Design and information technology are strongly complementary fields. Together, they provide a powerful combination of highly valuable skills and knowledge.
You might combine a specialisation in communication design with a multimedia development major in information technology adding to the strength and relevance of each. You might focus your industrial design on the creation of 'smart' products and sophisticated interactive tools, or the next generation of gaming devices or wearable technologies.
This combination of creativity and cutting edge technology will challenge you to link your lateral thinking and problem-solving skills. It will help you to create innovative products and compelling imagery using the latest technologies.
NOTE: For learning outcomes and other relevant information of this double degree, refer to the single degree entries:
The requirements below detail what you must study in order to complete this double-degree course and receive the awards.
Units are 6 points unless otherwise specified. You must complete 192 points:
1. 96 points must be completed in Parts A, B, C and D as described below in F2002 Bachelor of Design component
- the specialisation completed must be communication or industrial design
2. 96 points must be completed in Parts A and B as described below in C2000 Bachelor of Information Technology component, of which:
- the major completed must be games development or interactive media or software development
- you should consult the Faculty on your choice of major if you intend to apply for the IBL stream.
Bachelor of Design is a specialist course that develops through theme studies in history and theory, drawing foundation, and design studios specific to each of the specialisations. These will come together in the form of a graduand exhibition normally developed during the final two studio units in the course.
Part A. History and theory studies (30 points)
History and theory units will equip you with the skills necessary to research design issues, and enable you to contextualise your own practice and communicate ideas and strategies. Through the prism of history, you will begin to situate the place of design in society by referencing pivotal art, design and architecture movements. Later units address issues of culture, society and specific design themes.
You must complete:
- AHT1101 Introduction to visual culture in art, design and architecture
- TDN1002 Design and the avant-garde
- TDN2001 Sociologies of design
- TDN3001 Research for design
- TDN3002 Design strategy and professional practice or TDN3003Not offered in 2018 Design criticism
Part B. Drawing foundation (6 points)
This will assist you to develop the practical and intellectual skills required by art, design and architecture students in the discipline of drawing.
You must complete:
Part C. Design studios (60 points)
This is the component of the course through which you will develop key skills and concepts particular to your design discipline.
In the communication design studio units you will undertake a focussed exploration of a range of media and elements including typography, image, layout, two and three-dimensional design, interactivity, sound and motion as core components to communication design solutions. Studio-based projects across both print and digital media platforms will develop skills in narrative structure, typography, image construction and manipulation, interactive communication processes, production methods and technologies, and the planning and management of design outcomes.
In the industrial design studio units you will undertake a focussed exploration of the range of issues, skills and techniques vital to the realisation of user-centred design. Through industrial design projects, you will learn about topics such as visualisation techniques, ergonomics, materials, production methods and technologies.
Design studios must be completed in one of the following design areas.
You must complete
- CDS1001 Communication design studio 1 (12 points)
- CDS1002 Communication design studio 2 (12 points)
- CDS2001 Communication design studio 3 (12 points)
- CDS3001 Communication design studio 4 (12 points)
- CDS3002 Communication design studio 5 (12 points)
You must complete:
- IDN1001 Industrial design studio 1 (12 points)
- IDN1002 Industrial design studio 2 (12 points)
- IDN2001 Industrial design studio 3 (12 points)
- IDN3001 Industrial design studio 4 (12 points)
- IDN3002 Industrial design studio 5 (12 points)
Part D. Occupational health and safety study (0 points)
This will introduce you to occupational health, safety and environmental training particularly within the context of studying art, design and architecture.
You must complete:
- OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety
Information technology component
Bachelor of Information Technology is about the application of computer-based technologies and systems to meet individual and organisation information needs. The course will enable you to gain the knowledge and skills needed to use IT effectively and to use, develop and manage IT-based systems.
Part A. Information technology specified study (48 points)
This will provide you with foundation skills and knowledge for your IT education and ensure a breadth of understanding of IT and its applications in organisations and society.
You must complete:*
a. One introductory programming unit (6 points) from:**
- FIT1051 Programming fundamentals in java
- FIT1045 Algorithms and programming fundamentals in python
- FIT1048 Fundamentals of C++
b. The following four units (24 points):
- FIT1047 Introduction to computer systems, networks and security
- FIT1049 IT professional practice
- FIT2002 IT project management
- FIT2094 Databases
c. One of (6 points):
- FIT2001 Systems development
- FIT2099 Object-oriented design and implementation
d. Capstone project units (12 points) or an industry-based learning unit (18 points) from one of the following combinations (depending on your choice of major):
Software development major
- FIT3047 Industry experience studio project 1 and FIT3048 Industry experience studio project 2
Games development and Interactive media majors
an industry-based learning unit (18 points)
- FIT3045 Industry-based learning (only for students in the industry-based learning placement stream) (18 points)***
Part B. Information technology listed major (48 points)
This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your expertise in one area of information technology. You will develop the practical and theoretical skills and knowledge in your chosen major needed to successfully plan, develop, implement and evaluate information products and systems.
You must complete one of the following information technology listed majors. A major requires eight units with no more than two units at level one (12 points) and at least three units (18 points) at level three.
If you intend to undertake an honours year you should ensure you complete the specific units required as a pre-requisite for honours in your chosen major area of study.
You may be eligible to exit this double degree course early and graduate with one of the single awards once you have successfully completed a total of a 144 points, including all of the requirements for the relevant single degree component.
- 144 points to exit with the Bachelor of Design
- 144 points to exit with the Bachelor of Information Technology
You may be eligible to apply for a one-year honours course once you have successfully completed this double degree, or have completed all of the requirements for one of the single degrees including a total of 144 points. The following honours courses apply:
- F3702 Bachelor of Communication Design (Honours)
- C3701 Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
You are usually eligible to apply for honours if you achieve a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level 3. This sometimes also means you need to have completed specific units.