Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies)

Undergraduate degree

Develop the technical skills required to delve into software design, user interface design and design for augmented and virtual realities. All applicants for the Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies) need to submit a portfolio to Deakin. See details in the Entry Requirements.

Key facts

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Technology is an important driver to address 21st century problems. This course combines IT skills with design knowledge to build technologically astute graduates who can negotiate, adapt and deliver solutions in a changing world. In this Digital Technologies course we combine strong foundations in design thinking and strategies with the technical skills required to delve into software design, user interface design and design for augmented and virtual realities. This supports employment outcomes that differ from those of traditional IT or creative arts degrees.

 

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies) a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 15 x core units (totalling 16 credit points)
  • 2 x course elective units
  • 6 x open elective units
  • No more than 12 credit points at level 1
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

18

Core units

6

Electives

24

Total units

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies)
Year
2019 course information
VTAC code
1400510501 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
A344
CRICOS code?
095256A
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Additional course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

Participation requirements

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

Work experience

Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.

Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on one their performance in:

  • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
  • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
  • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including relevant work or life experience

All Applicants seeking admission to the Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies) will be required to complete a portfolio of work presented to a satisfactory standard.

Download our Folio-guide document to learn more about folio submission.

To submit your folio please go to www.deakin.edu.au/communication-creative-arts/portfolio-applications

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
Not applicable
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$7,282 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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How to apply

Apply through VTAC
If you studied Year 12 in 2018 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.
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Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you're only applying for one course.

Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

How to apply


Portfolio Application

When applying for this course, you must submit a portfolio of work in support of your application.

Learn more about portfolio requirements


Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.


Entry pathways

Course pathways to obtain Bachelor’s degree include: 1. Through Deakin – start the same course at a difference campus or start a related course then meet the requirements and apply to transfer, or complete and associate degree then apply for your coal course; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe or a private provider (RTOS)  – Complete one-year diploma, then apply for recognition of prior learning and your Deakin course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning

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Disclaimers:
Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin  are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

Credit for prior learning

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Faculty contact information

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

We provide step-by-step guidance online to make applying to Deakin easy. And, with three study periods a year, the next intake is never far away. Learn more about the application process and entry requirements by visiting our How to apply page.

When do applications close?

Application deadlines depend on the course and trimester you’re applying for.

Find out the application open and close dates for your course by visiting our Key dates page.

Missed the application cut-off? The good news is Deakin has three study periods a year, which means the next intake is never far away.

How do fees work?

Fees are paid according to the units you study each trimester.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to pay your course fees upfront. There are different loans available depending on the type of student you are and the course you’re applying for.

For more information on fees, including payment assistance, and understanding what type of student you are, visit our Fees hub.

If we haven’t answered your question, our student enquiries team is ready to help.

Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

Our graduates are open to many career opportunities, in creative agencies, advertising and design studios, print houses and corporate companies. Digital Technologies graduates will have highly-technological skills relevant to UX design, web design, digital design and immersive design which are highly sought after by employers. 

For more information go to DeakinTALENT

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Utilize agile, practical and theoretical proficiencies in the unified application of digital design technologies for information, immersion and augmentation. Graduates will be able to meet client requirements in a rapidly changing industry setting.

Communication

Interpret and transmit ideas and interactions employing specific language, concepts and technologies to response to intelligent digital application scenarios.

Digital literacy

Utilize theoretical knowledge and practical skills to evaluate digital applications with regard to software development.

Critical thinking

Develop skills in critical thinking and the analytical evaluation of digital applications. Creatively engage with a range of strategies to demonstrate professional prototyping and industry outcomes.

Problem solving

Utilize design thinking methods to empathise, analyse, ideate, prototype and test complex interactive, augmented and human centred design products.

Self-management

Initiate autonomous and self-directed management techniques; demonstrating professional responsibility and accountability to a wide range of digital applications.

Teamwork

Lead, deliver and perform within a collaborative team to produce broad professional outcomes within a multidisciplinary and agile creative environment.

Global citizenship

Critically engage designs capacity to act as an agent of change in multiple contexts. To identify and develop proposals for personal and corporate social, cultural and ethical responsibilities in a global and domestic context

Approved by Faculty Board March 2017

 

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