Bachelor of Design

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  • Qualification:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Web Designer | Graphic Designer | Interior Designer | Web Developer | Game Designer | View All

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Course Rundown

Do you want to become a graphic designer? Are you interested in working in game development, or on animation in film? Perhaps your passion lies in the creation of aesthetic and functional physical spaces. Whatever your focus, a Bachelor of Design from Edith Cowan University in Perth is your ticket to an exciting creative career in the world of design.

This comprehensive course takes a creative approach to media, design and visual culture, providing you with key knowledge and critical skills. You’ll study core units focused on basic design principles and concepts, as well as undertaking specialised study in one of four majors: Animation, Environmental and Spatial Design, Games and Interactivity or Graphic Design. With real-world clients and scenarios in mind, you’ll gain hands-on experience in researching and developing original design products.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have the technical and general skills you need to succeed in the rapidly evolving design industry. So what are you waiting for? Whether it’s graphic, interior, web or game design that lights your fire, this course will kickstart your dream career.


You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum indicative ATAR of 70 (or equivalent); OR
  • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
  • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
  • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU’s standard requirements; OR
  • Have completed a bridging or enabling course; AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements.

Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent.

If none of the above applies to you, but you have work and life experience, you may be eligible to apply via ECU’s Experience-Based Entry Scheme.

In this design course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units

  • Communications and Digital Technology
  • Representation and Interpretation
  • Creativity: Theory, Practice and History
  • Preparation for Professional Life

Animation major

  • Design Foundations: Design History
  • Design Practices: Animation
  • Film and Cinema Studies
  • Design Practices: Identity
  • Scriptwriting: Short Films
  • 3D Visualisation
  • Experience Design
  • Vector Illustration
  • 3D Animation
  • Digital Video 2
  • Advanced Digital Video
  • Design Practices: Project

Environmental and Spatial Design major

  • Design Practices: Identity
  • 3D Design Practices: Narrative Design
  • Collaborative Design
  • Design Foundations: Design History
  • Design Drawing
  • 3D Visualisation
  • Experience Design
  • 3D Design Practices: CAD for Designers
  • 3D Design Practices: Spatial Design
  • Vector Illustration
  • 3D Design Practices: Materiality
  • Design Practices: Project

Games and Interactivity major

  • Design Foundations: Design History
  • Web Design
  • Camera Work and Lighting
  • Vector Illustration
  • Interactive Media
  • 3D Visualisation
  • Experience Design
  • Advanced Web Design
  • Game Design: Principles
  • Game Design: Practices
  • Advanced Game Design
  • Design Practices: Project

Graphic Design major

  • Design Foundations: Design History
  • Design Practices: Animation
  • Collaborative Design
  • Design Practices: Identity
  • Design Practices: Pre-press
  • Design Practices: Typography
  • Experience Design
  • Vector Illustration
  • Illustration
  • Design Practices: Information and Advertising Design
  • Design Practices: Publication
  • Design Practices: Project

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Western Australia: Mount Lawley

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Design from Edith Cowan University.

Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in a number of areas within the design industry, including graphic design, interior design, web design, animation and game development. Graduates may also choose to pursue further study with a Master of Design degree.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Students may pay for this course upfront or through a government HECS-HELP loan (eligibility criteria applies).

Scholarships and ECU Student Loans are also available to eligible students.

HECS-HELP 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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