital producer.

Career information for UAC

Examples include website design and development, digital creative for marketing, advertising and public relations, interactive multimedia design, information visualisation and design, entertainment computing, design of virtual environments, film and special effects and 2D and 3D modelling and animation.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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