University of Technology Sydney

C09131v1 Bachelor of Design (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Design (Honours) (BDesign (Hons))
CRICOS code: 107049E
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
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) is an advanced design degree offered to students who achieve academic excellence in their undergraduate studies. Students graduate with skills and expertise that are in demand from industry, the business sector, and society: strong disciplinary abilities; plus proven capability in problem-reframing and solving, co-design and participatory methods, design research, and design strategy.

The course is unique, giving students the choice between an Independent Practice Project or a Professional Partnership Project. (Either option offers the opportunity to produce a major work or live project solution, plus a dissertation.) And graduates are sought-after because they possess high-level communication skills, advanced critical thinking skills, and the ability to generate innovative approaches to design problems.

Graduates are on the path to becoming experts in their field. Honours graduates possess expertise that makes them highly employable, as well as being eligible for Masters, PhD and postgraduate training (including scholarships and awards).

This course allows students to develop further design expertise while choosing from two research driven, industry informed and socially responsive pathways:

  • The Independent Practice Project allows students to specialise in fashion and textile design, product design, or visual communication (including photography). Independent projects involve the conceptualisation, research and development of a major work and a dissertation.
  • The Professional Partnership Project provides unique opportunities to work with industry clients on a complex societal problem. Design academics, professionals and domain experts guide students to frame the problem and create a response in a collaborative studio environment. Students work in teams on projects, and individually on a dissertation.

Seminars, masterclasses, workshops, and industry events are offered in state-of-the-art facilities. Students are supported in a specialised creative environment by mentors and experts from diverse design disciplines: fashion & textile design, product design, social design, strategic and service design, visual communication, photography, motion graphics, AI & AR, and more.

Course aims

The Bachelor of Design (Honours) at UTS presents students with a unique educational opportunity. Confront real world problems, and acquire the skills – and confidence – to develop and share inventive design solutions. Acquire the intellectual capacity for thinking through design practice. Create original outcomes that attend to the relationship between culture, wellbeing and technology – and how sustainability and ethical design contribute to the social good.

The Bachelor of Design (Honours) educates emerging design leaders, and leading design practitioners. Students learn to challenge and deepen disciplinary practices, enacting design-led transformation – often in areas not traditionally associated with design practice.

Students investigate complex contemporary issues through highly critical and creative design research and practice, and build advanced communication skills to position the value of design practice to multiple stakeholders.

Career options

Global career opportunities for Honours graduates in product design, fashion & textile design, visual communication, creative industries and social, strategic and service design are expanding. Professional designers are now employed well beyond the creative industries, for example to bring design thinking to business and community sectors and to lead design projects. UTS design Honours graduates are highly sought after in existing and emergent fields. Honours graduates develop disciplinary expertise while also possessing skills to practice beyond their specific discipline and contribute to broader outcomes. Honours graduates know how to work independently and thrive in teams and are equipped with the high-level communication and advocacy skills to become writers, researchers, editors, and critics.

In fashion & textile design, global career opportunities for Honours graduates include fashion designer, textile designer, pattern cutter, art/creative director, print designer and work in fashion production and fashion forecasting. Some graduates start their own fashion design business, while others work within an established company locally or with international brands.

Graduates specialising in product design enjoy careers as in-house product designers in a manufacturing company or working as a design consultant. Graduates work in emerging fields such as service and strategic design or digital interaction design, adapting advanced technologies for new experiences and networked environments. Integrated education also allows graduates to move beyond design to managing production, distribution and the marketing of new products. Honours also prepares graduates for further study in specialised fields such as transport design or associated professional disciplines.

As a critical discipline in today’s complex information rich world, graduates specialising in visual communication and photography experiment with emerging and traditional technologies to expand how text and image, whether data-driven, generative, moving or still, can provide new frameworks for social and cultural change. Incorporating a wide range of practices, graduates work in information visualisation, interaction design, motion design, photographic practice and photographic studios, publishing, web media, wayfinding, creative code, machine learning, 3D technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality, as well as service and strategy design.

Honours graduates also continue to study at the postgraduate level in both coursework or research degrees, as well as qualify for prestigious postgraduate scholarships.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Develop and apply an informed, sustainable, and ethical position in design practice.
A.2 Respectfully incorporate Indigenous Cultural and Intellectually Property rights frameworks, cultural principles and protocols required to work for and with self-determining Indigenous communities.
A.3 Practice cultural awareness and demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to social and ecological sustainability and just transitions.
C.1 Work independently, collaboratively and professionally as an individual designer or part of a team, and constructively contribute to peer learning.
C.2 Communicate ideas clearly and confidently across various tasks in professional, creative and research contexts.
C.3 Ability to communicate across various platforms and draw understanding from diverse contexts.
I.1 Challenge design conventions and apply innovative design solutions to existing and emergent design practices and systems.
I.2 Demonstrate conceptual rigour when developing ideas and versatility, curiosity and imagination when developing designed outcomes.
I.3 Demonstrate aesthetic sensibility and craft skills.
I.4 Apply refined technical knowledge and skills to research-led design practice.
P.1 Ability to demonstrate an understanding of stakeholder, community and industry engagement.
P.2 Ability to self-manage, including task initiation, allocation of time and realisation of outcomes.
P.3 Ability to produce outcomes that contribute to and advance disciplinary knowledge.
P.4 Understanding of and engagement with global design industry practices, marketing and frameworks.
R.1 Independently employ a range of qualitative and practice-led research approaches relevant to design practice and or postgraduate study.
R.2 Demonstrate awareness of design history and theory and critically reflect on existing design paradigms for problem setting and solving.
R.3 Enable Indigenous-led, community driven research and design and demonstrate awareness of decolonising methodologies.
R.4 Develop, analyse and synthesise complex ideas that are academically informed and well-reasoned.
R.5 Evaluate, develop and apply research methods appropriate to the project.

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 in Photography or Product Design or Fashion and Textiles or Visual Communication 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 3 years

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Photography or Product Design or Fashion and Textiles or Visual Communication who have completed the course within the last three years and attained an overall WAM between 65.0 and 72.49 (inclusive) 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 (maximum 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 one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant’s design or related experience

UTS Students - Course completed 4 or more years ago

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Photography or Product Design or Fashion and Textiles or Visual Communication 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 (maximum 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 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 the academic transcript.

Non-UTS applicants

Applicants with a degree which is equivalent to the UTS Bachelor of Design in Photography or Product Design or Fashion and Textiles or Visual Communication and who have attained an overall minimum WAM of 65.0 or above 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 (maximum 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 one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant’s design or related experience.
  • A verified copy of the candidate’s previous 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. Students may study this program part-time after consultation with the program director.

Course structure

Students must complete 48 credit points of honours subjects including 24-credit-point of core subjects and 24cp of options.

Course completion requirements

STM91643 Core Subjects (Honours) 24cp
CBK92056 Independent Practice Project/Professional Partnership Project choice 24cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The typical course program is shown below.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
85812 Advanced Design Workshop 1: Design Research   6cp
85810 Research Methods   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92056 Independent Practice Project/Professional Partnership Project choice 24cp  
Spring session
85813 Advanced Design Workshop 2: Design Advocacy   6cp
85811 Research Paper   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92056 Independent Practice Project/Professional Partnership Project choice 24cp  

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

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