Overview

Design has the power to shape our understanding of the world and our experience within it. Our Bachelor of Design will arm you with broad design skills in typography, brand and identity design, and more. Make your degree custom-fit by choosing a future-focused major. Emerge ready to transform lives and empower society towards a brighter (and even more beautiful) future.

Stop saying next year. Start in Semester 2.

Applications to begin midyear are now open. Are you ready to stop feeling undervalued? To stop pretending to be happy? To stop dreaming small?

Your major

Take a brand’s identity beyond the visual, and translate it into three dimensions and five senses. Our Branded Environments major is a multidisciplinary course that integrates branding, communication design, interior architecture, technology, and environmental and experience design principles to create sensory journeys. In doing all of that, you'll become an indispensable asset to brands and architects alike. 

Your industry experience

Bolster your CV with real industry experience while you study through our Work Integrated Learning programs – a guaranteed part of all our bachelor degrees. This can include placements, internships or industry-linked projects. 

This degree includes a capstone project which could see you working with places like City of Melbourne, and more.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Spaces of influence
  • Connecting people to place
  • Designing focused branded environments
  • Developing spatial narratives
  • Creating wayfinding

Your career opportunities

  • Exhibition designer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Interior designer
  • Set designer
  • Communications designer
  • Communications researcher

Key codes

CRICOS course code
088395D
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400210713
VTAC Code (CSP)
3400210711
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Why Swinburne?

Top 100 for art and design

5 stars for overall experience

#1 in Melbourne for graduate found full-time employment 4 months after completing their degree 

#1 in Melbourne for graduate salary one year out

Qualifications

One of the following:

  • the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification
  • completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees).
     

Applicants without a formal qualification may be considered for entry if they have significant and relevant work experience and/or upon completion of the STAT test.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Course prerequisites

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or equivalent. 

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 20 in one of Art, Product Design and Technology, Media, Interactive Digital Media C, Studio Arts or Visual Communication Design or applicants applying for this course through Swinburne Online must submit a portfolio of work.

  • International students must successfully complete any subject in art, design or media equivalent to Year 12.
Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Apply for a pathway course

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides credit (advanced standing) to the second.

Note: This information should be used as a guide for those who have completed a course and are seeking credit into another course. For those yet to commence their course, during the time taken to complete, this information may change. Credit available may vary depending on the major selected within any given degree. Progression to professional degrees may be subject to additional criteria or academic performance.

How credit points work

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Design requires students to complete units of study to the value of 300 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.

8
Core units
+
7
Major units
+
8
Elective units
=
3-year bachelor degree

What your course could look like

Units are listed in a proposed sequence. However this can be amended depending on unit availability, prerequisite requirements and the semester in which you commenced your course.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Concepts and Narratives
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DCO10001
Digital Design
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DCO10002
Typography
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DCO10005
20th Century Design
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DDD10001
Semester 2
Photography for Design
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DCO10004
Web Design
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DCO20004
Introductory Design Studio
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
DDD10006
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Want to see the full range of electives?

Learn about all the electives you can take in the course handbook.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Contemporary Design Issues
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DDD20004
Interior Architecture Communication
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
DIA10005
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Semester 2
Brand and Identity Design
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DCO20001
Exhibition Design
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
DDD20003
Branded Environment Design Studio 1
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
DBE20001
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Professional placement - Major (12 months)
Work Experience in Industry A
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20001
Industry Placement 1
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
DES30061
Work Experience in Industry B
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20002
Industry Placement 2
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
DES30062
or
Professional placement - Minor (6 months)
Work Experience in Industry A
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20001
Industry Placement 1
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
DES30061
Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Innovation and Technology in the Branded Environment
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
DBE30001
Branded Environment Design Studio 2
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
DBE30003
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Semester 2
Branded Environment Capstone
Major unit, 25.0 credit points
DBE30004
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points

2023 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$8,301

Total fee* ($AUD)

$24,903

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$38,160

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$326

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply to 2023 unit enrolments for HE Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Undergraduate Full Fee Paying (FFP) only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount. You can also choose to pay your fees up front. 

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Professional placement fees

Students who participate in a six- or 12-month professional placement will be subject to an increase in total course fees.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
BA-DES
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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Course code
BA-DES
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Course code
BA-DES
CRICOS code
088395D
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Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

VTAC Code (CSP)
3400210711
Apply through VTAC
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400210713
Apply through VTAC
Start dates
Location
Last date to apply
Start dates
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
21-July-2023
Start dates
31-July-2023
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
23-February-2024
Start dates
04-March-2024
Start dates
Location
Start dates
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
31-July-2023
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
04-March-2024
Upcoming events
Midyear Undergraduate, TAFE & UniLink On-campus Study Expo
06-June-2023
Open day
30-July-2023