Design - F2010

At Monash, we create the designers the world needs – inventive, purposeful and visionary.

Being a design professional is a creative and varied career with endless opportunities to work with different clients and projects and at Monash you will receive a design education that will enable you to make a sustainable difference and have impact.

You apply for the Bachelor of Design, and then choose your specialisation - Communication, Industrial or Spatial after first semester, or you can change to Collaborative Design after second year.

Our four specialisations build a high level of design expertise and you will graduate with a degree in your specialisation. All our design degrees are recognised by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

With no folio entrance requirement, this degree is open to anyone who is curious and passionate to make a difference and you will learn the technical capabilities and strategic skills to be a successful designer.

Through our interdisciplinary studio-based course you will gain the knowledge, skills and capability to create imaginative and effective solutions and design new possibilities.

You will be able to work across multiple scales from a local company to tackling some of our greatest challenges. Our graduates are solving health problems, transportation issues, saving marine reefs and making the world more inclusive and liveable for everyone.

The Bachelor of Design is an integrated degree where all students have a common first semester, which includes a foundation studio and drawing unit. There is also a Theory of Design sequence of study and a professional practice unit in final semester to prepare you for your career.

The degree also includes electives in most semesters where you can choose from an extensive range of design subjects that develop and enhance the skills and capabilities of designers. These include typography, animation, image making, computer aided design, advertising, 3D modelling, creative coding, mobility design, sensory design, digital font illustration, film and photography are just small selection of what you can choose. You can also venture into other areas of artistic practice like sculpture, painting, photography, or glass blowing, or you can go further afield with electives like a language or accounting, that are offered by other Monash faculties.

After the common first semester you select from the following specialisations:

Communication Design
Become a bold, imaginative communication designer who shapes the visual language of contemporary society through creative visual storytelling.

Industrial Design
Create beautiful, functional objects by combining your knowledge of materials, manufacturing and human-centred design with innovation and aesthetics.

Spatial Design
Design new experiences that set moods, communicate ideas and address social problems through the innovative use of space, lighting and objects.

or you can change after second year and select

Collaborative Design
Bringing together elements from Communication Design, Industrial Design and Spatial Design this specialisation enables you to forge new career possibilities in emerging fields of design

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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • 3 years (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July) and October Intake
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements (International students)

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

At the time of enrolment in a course at Monash University, you must be at least 17 years of age.

View all minimum age requirements.

All Monash undergraduate courses require you to have successfully completed a minimum of an Australian Year 12 qualification (or equivalent) and achieve the required academic entry score. Most Monash faculties generally use your most recent studies for admission however other guidelines may apply where your prior qualification may be considered.

Entry requirements for each qualification level are as follows:

All Monash undergraduate courses require you to satisfy English entry requirements in one of the following ways:

If you do not meet the above English proficiency test scores, consider Monash English Bridging. Some Monash courses however do not accept Monash English Bridging.

The English measures outlined above must be completed within 2 years prior to the Monash course commencement date (other time limitations may apply as outlined in the Monash University Procedure). If you have completed several measures of English proficiency over a period of time, the highest valid measure will be accepted.

Monash University reserve the right to ask students to complete an English proficiency test to meet English course requirements upon request.

Further information can be located at English language requirements.

All Monash University undergraduate courses require you to have previously studied and achieved required Australian level standards in certain specific subject known as prerequisite subjects.

You must satisfy the following prerequisite subject requirements for this course:

Meeting prerequisite subject requirements from other international qualifications:

You can still meet the above prerequisite subject requirements if you have completed other international qualifications. These subjects will be assessed on a case by case basis when you apply.

Alternative pathways

If you don't satisfy the requirements for direct entry consider these pathway options.

All Bachelor of Design students study the same first semester where you will develop the design foundation and drawing skills to prepare you for success in the degree, no matter what specialisation you choose, and whether you have studied design previously or not. It also enables you to spend time gaining more information about the different specialisations and professions to support you to make an informed decision in second semester.

The degree has four components:

  • Design studios which account for nearly half of your degree and are specific to each of the specialisations
  • Design theory sequence which connects you to the important ideas of the professions
  • Professional practice subject to prepare you for your career
  • Electives which enable you to develop your design capabilities and skills or select from the vast array offered across the University.

There are also opportunities for overseas study, including Monash Prato and with our overseas partner institutions.

Partner with another course

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one or two

Current VCE or IB students studying in Victoria should apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

Apply through VTAC

All other applicants should apply directly to Monash.

Apply directly to Monash

Current Monash students

Current Monash students should apply for an internal transfer directly to the Faculty.

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 085345E