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Study Design at Curtin


Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Design
3 years full-time
Curtin Perth, Curtin Mauritius


Learn to design through project-based activities using industry-standard equipment, technologies and media platforms.

Study Design at Curtin

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Broad career options

Tailor your degree to suit your career aspirations.

If design is your passion, this flexible degree offers a number of exciting majors that will develop your practical skills in a global context, so you can take your career anywhere in the world.

Throughout the three-year program you will learn through project-based activities and have the opportunity to work together with students from other disciplines, mirroring a real industry environment.

You'll use industry-standard equipment and software, and graduate with a comprehensive portfolio that demonstrates your skills to future employers.

Create your dream degree


Specialise in an area that inspires you:


This step usually happens after you accept Curtin’s offer for your chosen major.

You can study up to two minors in Design. Each option is subject to availability.

Option 1: One Design minor and four elective units

Option 2: One Design minor and one non-Design minor

Option 3: Two Design minors

Available design minors are:

  • Animation and Game Design
  • Creative Advertising Design
  • Digital Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography

If you have interests outside the field of design, you may choose elective units or a second minor in a complementary study area such as business, arts or languages to gain a wider skill set.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year, enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

Curtin is the highest ranked University in Western Australia in the field of Art and Design and is in the top 200 in the world.*

You will benefit from having transferable skills to adapt to changing employment trends without having to retrain.

This flexible course allows you to choose one or two areas of design that suit your career aspirations, as well as providing opportunities to study complementary electives such as business, arts and languages, so you can become more competitive in the job market.

Design is a rapidly growing field of employment. Graphic designers, web designers and illustrators accounted for 59,500 employed designers in Australia in 2018, and the number is expected to grow to 67,00 by 2023.** 

*QS World Rankings 2018

** 2018

How this course will make you industry ready

In your final year you will be given the opportunity to complete a capstone unit. You will explore interdisciplinary themes through the creation of design-focused projects, and benefit from strong links with industry across the design majors. The networks and skills you'll develop in this unit will ensure you graduate industry-ready.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates may convert student memberships of national professional design and industry bodies, such as the Design Institute of Australia, into full professional memberships following qualification and professional experience.

Career information

  • Graphic designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Electronic game developer
  • Creative Director
  • Illustrator
  • Photojournalist
  • Photographer
  • Design educator
  • Entrepreneur
  • Production manager

What you'll learn

  • apply discipline knowledge to critically review, analyse, consolidate and contribute to evidence-based practice in their chosen design discipline
  • demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in both a broad understanding of design and with depth in at least one discipline
  • use and discern between a range of design technologies and media platforms in the production of design-based solutions
  • demonstrate effective visual, spoken, written and technical communication appropriate to their chosen design discipline and apply effective self-directed learning skills
  • demonstrate personal awareness of a design specific practice and sustain an engagement with contemporary practices, technologies and the creative industries
  • develop a predictive overview of future trends that will influence design and design practices
  • recognise the importance of social, ethical and cultural diversity and consider local and international perspectives in design activities, studio practice and production
  • demonstrate how intercultural awareness and understanding impacts on personal and professional skills and on the ability to lead
  • work independently and collaboratively on design projects and respond to project demands

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

International student indicative fees

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $360*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,800*
Total indicative course fee $88,700*
Indicative year 1 fee $29,600*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $360*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,800*
Total indicative course fee $90,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $29,600*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: B-DESIGN
  • CRICOS code: 098137F
  • Last updated on: October 26, 2020