Work on industry briefs with real-life clients
Learn in world-class facilities and build your expertise
Recognised by the Design Institute of Australia
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 23 February 2020
Timely VTAC entry closes 30 September 2019 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates
Current Deakin Students
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Creative problem-solvers with a love of design and an aptitude for technical IT skills should explore our Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies). Learn about User Experience (UX), design strategies, digital technologies and interactive media, to deliver impactful digital solutions for creative and social issues in our changing world.
Do you eat, sleep and breathe design – and love to work in a team environment?
Explore technological entrepreneurship and innovation and specialise in an area – such as creative coding, robotics or 3D motion – that interests you the most, through our flexible core units. If you’re looking for a career that’s creative and rewarding, this unique combination of technical and artistic skills will lead you to a fascinating profession outside of the traditional IT or creative arts streams.
Learn the fundamentals of design thinking and strategies, and develop the technical skills required to explore:
- software design
- mobile app design
- web design
- user interface design
- design for augmented and virtual realities.
Graduate job ready after working on projects from real client briefs, helping you to create a strong portfolio throughout your studies.Read More
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 from list A
- 6 x open elective units
- No more than 12 credit points at level 1
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
Plus two 2 course elective units from list A
Plus three open electives
Plus three open electives
Complete two 1-credit point units chosen from the following course electives list A:
2020 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
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)
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- 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.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
Ask a question about studying a at Deakin
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
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.
Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Fees and scholarships
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 Recognition of 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.
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
How to apply
Applications to VTAC are now open for recent secondary education graduates, including current Year 12 students. Learn about the steps involved and how to complete your preference list for study in 2020.
Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
When applying for this course, you must submit a portfolio of work in support of your application.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
View pathways into the Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies) with our pathways finder.
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Frequently asked questions
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Why choose Deakin
Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.
Graduates are open to many career opportunities in creative agencies, advertising and design studios, print houses and corporate companies, taking up roles as:
- design engineers
- digital designers
- digital media designers
- graphic designers
- industrial designers
- User Interface (UI) designers
- virtual reality experience designers
- web designers.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
Deakin’s Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies) is recognised by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), so you’ll be up-to-date with the current industry practices and developments. The DIA also offers student membership and access to some of the biggest design events and experts in the nation.
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.
Interpret and transmit ideas and interactions employing specific language, concepts and technologies to response to intelligent digital application scenarios.
Utilize theoretical knowledge and practical skills to evaluate digital applications with regard to software development.
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.
Utilize design thinking methods to empathise, analyse, ideate, prototype and test complex interactive, augmented and human centred design products.
Initiate autonomous and self-directed management techniques; demonstrating professional responsibility and accountability to a wide range of digital applications.
Lead, deliver and perform within a collaborative team to produce broad professional outcomes within a multidisciplinary and agile creative environment.
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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