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Overview

From websites and mobile apps to the internet of things and virtual reality, you will be at the leading edge of today’s user experience (UX) design world when you study with us.

By taking the Bachelor of Design Computing, you will learn how to create human-centred products and services. You will gain a toolbox of skills in visual design, digital media production, coding, prototyping and UX design.

Most importantly, you will be taught to recognise and use tools that address specific social and commercial challenges and 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. For example, you are eligible to graduate from Design Computing with a minor in Information Technologies (IT). Our independent study options, as well as the optional honours year, allow you to further develop specific skills and work on your own project ideas. 

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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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.

NOTE: Semester 2 2020 changes:
Sem 2, 2020 application closing date for direct applicants: 17 August
Sem 2, 2020 start date: 24 August

Standard closing dates:

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

Semester 2 - 30 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 Bachelor of Design Computing incorporates knowledge learnt in four major studios that will broaden your knowledge in significant themes in design computing, as well as develop your communication and design process skills.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

The School of Architecture, Design and Planning will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of their award course. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements, students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Design Computing

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Design Processes and Methods Design Programming 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 Information Visualisation Design Studio    
  2 Interaction Design Studio Elective Elective  

3

Exchange  Semester

1 Elective Elective Elective Elective
  2 Interactive Product Design Studio Elective Elective  


Indicative progression based on a Semester 1 enrolment with exchange.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics.
 

Applying for honours

The Bachelor of Design Computing (Honours) provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in design computing the opportunity to extend their potential in a research task under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The honours degree requires an extra year of full-time study. The award of honours is an avenue by which the best students can be recognised. By its nature, an honours degree carries more weight or prestige than the pass degree. It 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

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

 

Course opportunities

The School of Architecture, Design and Planning has a number of school-specific exchange programs available to currently enrolled students. Bachelor of Design Computing students may undertake 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
  • Product designer
  • Service designer
  • Data visualisation specialist
  • Creative technologist
  • Front-end developer
  • Digital producer

 

Career information for UAC

Examples include website design and development, digital creative for marketing, advertising and public relations, interactive multimedia design, information visualisation and design, entertainment computing, design of virtual environments, film and special effects and 2D and 3D modelling and animation.

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Domestic students

International students

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