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Overview

About this course 

 Join us at the leading edge of interaction design and prepare for an exciting career in an in-demand field. Develop a deep and rich understanding of how people interact with and experience the world around us, and discover how to design, prototype, and test new products, services and experiences.

In this degree, you will be introduced to two fundamental aspects of interaction design, the technical and the social, and explore how technology-mediated interactions, environments and experiences impact and influence our daily lives. 

You will delve deeply into experience and service design, build skills in emergent technologies, and develop a critical understanding of the role of interaction design. This unique combination of future-focussed skills will position you at the forefront of the field, ready to meet the design challenges of tomorrow.

The program combines technical design skills such as programming, interface and intelligent systems design with critical and creative user-centred, ethical and social design practices. You will have the opportunity to put these deep skills into practice, solving real world problems in design studio units. 

You will also have access to majors, minors and electives from other faculties through the university’s Shared Pool. For example, you can compliment your studies in Interaction Design with units of study in Digital Cultures, Software Development, or Visual Arts. 

An optional honours year is available to further develop specific skills and work on your own project ideas.  

Subject areas
Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

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: 

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

Core areas of study include app design, creative technology, design thinking, graphic design, information architecture, physical computing, sound design, user experience (UX), and user-centred design. The four design studios focus on user experience design, interaction design, information visualisation, and interactive product design. a

Related units may be taken from arts and social sciences, business, engineering, computer science, music, and visual arts.

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

Year Sem  Unit of study 

Year One

1

Design Process and Methods

Design Programming

Visual Communication

Selective

2

Introduction to Web Design

Design Theory and Culture

User Interface Design

Elective

Year Two

1

User Experience Design Studio

Professional Practice in Design

Selective

2

Interaction Design Studio

Qualitative Research in Design

Elective

Year Three

1

Information Visualisation Design Studio

Selective

Elective

2

Interactive Product Design Studio

Selective

Elective

Assumed knowledge

English, Mathematics

Applying for honours

The BDes (Interaction Design) provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in BDes (Interaction Design) 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 requirement

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.

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 (Interaction Design) 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 

Start your journey at the University of Sydney

Domestic students

International students

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