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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

The Bachelor of Design Computing/Bachelor of Advanced Studies will build your skills in entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation, broaden your opportunities and prepare you for future success

In this degree you will learn how to use design to define the interactions between people and technology by understanding usersneeds and desires to create elegant, high calibre, commercially viable products and services. You will gain a toolbox of skills in design process and methods, coding, object design, digital media production, prototyping and user experience (UX) design. Most importantly, you will be taught to recognise and use tools that address specific social and commercial challenges, to solve real-world problems.

The degree includes four design studios that focus on user experience (UX) design, interaction design, information visualisation, and interactive product design. Through these you will build your portfolio and be well prepared for a career in this exciting, high-growth and highly paid industry. You can also take electives from other faculties.

When doing the combined Bachelor of Design Computing/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you will complete a second major, combine studies from a range of disciplines, undertake advanced coursework, and get involved in cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

In the final year of your degree, you have two options, Advanced Coursework OR Honours:

    Advanced Coursework: Enhance your leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and increase your employment prospects. You will undertake challenging coursework and experience work outside the classroom by collaborating with other students on a substantial real-world project.

    Honours: Develop deep analytical skills and prepare yourself for further research opportunities, such as pursuing a PhD. You will undertake a supervised but independent research project as well as connected discipline-based and/or research-focused coursework. Admission to the honours pathway is subject to meeting the specified WAM and additional entry requirements. Check with your faculty for details.

Subject areas
Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

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Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website. Separate scholarship deadlines apply – visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates:

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year.

Semester 2 - 25 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The degree includes four design studios that focus on user experience (UX) design, interaction design, information visualisation, and interactive product design. Through these you will build your portfolio and be well prepared for a career in this exciting, high-growth and highly paid industry. You can also take electives from other faculties.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Design Computing and Bachelor of Advanced Studies

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1

Design Programming

Design Processes and Methods

Digital Media Production

Visual Communication

  2 3D Modelling and Fabrication Physical Computing Web Design and Technologies Principles of Animation
2 1 User Experience Design Studio Elective Elective  
  2 Interaction Design Studio Elective Elective  
3 1 Information Visualisation Design Studio Elective Elective  
  2 Interactive Product Design Studio Elective Elective  

*Sample indicative progression, Sem 1 commencement.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics

Applying for honours

Students who meet the admission criteria for honours, including the completion of two majors, can apply to undertake the honours option through this combined Bachelor of Design Computing and Bachelor Advanced Studies degree once you complete 132 credit points. 

Students who may not have completed two majors will have the option to apply for honours through the one year appended honours degree, Bachelor of Design Computing (Honours) if they have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in design computing.

An honours degree provides the opportunity to extend your potential in a research task under the supervision of a member of academic staff. 

The award of honours is an avenue to recognising the best students. By its nature, an honours degree carries great prestige and is highly regarded by employers and other universities.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Portfolio Admission Scheme for Domestic Applicants

Domestic applicants are invited to submit a portfolio of work in support of your application. The portfolio will be considered as part of your application.

For more information about the portfolio and submission visit the Portfolio admissions pathway page on the school's website.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

The School of Architecture, Design and Planning has a number of specific exchange programs available to currently enrolled students. Bachelor of Design Computing students may undertake an exchange in the second year or first semester of the third year of their degree. Students may undertake exchanges of no more than two semesters in duration.

Career Pathways

  • Interaction designer
  • User-experience (UX) designer
  • Creative director
  • Business development
  • Marketing consultant
  • Communications advisor
  • Project manager
  • Design manager
  • Web and multimedia designer
  • Multimedia strategist
  • Creative technologist

 

Future Study Options

Eligible candidates may proceed to an additional honours year in the Bachelor of Design Computing. 

The school offers a graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's degree in Interaction Design and Electronic Arts as well as research master's degrees and PhDs. 

The course also provides for admission to a range of postgraduate and graduate entry coursework programs at the University of Sydney.

Future study

Eligible candidates may proceed to an additional honours year in the Bachelor of Design Computing. The school offers a graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's degree in Interaction Design and Electronic Arts as well as research master's degrees and PhDs. The course also provides for admission to a range of postgraduate and graduate entry coursework programs at the University of Sydney.

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