Bachelor of Spatial Design

Design experiences that evoke emotion, communicate ideas, address social issues and facilitate cultural expression through the innovative use of space, lighting, technology and form.

The work of spatial designers is ever present – from corporate and domestic interiors, retail outlets, restaurants, entertainment venues and exhibitions, to virtual worlds and vast public spaces activated by interactive technology.

A selection of works from our graduating students, as presented in MADA Now 2020. Explore more...

Career possibilities

As a spatial designer, you might adapt existing or heritage buildings for new uses, transform residential and commercial interior spaces, design unique objects, develop stage sets and museum exhibitions, or create urban experiences that help communities grow. Over the next five years, the Australian government expects very strong growth in the field, with thousands of job openings to become available. Spatial Design is a career with a future, and with a Bachelor of Spatial Design from Monash, you’ll graduate with the competitive advantage of practical experience and established connections with potential employers, and have a command of the strong conceptual thought and valuable practical skills sought by industry.

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How the course works

The basis of this course is about combining interior/exterior spatial and structural knowledge with a new approach to designing for people and places that engages immersive technologies, user experience and influences human behaviour. You’ll meet and work with a variety of guest lecturers, from up-and-coming designers to established industry practitioners, and gain an understanding of industry practice, enabling you to able to shape a unique approach to your own career.

Whether you’ve had experience with design or you’re just starting out, in Year 1 you’ll be brought up to speed, learning about materials and production, exploring different modes of practice, and getting hands-on with a variety of industry-standard 2D and 3D software.

Design Studios: 50%, History and Theory: 25%, Common Unit: 12%, Electives or Double Degree: 12%

Also in Year 1, electives let you choose subjects from across Art, Design and Architecture or the rest of Monash to become the creative professional you want to be. If you choose to study a double degree, this will be subjects from your other degree instead.

Design Studios: 25%, History and Theory: 12%, Electives or Double Degree: 62%

In Year 2, there’s all sorts of time for electives or your double degree. With electives, you might choose to undertake an industry placement and work with a design practice relevant to your discipline, or you could choose to go overseas via an exchange with another university, or at the Monash Prato Centre studying design in Europe – it’s up to you.

Design Studios: 50%, History and Theory: 25%, Electives or Double Degree: 25%

Design studios form the core of Year 3. You’ll work on projects ranging from real client briefs involving cultural, commercial and community organisations, to more speculative briefs that explore the opportunities and challenges of a continually transforming contemporary society. At the end of the year, you’ll put together a public exhibition of your work so that your friends and family – and industry professionals – can see what you’ve created.

Professional recognition

Monash University’s Bachelor of Spatial Design is recognised by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), the peak industry body representing Australian design and designers domestically and internationally.

Study options,
Entry requirements,
and How to apply

It’s your choice: you can study the Bachelor of Spatial Design as a single degree (apply via the Bachelor of Design), or, with one extra year of study, graduate with two degrees by including it as part of a double degree.

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Single degree

Double degrees

Top 5 reasons to study Design at Monash

1

Think like a designer

Solve complex problems with curiosity, agility, experimentation and creativity.

2

Double your career opportunities

With one extra year of study, a double degree can open up further career opportunities.

3

Be ready to tackle complexity

Through interdisciplinary studios, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge future employers will demand.

4

Learn from the best

You’ll be guided by expert practitioners and industry professionals with up‐to‐date knowledge of current and future trends.

5

Electives give you choice

Tailor your degree to suit your career ambitions. Choose from over 100 electives in Art, Design and Architecture and more from across the University.

Meet our graduates

Monash grads seek to make a positive difference in the world by taking on global problems and solving them with innovative design solutions. We’d like to introduce you to some of them. More graduates...

Image: Design students take to the street to present Wearable Activism works, created in conjunction with Melboure’s Immigration Museum.