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Bachelor of Design

From first semester, be immersed in a hands-on creative environment. You’ll have opportunities for internships, field trips to design projects and international study tours.

Highlights

Our design degree prepares students to have adaptable and resilient capabilities to design, think critically, and effectively communicate and collaborate to realise their ideas, in diverse situations.

Hands-on creativity

From first semester, you will be immersed in a hands-on creative environment and supported to start developing your own style and build your portfolio throughout your degree. Collaboration with students from other design disciplines is encouraged and reflects real design practice. You'll work in fully-equipped workshops with 3D printing, laser-cutting and the latest technologies.

End-of-year showcase events and exhibitions are an important feature of your course, and are celebrated by friends, family, and industry guests from the design community.

Connect with industry

You'll have direct connection to industry experts through teaching and tutoring staff, and guest lecturers. With opportunities for international exchange and study tours, field trips to real design projects, work integrated learning and internships with industry partners, you'll get the experiences you need to lay the foundations for your career.

Bring ideas to life

Your foundation units in first year reinforce strong design engagement principles providing opportunities to create, visualise and make your designs. In your impact lab units, you'll focus on problems and social issues by working in interdisciplinary teams to research and identify potential solutions through applied real-world complex projects within the themes of Place, People, Planet and Purpose. The labs are also a great way to engage with your fellow students.

Double degrees

QUT offers a range of new double degree options that give you greater career flexibility and provide an edge in a highly competitive design industry. Options include combining architecture with business, engineering, property economics or construction management; fashion with business; industrial design with business, engineering or law; or interaction design with business, engineering or IT. Double degrees often have multiple professional recognition.

Career success

Our graduates forge successful careers in Australia and internationally. Throughout your studies you'll collaborate with a diverse range of like-minded designers and set up career-enhancing networks.

As a graduate, you will be work ready with an internationally recognised qualification, as well as deep disciplinary knowledge and skills that you will be able to creatively apply to complex real-world challenges.

Courses informed by research

Our design programs are informed by research insights generated within the QUT Design Lab, which contributes to Australia's National Innovation agenda, addressing major challenges in design across health and wellbeing, community, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, emerging technology and design criticality. This research adds depth to your studies, and provides information on the latest industry developments to help you in your career management.

Current research projects include development of a youth mobile help-seeking toolkit; solutions for active ageing in residential aged care; designing healthy and efficient lighting environments in green buildings; and commercially focused research projects in design thinking, education and design fabrication.

Highlights

Our design degree prepares students to have adaptable and resilient capabilities to design, think critically, and effectively communicate and collaborate to realise their ideas, in diverse situations.

Hands-on creativity

From first semester, you will be immersed in a hands-on creative environment and supported to start developing your own style and build your portfolio throughout your degree. Collaboration with students from other design disciplines is encouraged and reflects real design practice. You'll work in fully-equipped workshops with 3D printing, laser-cutting and the latest technologies.

End-of-year showcase events and exhibitions are an important feature of your course, and are celebrated by friends, family, and industry guests from the design community.

Connect with industry

You'll have direct connection to industry experts through teaching and tutoring staff, and guest lecturers. With opportunities for international exchange and study tours, field trips to real design projects, work integrated learning and internships with industry partners, you'll get the experiences you need to lay the foundations for your career.

Bring ideas to life

Your foundation units in first year reinforce strong design engagement principles providing opportunities to create, visualise and make your designs. In your impact lab units, you'll focus on problems and social issues by working in interdisciplinary teams to research and identify potential solutions through applied real-world complex projects within the themes of Place, People, Planet and Purpose. The labs are also a great way to engage with your fellow students.

Double degrees

QUT offers a range of new double degree options that give you greater career flexibility and provide an edge in a highly competitive design industry. Options include combining architecture with business, engineering, property economics or construction management; fashion with business; industrial design with business, engineering or law; or interaction design with business, engineering or IT. Double degrees often have multiple professional recognition.

Career success

Our graduates forge successful careers in Australia and internationally. Throughout your studies you'll collaborate with a diverse range of like-minded designers and set up career-enhancing networks.

As a graduate, you will be work ready with an internationally recognised qualification, as well as deep disciplinary knowledge and skills that you will be able to creatively apply to complex real-world challenges.

Courses informed by research

Our design programs are informed by research insights generated within the QUT Design Lab, which contributes to Australia's National Innovation agenda, addressing major challenges in design across health and wellbeing, community, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, emerging technology and design criticality. This research adds depth to your studies, and provides information on the latest industry developments to help you in your career management.

Current research projects include development of a youth mobile help-seeking toolkit; solutions for active ageing in residential aged care; designing healthy and efficient lighting environments in green buildings; and commercially focused research projects in design thinking, education and design fabrication.

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