Bachelor of Design

Enable or install Flash to view the video.

COFA graduates Florence Kelly, Kei Takahashi and Louise Martiensen all work at Mud. Along with CEO Shelley Simpson, they talk about the satisfactions of a creative career.

Bachelor of Design (BDes)

Course Code: 4809

Bachelor of Design (BDes)

The Bachelor of Design educates students to have a voice in the development of a sustainable world. The program provides students with experiences in using established and emerging technologies in a collaborative atmosphere, where integration is perceived as the driver for responsible and innovative design. The program teaches that it is the responsibility of the designer to integrate design elements within appropriate social, cultural, ethical and environmental contexts.

In their courses, students re-imagine the boundaries of everyday life and bring new vision to objects, graphics, environments, ceramics, jewellery and textiles. The program encourages students to adopt innovative approaches by challenging conventional applications of materials, systems, processes and technologies.
The Bachelor of Design (BDes) degree has an integrated approach to design. Rather than producing specialists, graduates are flexible with a broad range of skills allowing them to work across a wide range of design disciplines.

The Bachelor of Design is a four-year full-time degree that incorporates an Honours year.

Creative Degrees = Creative Careers

Design graduates are well equipped to join the workforce. By doing an Honours year they demonstrate creativity, self-motivation and a professional level of research ability. And most importantly, by undertaking an internship, students gain valuable work experience before they even graduate.

Student Choice

Students are able to tailor their own degrees by choosing to focus on two of the following studios: Ceramics, Graphics Media, Jewellery, Object Design, Spatial Design, and Textiles.
Throughout their study, students are able to fine-tune their skills and areas of expertise by undertaking electives in any area they wish! Students also take courses that put their practice in a theoretical and historical context.

Degree Structure

  • Stage 1: In their first year, all COFA Studio Degree students undertake a foundation year made up of Gateway courses. Design, Fine Arts and Media Arts students work alongside each other, encouraging multidisciplinary engagement and allowing students to gain skills and ways of thinking that are applicable to a wide range of studio practices.
    BDes students also undertake two Gateway Design courses.
  • Stage 2 and 3: In their second year of study, BDes students choose two design studios to focus on from the following list: Ceramics, Graphics Media, Jewellery, Object Design, Spatial Design, and Textiles.
  • Stage 4: The fourth year of the BDes is an Honours year. Students undertake a major self-directed project. They also participate in a Professional Experience Program that prepares them to enter the job market though industry based internships.