Bachelor of Design Arts
Australian National University (ANU)
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Bachelor Degree (Pass)
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Year 12; portfolio/interview
This Bachelor of Design Arts aims to prepare students for careers as professional designer-makers. Students major in any of the relevant disciplines offered by the School, including: Ceramics, Furniture, Glass, Gold and Silversmithing, Textiles and Sculpture. Strongly based in the relevant discipline, this degree benefits from the use of current digital technology for design development, fabrication and promotion.
Subjects you can Study
Ceramics; Furniture; Glass; Gold and silversmithing; Sculpture; Textiles
* Cut-off scores may not appear with some courses. There a number of possible reasons for this: The course may require entrance criteria other than a cut-off score, such as a portfolio, an interview or an audition; the course may not be open to school leavers; cut-off information may be unavailable. Check the detailed course information available on The Details tab to read more about the course's entry requirements.
Bachelor Degree (Pass)
- Full-time internal = 3 years
- Part-time internal = 6 years
144 units including: 1 design arts major (48 units); 1 design minor (24 units); compulsory courses (24 units); plus electives (48 units)
Year 12; portfolio/interview
Credit may be granted for equivalent studies as appropriate at other universities.
This program can also be incorporated into a double degree through the Flexible Double - Arts, Social Sciences group or Flexible Double - Law group.
How does this course perform?
How do study fields for Bachelor of Design Arts at Australian National University (ANU) perform?
Life after Study
Artists conceive and create visual representations to investigate, respond to or communicate an impression or idea.
Craftspersons design, make and repair objects that have both functional and artistic qualities, working with wood, metal, glass, leather, ceramics, textiles and other materials.
Jewellers design and make jewellery and small objects using a wide range of materials, including metals, stones, woods, plastics and fibres.
Textile designers produce ideas and designs for printed, woven or knitted textiles and many patterned surfaces.
About Australian National University (ANU)
A holistic learning experience
Shaped by its culture of intensive research, ANU offers a holistic learning experience that goes beyond lectures and tutorials, giving students access to active researchers and unique opportunities for development in Australia and overseas.
ANU is home to an interconnected and global community of scholars who are leaders in their fields. As a relatively small university, students at all levels work alongside and engage with world-class researchers and educators.
Choice, flexibility and opportunity
Whether you already know what your academic passion is, or are yet to find out, the choice offered at ANU will help you find your specialty. Programs are broadly grouped around academic disciplines . Most undergraduate coursework programs offer the flexibility to combine subjects in a way that prepares you for your career and matches your personal interests.
- Flexible Double Degrees ™ (bachelor/bachelor) — a wide range of degree combinations, put together by the student. ANU pioneered this modular degree design and was the first university to offer this depth of choice and flexibility anywhere in the world.
- Vertical Double Degrees ™ (bachelor/master) — a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate study across a range of disciplines, completed in a reduced time frame.
- research and advanced degrees — an opportunity for high-achieving undergraduate students to undertake intensive research study. Programs include the Bachelor of Philosophy (PhB), Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research and Development) and bachelor (honours).
ANU also offers high-achievers a range of opportunities to extend their academic experience. Some of these include:
- the ANU Student Mobility Program : gives students the opportunity to study for a semester at one of over 100 partner universities across Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific.
- the Australian National Internships Program : an elite program offering students the opportunity to undertake an internship with a federal Member of Parliament or Senator, or in a public policy focused institution or non-government organisation.
- Vice-Chancellor’s courses : interdisciplinary in terms of content, teaching staff and students. They involve ANU researchers from across a wide range of different disciplines sharing their innovative teaching practices and research with students.
Campus and university life
ANU has the highest percentage of students living on campus anywhere in Australia, creating a vibrant campus community where you can study and socialise with like-minded peers.
The main campus is in Australia’s capital city, Canberra, on 145 hectares of parkland that adjoins native bushland and Lake Burley Griffin. It is also located next to the central business district where there is an abundance of activities, shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. Canberra is a young and evolving city with an active social life and growing arts scene, major sporting teams and facilities.
The university has 11 main residences located on or near campus that provide accommodation for undergraduate students.
First-time undergraduate students from outside the Australian Capital Territory are guaranteed a place in a university hall, affiliated residence or lodge if they meet conditions .
Find out more at anu.edu.au .
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