Design has a vital role in shaping a fast-moving world: it’s about applied creativity, engagement and collaboration, as well as the art and craft of making. ANU Design responds to the opportunities and challenges of our rapidly changing world, and draws inspiration from the incredible new forms of design that are emerging - forms of practice that defy traditional disciplinary definitions; new hybrids that demonstrate how design practice is evolving and adapting. Our Future Design board presents a growing collection of these inspiring new forms of design practice.


Located at Australia’s #1 ranked university within the internationally-renowned School of Art & Design, ANU Design offers rich possibilities unparalleled in the Australian tertiary sector. The program fosters the same kinds of innovative practice that we see in the examples listed above. At its core, it brings together leading-edge digital practices with world-class art and craft studio disciplines. The program also extends beyond the School of Art & Design, allowing students to draw in studies from across the entire ANU in areas such as IT, science, humanities, history, art theory, law, commerce, and psychology. ANU Design supports a diverse cohort including students who are passionate about art, design, craft, media, IT, technology, science, advertising/marketing, and visual communications.


The program’s flexible structure allows students to tailor studies to their particular interests and ambitions. Students combine design courses with content from any School of Art workshop: focus on design for furniture or jewellery, specialise in visual communication for print and screen, or dive into data visualisation and digital design. Take your studies in a new direction by incorporating courses from across the ANU - the possibilities are endless.


The program structure is designed to allow students to obtain both breadth of knowledge and depth of expertise, or what IDEO refer to as the “T-Shaped” designer. What it means is that our graduates are skilled, inventive and adaptable, ready to engage with the new challenges and opportunities of our changing society.


Engagement and collaboration are core features of contemporary design and vital components of the ANU Design program. In addition to our capstone Design Practice courses, engagement and collaboration are woven into the program in a variety of different ways including: cross-disciplinary projects; client and community consultancy; industry briefs; mentoring; internship.


The Bachelor of Design can also be combined with other ANU degrees as a Flexible Double degree. Examples include Design + Visual Arts, Design + Art History and Curatorship,

Design + Law, Design + Commerce, Design + IT, Design + Science, Design + Digital Humanities - the potential is immense.

Postgraduate programs include Honours, Graduate Certificate, and Master of Design. The Masters program has been created to support the same flexibility evident in the Bachelors degree and allows students to pursue a range and depth of studies specific to their experience and aims.

ANU Design invites applications from candidates seeking to complete Masters by research or PhD with a design-related focus. Our core interests lie in the areas of digital/computational/generative design; representing digital collections; and exploring new and emergent forms of design practice (ie. front-end design, user experience, speculative design, undisciplined design).


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