Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) (Honours)

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) (Honours), students must complete 400 credit points comprising of:

  • 8 Core units of study (100 credit points)
  • A combination of 12.5 and 25 credit point units from the Interior Architecture major and one of the following streams (200 credit points)
    - Stream 1 – Interior Architecture
    - Stream 2 – Design Factory Melbourne Projects 
    - Stream 3 – Design Factory Melbourne Global Projects
  •  8 units of study (100 credit points) comprising of Professional and Industry Experience* units, co-major, minor and/or electives 

In the fourth, final year of the degree, students choose between three elective streams. Stream 1 is offered in Semester 1 only and provides a highly focused set of research methods and capstone units in Interior Architecture. Streams 2 and 3 offer the opportunity to participate in either local or global projects with Design Factory Melbourne - a multidisciplinary platform for research and development working with industry clients.

Please note that Stream 2 (for local projects) begins in Semester 1 only and that Stream 3 (for global projects) begins in Semester 2 only. Design Factory Melbourne (local projects) consists of 25 out of the 100 credit points students earn in their Honours year, while Design Factory Melbourne (global projects) comprises 87.5 out of the 100 final year credit points earned. Find out more about local and global projects at Design Factory Melbourne.

This course can include an optional placement component for domestic students. Selection processes apply.

Placement is a program in which students are placed in paid, supervised employment, for 24 or 48 weeks, relevant to their studies as part of their degree. It aims to provide experiential, discipline-specific learning in an authentic, real-world environment.

Through observation, enquiry and practice under the supervision and guidance of professional practitioners and an academic mentor, students will engage in professional experiences and test and critically assess their learning to date. The experience contextualises existing design skills within an understanding of the impact of client, customer, team dynamics and direction in the design process.

Placement gives students practical experience to add to their academic studies, and is a proven advantage in the graduate job market. All placements are subject to availability of places. Find out more about work placements.

* Professional and Industry Experience is not available to students holding an international student visa.

Students may not complete more than 125 credit points (normally 10 units) at Introductory Level.

For students who enter with exempted credits, a minimum of at least 100 credit points of units in this degree (not including elective and industry placement units) must be completed to be eligible for an award.

Honours merit calculation

An honours merit calculation will be based on the averaged results of the last 100 credits in the final year of the course with the following descriptive outcomes:

  • BDes (IA) (Hons) with High Distinction; for students who achieve ≥ 80
  • BDes (IA) (Hons) with Distinction; for students who achieve 70 – 79
  • BDes (IA) (Hons) with Credit; for students who achieve 60 – 69
  • BDes (IA) (Hons); for students who achieve < 60

For students who enter with exempted credits, a minimum of at least 150 credits within the Major is required to be eligible for an award and for an honours merit calculation. At least 75 out of the last 100 credits comply with AQF level 8.

This honours merit calculation will be based only on units completed at Swinburne. If a student has not completed the specified units, they will graduate with a BDes (IA) (Hons) as an award title, but not be eligible for a merit based honours description.

The following units will be used in the Honours merit calculation:

4 year - Stream 1
DDD40001 Methods for Design Research
DIA40001 Capstone: Interior Architecture Practice 1
DDD30038 Project Management and Practice
DDD30036 Professional Attributes for Design
DIA40002 Capstone: Interior Architecture Practice 2

4 year - Stream 2
DDD40001 Methods for Design Research
DDD40012 DFM Toolbox: Innovation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration 1
DDD40013 DFM Practice: Innovation & Interdisciplinary Collaboration 2
DDD40007 Industry Engagement and the Problem Solving Space
DDD30038 Project Management and Practice
DDD30036 Professional Attributes for Design

Elective

4 year - Stream 3
DDD40015 Research Methods for Global Design Innovation
DDD40010 DFM Global Toolbox: Innovation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
DDD40011 DFM: Global Innovation & Interdisciplinary Collaboration 1
DDD40004 DFM: Global Innovation & Interdisciplinary Collaboration 2
DDD40005 DFM: Design for Science and Technology 1
DDD40006 DFM: Design for Science and Technology 2

Maximum Academic Credit
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) (Honours) is 250 credit points (normally 20 units)