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Course information set

  • Gain practical skills in designing for new media technologies and digital screen displays.
  • Study digital and graphic design, advertising, web design, interface design, usability and information architecture.
  • Create a portfolio and exhibit design works to industry professionals.
  • Graduate with an honours level qualification.
  • Gain employment in emerging industries: games development, multiplatform interactive entertainment, and multimedia installation production.
QTAC course code421052
QUT course code DE42
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2018 February

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 079947G
  • Academic
  • Advertising Professional
  • Animator
  • Computer Games Developer
  • Digital Composer
  • Government Officer
  • Information Officer
  • Internet Professional
  • Marketing Officer/Manager
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Organisational Communication Specialist
  • Post-production specialist
  • Publishing Professional
  • Web Designer


This course prepares you to work as a visual communication designer across traditional and new interactive media forms. The combination of strong visual communication skills with studies in interaction and experience design ensures that you have the profile of experience required to succeed in a highly competitive design sector. You will be able to work in a wide range of design practices, from creative advertising to interaction design, leading projects from the conceptual stages through to production and publication.

The degree has an interdisciplinary focus that embraces twenty-first century design practice and offers a unique combination of traditional design skills and new technologies within a creative studio setting. Covering design for technologies such as smart phones, data tablets and urban screens, this course provides you with the skills and knowledge required to become a creative and innovative designer. A focus on experimentation, creativity, imagination and design thinking prepares you for a role as a leader in a rapidly changing industry.

Why choose this course?

Our studio approach provides you with a fertile environment to develop your creative and technical skills. A focus on experience design and design innovation allows you to explore a range of media and technologies and develop your own personal design style leading to a unique portfolio of design work. You can tailor your course to your interests with a second major from a wide range of study areas offered in business, creative media, design or information technology.

You will work on individual design projects as well as collaborate on industry-based, interdisciplinary team projects. The course provides you with opportunities to undertake industry placements with leading national and international design firms. In your final year, you will have the opportunity to create and exhibit a major design work at the graduate exhibition.

Your teaching team is recognised nationally and internationally for their research, as well as their design and creative works. You will have the opportunity to participate in work-led research groups and projects in the areas of urban informatics, transmedia, game design, interactive environments, electronic arts and creative media.

Career outcomes

The ability to work across new and traditional media is highly valued within the rapidly changing design industry. Graduates are in high demand and work in advertising agencies, design firms, computer game studios, new media production companies and cultural institutions. Graduates are employed in the roles of:

  • visual interaction designer
  • web designer
  • communication designer
  • graphic designer
  • digital media designer 
  • brand strategist 
  • interface designer 
  • experience designer 
  • creative director 
  • user researcher, or
  • information designer.

Professional recognition

Graduates qualify for associate membership of the Design Institute of Australia. The course is an educational member of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. 


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Interactive and Visual Design)

Customise your degree

Your interactive and visual design course consists of 19 units in your primary major and four units that are common to all six design majors (architectural studies, fashion, industrial design, interactive and visual design, interior design or landscape architecture).

An additional eight units are taken outside your primary major. After studying for a year you can:

  • choose a second major (eight units from any approved QUT degree), or
  • choose two minors (a minor is a specific set of four units drawn from courses throughout QUT), or
  • choose one minor and four electives.

Minors and majors allow you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career aspirations. Minors give you breadth of knowledge from two other areas and a second major provides depth in one area.

This means eight units of your course (one quarter of your degree) are taken from outside your primary major. You’ll work alongside students from other disciplines because that is how it will be when you graduate and work in the real world of design. The possibilities are almost endless. Here are some examples that might inspire ideas:

  • an architecture student could take a minor in interior design and a work integrated learning minor to gain professional industry experience
  • a landscape architecture student could take a language minor such as Italian to help them work overseas
  • an interior design student could take a second major in industrial design to aid their ambition to design and manufacture their own range of office furniture
  • an industrial design student could take a second major in mechanical or electrical engineering to give them a deeper understanding of manufacturing and production
  • a fashion student could take a minor in business and another in interior design to help meet their dream of launching their own concept fashion store
  • an interactive and visual design student could take a second major in advertising or marketing and work as a designer for a leading digital agency.
And remember - your second major or minors could be in film, creative writing, music, visual arts, drama or other disciplines across QUT. #

Your course

Year 1

  • understand the breadth of design process and theory
  • acquire technical skills
  • implement your designs across multiple media—from print through to digital
  • three foundation units covering design, design history and sustainability 
  • units in visual communication, image production, web design, interaction design and design thinking

Year 2

  • deepen your visual and interaction design skills
  • focus on contemporary web interfaces - desktop, tablet and mobile platforms
  • study typography, visual communication theories, generative design processes and interaction design methodologies
  • commence your second major in areas such as 3D computer graphics, advertising, animation, architecture, art history, fashion design, film and TV, game design, industrial design, interior design, online environments, marketing, public relations or visual arts

Year 3

  • advanced studies through complex design projects
  • incorporate advanced visual and interaction design methodologies
  • study visual information design, tangible and embodied media, and contemporary issues 
  • undertake industry internships in leading design firms locally and nationally as part of your studies
  • enrol in high-profile projects or international study tours

Year 4

  • complete a design-led research project - develop your own project, or work on highprofile real-world design projects led by QUT researchers and industry partners
  • develop a body of work that distinguishes and advances your design interests
  • design research methods and professional practice studies support this area of study and provide a context for design practice and a pathway to your career

Second degree

Undertaking a second major in one of the six design disciplines also gives you the option of obtaining a second degree*.

After graduation, you can return to complete the remaining 12 units (or equivalent) from your second major to obtain a second qualification. This is usually undertaken part time over two years while working.

Note: This is not a double degree because it is not undertaken simultaneously with the first degree.


A student completes a Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Industrial Design) with a second major in interactive and visual design. 

They can then return to complete units in interactive and visual design and graduate with a second design degree in interactive and visual design.

* To pursue a second design degree, this second major must be an approved set of eight units from within a Bachelor of Design (Honours) primary major.

# The choice of second majors may be limited in some disciplines.

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 13

Rank 71

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.


2018: CSP $9,300 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all undergraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Interactive and Visual Design)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (421052) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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