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

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full time

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

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. 

Explore core themes including technological entrepreneurship and innovation, design thinking and collaborative practice. 

Then customise your degree by choosing electives that spark your interest, such as creative coding, robotics and 3D motion. This unique combination of technical and artistic skills allows you to forge a creative and rewarding career beyond the traditional IT and creative arts streams. 

Do you eat, sleep and breathe design – and love to work in a team environment? 

Get hands-on experience working on projects with real briefs to develop a strong portfolio of work throughout your studies.

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.
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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:

  • 17 credit points of core units
  • 2 credit points of course elective units
  • 5 credit points of open elective units
  • No more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • Minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

16

Core units

2

Course Electives

6

Electives

24

Total units

Level 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit point)
  • Design Thinking
  • Design Skills and Technologies 1
  • Design Skills and Technologies 2
  • Introduction to Responsive Web Apps
  • Exploring I.T.
  • Level 2

  • Professional Practice in Design
  • Design Laboratory (formerly ADD104)
  • Digital Technologies Design Studio
  • Designing User Experience (formerly ADD201)
  • Authoring of Interactive Media
  • Course electives

    Plus 2 credit points selected from:

  • Designing 3D Motion
  • Designing 3D Environments
  • Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
  • Creative Coding
  • Robotics Studio
  • Data Capture Technologies
  • Application and Design of Virtual and Augmented Reality Systems
  • Plus 5 credit points of open elective units

    Level 3

  • Collaborative Design Project (2 credit points)
  • Individual Design Portfolio
  • Design to Change the World
  • Creative Design Studio (2 credit points)(formerly ADV203)
  • Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies)
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400510503 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    A344
    CRICOS code?
    095256A
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status

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

    Australian Qualifications 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)

    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.

    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

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

    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.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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 eight 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 international student fees.

    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

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Portfolio Application

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

    Learn more about portfolio requirements

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    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

    Professional recognition

    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.

    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