Bachelor of Design

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Bachelor of Design


Program summary

Dr Uwe Terton
Program coordinator

Dr Uwe Terton

Sketch out your future in design

Designers play a pivotal role in the way we communicate, interact, learn, and problem solve. Developed with a strong industry focus, this program encourages you to discover your own creative passions, skills, and style through experimentation in a studio-based environment. You’ll use traditional and leading-edge technical tools to take on a broad spectrum of design challenges.

In this program you will:

  • Gain the skills to produce original ideas and design solutions that are both aesthetic, functional, and engaging.
  • Learn to think creatively, analytically, and sustainably to solve design-related problems.
  • Develop communication skills to deliver your concepts within small classes facilitated by academics with extensive industry experience.
  • Build a high level of design expertise in one of the following majors: Animation and Visualisation Design, Interaction and UX Design, Serious Games Design or Visual Communication.
Career opportunities:
  • Animation and Visualisation Designer
  • Interactive and UX Designer
  • Serious Games Designer
  • Game Artist
  • Game Programmer
  • Visual Communication Designer
  • Animator
  • Visualisation Designer
  • Simulation Designer
  • Concept Artist
  • Photographer
  • Fashion Designer

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (3) 36 units

CMN101 Introduction to Creative Entrepreneurship
COR109 Communication and Thought
DES102 Visual Storytelling

Developing and Graduate courses (1) 12 units

CMN313 Creativity, Design and Communication Project

PLUS select 12 courses (144 units) to complete 1 major and 1 minor from the following:


Animation and Visualisation Design
Interactive and UX Design
Serious Games Design
Visual Communication


Animation and Visualisation Design
Fashion Studies
Game Art
Game Programming
Interactive and UX Design
Interactive Narrative
Serious Games Design
Photographic Practice
Visual Communication

Elective courses (8) 96 units

Select 8 elective courses (96 units) from the undergraduate elective course options. Students are strongly encouraged to use their electives to complete additional courses the available Design disciplines.

Please note the total number of introductory courses that can be undertaken in this program is 120 units (10 courses).
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 288

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • You must select and register your required major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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