Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Visual Arts

Step 1: Apply

Application dates: see the relevant website below

Domestic applications – ANU Undergraduate

International applications – ANU Undergraduate

Current ANU students – Transferring between degrees

Step 2: Interview and portfolio registration

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

Opening date for interview and portfolio registration (2020 admission):

  • Monday 4 March, 2019

Final date for interview and portfolio registration (Semester 1, 2020 admission):

  • Domestic applications (direct ANU) – Sunday 2 June, 2019
  • Domestic and International applications (UAC) – Sunday 10 November, 2019

Begin your registration.

Admission requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Visual Arts can be viewed on Programs and Courses using the links below.

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

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.

Interview and selection

You will be able to select your preferred interview date during the interview and portfolio registration process. If you are unable to attend an interview in person on the nominated days, you will be able to select the best date for a telephone or Skype interview.

Once an application has been lodged and your interview and portfolio registration is submitted, you will be invited to attend a half day interview/portfolio process during which you:

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

At your interview the panel is considering, and making selection recommendations against, the rubric criteria listed below:

  • 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

A copy of the ‘Admission Rubric for Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Visual Arts’ can be found below (under ‘File attachments’).

File attachments:

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