Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00116K

The Bachelor of Design is a uniquely multidisciplinary degree that fosters innovative design professionals equipped with new ways of thinking, practical skills and theoretical expertise. Students use innovative processes to solve problems creatively, and determine solutions for a better future, working with internationally recognised scholars and industry professionals to develop knowledge and skills. Students study real projects within the built environment, engineering performing arts, graphic design, and technology disciplines such as computing, digital technologies and spatial systems. No design portfolio is required to gain entry into the Bachelor of Design. You can apply to the Bachelor of Design on its own, or in a Graduate Degree Package (GDP) with the Juris Doctor, Master of Architecture / Construction Management / Engineering / Landscape Architecture / Property / Urban Planning or the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) / (Early Childhood and Primary) / (Primary) / (Secondary). You can apply for a GDP direct from completing an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) as a domestic or international student in Australia or as a domestic student outside Australia. See study.unimelb.edu.au for details.


The Bachelor of Design offers unique flexibility with the option of completing majors, minors, double majors and specialisations. Students can combine in-depth study in a particular area with subjects from a wide range of disciplines within the field of design. There are no subjects that are compulsory to the degree.


  • Architecture
  • Civil Systems
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Digital Technologies
  • Graphic Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Performance Design
  • Property
  • Spatial Systems
  • Urban Planning.

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL. Applicants intending to major in Civil Systems, Computing, Construction, Mechanical Systems, Property or Spatial Systems may be required to undertake a bridging subject in mathematics as breadth in first year. This is equivalent to Units 3 and 4 Mathematical Methods, and entry requires a mathematics background equivalent to Units 1 and 2 Mathematical Methods.


Students and graduates of this course may be eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia.

Study pathways

The Bachelor of Design provides pathways to more than 20 different master degrees in areas including engineering, information technology, architecture, architectural engineering, construction management, landscape architecture, property, urban design, urban planning, computer science, agricultural science, sustainable cities and regions, production design for screen, and design for performance (applicants must meet all entry requirements). Studies in areas such as business and economics, law, psychology, humanities and teaching are also available. The Diploma in General Studies may give students guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Design depending on their academic performance.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
  • ATAR: 85
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Parkville.

International fee range is $100,992-$140,768, based on the number of subjects taken, their credit point value and the discipline band for each subject.

Further information

The Chancellor's Scholars guarantees very high-achieving students a Commonwealth Supported Place or International Fee Place in the graduate program* of their choice, plus a range of other benefits complementing the Bachelor of Design. The guarantee includes degrees such as the Master of Property and the Master of Architecture. No minimum Grade Point Average is required in your undergraduate degree. Students will receive a Melbourne Chancellor's Scholarship. You must have completed an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in 2019, satisfied prerequisites and any extra requirements, and achieved an ATAR (or notional ATAR) of 99.90 or above. Indigenous applicants must achieve an ATAR (or notional ATAR) of 90.00 or above. Successful Chancellor's Scholars applicants must either enrol immediately or be granted a deferral in the year following Year 12. *This guarantee is subject to meeting any selection requirements as specified for the graduate program.

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