Bachelor of Design/ Bachelor of Business
Blended learning – on-campus and digital learning
Majors for Bachelor of Design:Branded EnvironmentsCommunication DesignMotion DesignPhotomediaUX Interaction Design
Majors for Bachelor of Business:AccountingBusiness AdministrationBusiness Analytics and AnalysisEntrepreneurship and InnovationFinanceFinancial PlanningHuman Resource ManagementLogistics and Supply Chain ManagementManagementMarketingSports Management
The Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Business equips students with the knowledge and skills essential for a career that encompasses the challenging and dynamic area of design and business sectors. By undertaking this double degree, graduates will be able to capitalise on opportunities in both the design and business professions.
Work Integrated Learning is a guaranteed part of all our bachelor degrees. This double degree has two units where you’ll have the opportunity to work on industry-linked projects. In the Design Capstone Project, you’ll work on an industry-linked project relevant to your design major, and in Industry Consulting Project (BSB3009), you’ll work in teams to solve a business problem briefed to you by our industry partners.
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- Semester 1 - 27 February 2023
- Semester 2 - 31 July 2023
- 3400210721 (CSP)
- 3400210723 (IFP)
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Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Business
- Course structure, work integrated learning, career opportunities and professional recognition.
Successful completion of the Bachelor of Design/ Bachelor of Business requires students to complete units of study to the value of 400 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.
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|Units||Unit codes||Credit points|
|Financial Information for Decision Making||ACC10007||12.5|
|Innovative Business Practice 1||BUS10012||12.5|
|Concepts and Narratives||DCO10001||12.5|
|Photography for Design||DCO10004||12.5|
|20Th Century Design||DDD10001||12.5|
|Economics for Business Decision Making||ECO10005||12.5|
|Contemporary Management Principles||MGT10009||12.5|
|Marketing and the Consumer Experience||MKT10009||12.5|
|Brand and Identify Design||DCO20001||12.5|
|Contemporary Design Issues||DDD20004||12.5|
|Sustainable Business Practice *||BUS30031||12.5|
|Industry Consulting Project *||BUS30032||12.5|
*Outcome unit – completion demonstrates the attainment of course learning outcomes
- Full-time study: 100 credit points/eight standard units of study per year
- Part-time study: 50 credit points/four standard units of study per year
- One credit point is equivalent to one hour of study per week per semester (including contact hours and private study)
- See the course planner for an example degree structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Business, graduates will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and apply this with initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
- demonstrate technical and practical skills, and a broad understanding of key concepts in their chosen field of study
- demonstrate knowledge and cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgment in identifying and solving problems independently and collaboratively, in diverse contexts
- apply communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas to different audiences and stakeholders
- with responsibility and accountability, apply their knowledge, cognitive and technical skills, and principles of sustainability and respectful design, to the development of design solutions
- exercise organisational and leadership skills, and demonstrate the ability to plan and execute a project and/or piece of research with groups that may include academics, industry professionals and students
- define and integrate theoretical principles applicable to business and apply those principles in a range of practices
- systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources in order to make informed judgements on options for innovatively solving a range of problems that arise in business contexts
- formulate creative solutions that are fit for purpose and demonstrate cognisance of the impact of business decisions on the triple bottom line
- coherently articulate a line of reasoning demonstrating cultural sensitivity and apply a framework to analyse and offer solutions to ethical dilemmas
- communicate a range of business arguments by evaluating and implementing alternative communication strategies as appropriate to the audience.
The course seeks to blend design and business disciplines in new and innovative ways to produce highly desirable business graduates who will bring a new approach to business and organisational structures.
Employment may be found in the areas of design consultancy, design management, publishing, merchandising, packaging, design research, marketing, economics and human resources.
The Finance major, in the Bachelor of Business and related double degrees, is recognised under the CFA Institute Affiliated University. The course covers at least 70% of Level 1 of the CFA program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice. This recognition signals to students, employers and the marketplace that that Swinburne’s curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well suited to preparing you for employment in the finance and investment industry, and for sitting the CFA examination. Students of the Finance major may be eligible for CFA Program Student Scholarships.
- Fees for 2023.
Students who participate in a six- or 12-month professional placement will be subject to an increase in total course fees.
|2023 rate*||Estimated total cost of the course||Estimated cost of the course per year if studying full-time*||Amenities fee per year if studying full-time*|
|Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
||$46,884||$11,721||See how your SSAF is calculated|
How do I pay my fees?
HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of the student contribution amount.
Find out more about fees.
Swinburne business degrees are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. The alumni of AACSB accredited business schools are among the world’s most influential leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs impacting business, government, and non-profit sectors. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide are AACSB accredited.
At Swinburne scholarships are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students.
How to enter this course
- Entry requirements, pathways, credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1 for courses listed on the VTAC Guide are generally made through VTAC. Under certain circumstances, some students (e.g. Non-Year 12) may apply directly to Swinburne. Find out more about how to apply.
Applications for all other intakes should be made directly to Swinburne.
View the Course Admission Information, which includes the ATAR and Student profiles for this course. Swinburne’s general admissions information is also available here.