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C09064v1 Bachelor of Design (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Design (Honours) (BDesign(Hons))
CRICOS code: 079560D
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

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.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Understanding of the designer's role as a global citizen
A.2 Ethical practices in relation to acknowledgement of sources and the work of others
A.3 Awareness of, and concern for, social and cultural diversity
C.1 Professional attitude to clarity and accuracy of communication
C.2 Capacity to make a positive contribution to a team
C.3 Ability to present work appropriately to context
I.1 Ability to work conceptually
I.2 Ability to appraise, develop or redirect design ideas
I.3 Ability to re-imagine human practices through design
P.1 Ability to independently develop new skills and areas of knowledge
P.2 Ability to independently cultivate aesthetic sensibility
P.3 Developing craft skill
R.1 Ability to develop a well-supported argument
R.2 Ability to analyse complex ideas
R.3 Ability to critically reflect on work by self and others

Admission requirements

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

UTS students: criteria for a guaranteed offer

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design who have completed the course within the last three years and attained an overall minimum WAM of 72.5 or above will be made a threshold offer.

UTS students: course completed within the last three years

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design who have completed the course within the last three years and attained an overall WAM between 65 and 72.49 must provide the following additional material in order to be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Design (Honours):

  • a digital portfolio of 10 x A4 landscape PDFs that display digital files, scans and/or photographs of original design work done by the applicant (max. size 5MB)
  • a 200–300 word statement 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
  • a 200–300 word 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.

UTS students: course completed four or more years ago

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design who have completed the course four or more years ago and have demonstrated relevant work experience within the design industry must provide the following additional material in order to be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Design (Honours):

  • a digital portfolio of 10 x A4 landscape PDFs that display digital files, scans and/or photographs of original design work done by the applicant (max. size 5MB)
  • a 200–300 word statement 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
  • a 200–300 word 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
  • a one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant's design or related experience, accompanied by supporting reference(s) from related industry employer(s)
  • a copy of their academic transcript.

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.

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

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

Course completion requirements

CBK90932 Design choice (Honours) 24cp
CBK90933 Complementary Design Studio choice 12cp
CBK90934 Theory and Technology Design choice (Honours) 12cp
Total 48cp

Course program

A typical one-year honours program is shown below.

Year 1
Autumn session
Select one of the following: 12cp
      CBK90933 Complementary Design Studio choice 12cp  
      CBK90934 Theory and Technology Design choice (Honours) 12cp  
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90932 Design choice (Honours) 24cp  
Spring session
Select one of the following: 12cp
      CBK90934 Theory and Technology Design choice (Honours) 12cp  
      CBK90933 Complementary Design Studio choice 12cp  
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90932 Design choice (Honours) 24cp  

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
Ask UTS
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building