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Bachelor of Arts (Digital Design)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

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  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    24 units

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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What you'll learn

About this course

Enter the exciting design field of multimedia and interactivity, with this online Bachelor of Arts (Digital Design) course. Offered by Open Universities Australia in conjunction with Curtin University, this undergraduate course will equip you with the technical expertise and foundational design knowledge needed to work across video games, animation, website design and app development.

The undergraduate syllabus covers everything to get your ideas off the ground from idea generation and concept mock-ups through to execution across a range of different mediums. With this highly practical coursework and theoretical learnings under your belt, you'll be able to work as a UX designer, animator, 3D modeller and website designer.


To be eligible for a Commonwealth-supported place in this degree, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an Australian citizen residing in Australia, a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia or a permanent visa holder residing in Australia; AND
  • Have successfully passed 4 OUA units

If you haven't passed 4 OUA units, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Hold a Tertiary Entrance Ranking of 70 (TER, ATAR or equivalent)
  • Achieve a minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT
  • Have successfully completed a full semester (four standard units) of an undergraduate degree at an Australian university
  • Have successfully completed a Certificate IV or higher VET qualification
  • Have completed an enabling course through an Australian university

Areas of study

Core units - complete all:

  • Academic and professional communications
  • Art and creativity
  • Animation design introduction
  • Art and design fundamentals
  • Historical issues in art and design
  • Animation and special-effects compositing
  • Internet design: Introduction
  • Internet interactivity design
  • Motion graphics design: Introduction (from 2016)
  • Universal design principles (from 2016)
  • Internet dynamic environment design
  • Internet delivery design
  • Advanced animation (from 2016)
  • Digital portfolio development (from 2016)

Elective units - Pick 10 from any OUA undergraduate units.

Recommended electives include:

  • Visual arts research: Introduction to drawing
  • Visual arts research: Drawing A
  • Visual arts research: Drawing B
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Arts (Digital Design) from Curtin University.

By completing this bachelor program, you'll be equipped with the industry skills and technical expertise to pursue a career as a design professional in the field of interactive and digital design.

Curious about where a career in design could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Web Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Character Designer
  • 3D Animator
  • 3D Modeller
  • 3D Renderer
  • Computer Game Designer
  • Mobile Game Designer

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive a HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees.

Find out more information about HECS-HELP here.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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