Bachelor of Design

Learn how to devise and produce objects, places, spaces and processes in response to economic, technical and social needs and desires. Note: the last intake of this bachelor's degree is Semester 2, 2017. Most Design majors will then fall under the Bachelor of Arts.

The learning experience

Facilities include multiple computer labs with 24-hour access; digital fabrication equipment such as plastic extrusion 3D printers and laser-cutters; a printmaking studio with etching presses and spray booths; and multimedia production facilities.

Careers and further study

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Associated professional pathway

As a Bachelor of Design graduate, you can choose from a multitude of professional pathways. For example, Bachelor of Design graduates are eligible to apply for a range of professional postgraduate degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and related areas, as well as professional postgraduate degrees in Law, Medicine, Engineering (if they also hold a major in Engineering Science) and many other areas.
Bachelor of design
Bachelor of Design

Beyond your degree

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Design you will have the creativity, flexibility, tenacity and technical skills essential for a career in design.

A number of postgraduate qualifications, including architecture, landscape architecture, urban design or engineering are open to you. This degree is a starting point for students who plan to pursue a professional qualification in architecture or landscape architecture as well as further studies in urban design, which can be undertaken at postgraduate level after completion of the Bachelor of Design.

Bachelor of Design
Bachelor of Design

Related careers

Bachelor of Design
Bachelor of Design


If you perform well in the first three years of your BDes degree you may enrol in honours.
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Bachelor of Design - student testimonial

Guy Leggett

Studying Design is always exciting and challenging. The series of lectures, which range from fine art and architectural history to building technology and design theory, help to give students a significant knowledge base.

The Nedlands campus offers access to many useful facilities – including studio spaces, computer labs, social spaces and the ALVA student hub - allowing you to get the most out of your university. Studio coordinators and tutors are always available to offer assistance both with initial ideas and design development, stimulating the thought process and pushing projects further.  

Bachelor of Design - student testimonial

Entry requirements

To be considered for this course you must: 

  • achieve the University’s minimum entry score (ATAR of 80 or equivalent)
  • demonstrate English language competence
  • satisfy any prerequisites for your preferred majors (refer to individual major descriptions for prerequisite details)

More specific information on admission requirements, depending on your education history, is provided.

About the Bachelor of Design

The Bachelor of Design offers you a rich combination of experiences in imaginative creativity, the humanities and the sciences. The course is suitable for students who are interested in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, fine arts, urban design, engineering, and design in general. This degree will be your starting point if you plan to pursue a professional postgraduate qualification in architecture, landscape architecture or urban design, which can be studied at postgraduate level. Pathways to other professions, including engineering, may also be of interest to design graduates.

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Why study Design

Studying Design at UWA will allow you to develop your individual viewpoint and an understanding of how the values of society affect the design of the complete environment.

As a UWA Design student your practical hands-on studies will be enriched by leading research practice. The course will equip you with the necessary skills to think creatively and logically and to take advantage of emerging technologies. You will also be open to innovative ways of thinking and practising.  The course will teach you to address contemporary issues in an independent and creative way, in order to participate in a most challenging and rewarding vocation.

bachelor of Design
Bachelor of Design

What you can study

As a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Design, you can choose to take one or two majors, depending on your professional aspirations. You will also have the opportunity to choose a second major from this list or select your second major from those available in the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Science degrees.
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ATAR entry scores

These figures detail the median ATAR and the lower and upper quartile figures for this course for 2017.
Median ATAR
Lower quartile
Upper quartile
The lower quartile is the median, or middle, of the bottom 50 per cent of scores, and the upper quartile is the median of the top 50 per cent of scores. View more information about UWA's ATAR entry standards.