Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Visual Arts

Step 1: Apply

Australian and New Zealand applicants apply via Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)

International applicants apply directly to ANU or through UAC International

Current ANU students apply to degree transfer

2019 application dates: see the relevant website above

Step 2: Interview and portfolio registration

ALL applicants must register for an interview and upload a portfolio

Opening date for interview and portfolio registration (2019 admission):
Tuesday 4 September, 2018

Final date for interview and portfolio registration (Semester 1, 2019 admission):
Sunday 11 November, 2018

ANU School of Art & Design interviews will be held on Saturday 24 November, Monday 26 November and Tuesday 27 November, 2018. Following interview and portfolio registration, we will invite you to attend on one of these days.

Applications are welcome from school leavers and mature age students Australia wide and internationally. The ANU School of Art & Design is part of the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) network, so all Australian and New Zealand undergraduate candidates must apply through UAC.

If you have selected the Bachelor of Design (BDESN) or the Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVART) program as one of your preferences, or a Flexible Double Degree where you intend to choose BDESN or BVART as one of your programs, you will need to register directly with the ANU School of Art & Design for an interview and upload your portfolio (see Step 2 above).

Entry requirements

Admission to all ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Entry to the BDESN and BVART programs is based on ACT or NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) and interview and portfolio.

School leavers are required to have their ACT Higher School Certificate or its equivalent. However in special circumstances, students who do not hold this qualification may be accepted into an undergraduate course. Mature age students over the age of 21 are not required to have this qualification.

For further information on How to apply to ANU please visit the ANU website.

Interview and selection

Following application through UAC, selection is based on an interview/portfolio process during which you:

  • bring along a portfolio of work (see below for requirements)
  • meet and discuss your work with one or more interview panels
  • have the opportunity to participate in drawing classes

At the interview, the panel is considering:

  • your interest in and engagement with art, design, society and culture
  • the calibre of your portfolio: skills and ideas
  • evidence of ambitious, independent creative practice and thinking
  • your ability to articulate ideas in relation to your own work and interests

Portfolio requirements

The portfolio is your opportunity to demonstrate your passion and potential. Where it is not practical to include actual work in the portfolio, photographs or digital images of the work are acceptable.

Applicants are not required to have studied or have experience in the area(s) of their choice. Rather, applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for creativity which will highlight their ability.

Works included in your portfolio and presented at interview do not necessarily need to be finished works - the aim is to tell your story and demonstrate your interests and approaches to art and design.

Please note the following specific requirements:

Bachelor of Design

We welcome diverse works in any medium - physical or digital. Examples include drawing, models/prototypes, websites, magazines, books, animation, video, photography, games, interactive apps, etc. Consider including other documents that demonstrate your interest and ability to think analytically about design (ie. blogs, essays, presentation, posters).

Bachelor of Visual Arts

We welcome diverse works in any medium - physical or digital. Your portfolio could include any of the following: drawings, designs and sketches, physical models, maquettes, 2D work, 3D work, computer graphics, videos, animations, websites, sound works, photographs, documentation of audio-visual or performance work, visual diary, journal and/or blog/social media site.

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First Semester 2019 commencement – Undergraduate International

Due to high demand for our programs, applications direct to ANU for commencement in First Semester 2019 (February intake) are now closed.

Updated:  15 November 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications