Bachelor of Arts (Digital Design) - 2018

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary - 2018

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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The Digital Design major allows you to experience the exciting, creative fields within digital design and interactive media.

This major provides you with a comprehensive theory and practice-based education in digital design, focusing on key principles and techniques in website design, user interaction / experience design (UI/UX) and app design. You will use digital technologies to develop forward-thinking and innovative design solutions to real-world problems.

The major has a strong industry and design research focus, and you will work on real-world projects, facilitated by experienced staff and industry specialists. There is emphasis on concept generation, creative problem-solving, aesthetics and advanced technical skills in digital technologies using the latest digital production software.

Students may choose to study the following combinations of two single majors to obtain the double major award:

  • Digital Design and Fine Art
  • Digital Design and Internet Communications
  • Digital Design and Professional Writing & Publishing
  • Digital Design and Visual Culture

Please refer to the respective course pages for more details.

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply discipline knowledge of creative practice in design application, studio practice and critical discourse, contribute to evidence based practice through visual and technical research
  2. think critically and reflectively by incorporating creativity within design research, design practice and contemporary professional/industry practice
  3. critically evaluate design specific technologies and relevant design literature, synthesise information from a range of sources
  4. demonstrate effective audio/visual, spoken, written, graphic and technical communication appropriate to digital design within the confines of professional design practice, wroughting and production
  5. use and discern tools and technologies appropriate and relevant to the design, development, testing and production of digital content and its delivery
  6. demonstrate personal awareness of a design specific practice, apply effective self-directed learning skills; sustain an engagement with contemporary practices and the creative industries
  7. recognise the significance of international movements and influences in contemporary design and studio practice, understand and utilise international standards in cultural, regulatory and profession practice
  8. recognise the importance of cultural diversity and visual language, respect individuals from all cultures, develop cross-cultural collaborations that foster innovation and diversity in design activities, studio practice and production
  9. work independently and collaboratively, demonstrating design relevant professional practice and leadership skills, use responsible design, sustainable practices and ethical responsibilities within personal judgements. 

Graduates will be equipped with relevant industry skills specific to careers in Web Design, App Design, Interaction Design, User Interface and User Experience Design.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study;
  • Able to meet the university admission criteria requirements.

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Admission criteria
  • English Language Proficiency (Please refer to Special Requirements section)

Admission criteria

A. Applicants with higher education study

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Successful study through OUA – either:
    • Successful completion of four OUA degree level units at pass level (this satisfies the English language proficiency requirement) OR
    • Successful completion of two OUA degree level units with separate evidence of English proficiency is required.
  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English proficiency is not required)

Completed bridging or enabling course

Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English proficiency

C. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Australian Year 12 students

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc

D. Applicants with work and life experience

Additional information

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language proficiency requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent)
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

To complete level one units full time - we recommend you enrol in:

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communications (core unit)
  • COM155 Culture to Cultures (core unit)
  • VAR100 Art and Design Fundamentals (core unit)
  • VIS18 Introduction to History of Art and Design (core unit)

Level two and three: study eight major units in sequential order along side eight electives.

To obtain the award for the BA (Digital Design), students must complete a total of 24 units (600 credits) as follows:

Level One (200 credits)

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communications (25 credits)
  • COM155 Culture to Cultures (25 credits)
  • VAR100 Art and Design Fundamentals (25 credits)
  • VIS18 Historical Issues in Art and Design (25 credits)
  • DIG11 Universal Design Principles (25 credits)
  • DIG12 Digital Design Process (25 credits)
  • Two elective units (25 credit each = 50 credits)

Levels Two and Three (400 credits)

  • Complete four level two major units (100 credits) AND
  • Four level three major units (100 credits) AND
  • Eight elective units (200 credits)

Note: The OUA electives must be completed at an undergraduate level. It is recommended that only 4 of these electives are chosen from 1st year level units.

2018 Changes

For students who started the course prior to Study Period 1 2018, you may complete your course according to your original study plan and select DIG271 and DIG371 as your core units. Alternatively, if you wish to transition to the new course structure, please contact the Digital Design OUA Course Coordinator Joel Louie (joel.louie@curtin.edu.au) to discuss a revised study plan or to get further information about the course.

Electives

The elective units can be any undergraduate OUA unit.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC100 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture to Cultures
COM155 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to History of Art and Design
VIS18 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Art and Design Fundamentals
VAR100 CUR SP1 - SP3 SP4
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Universal Design Principles
DIG11 CUR - SP2 - SP4
Digital Design Process
DIG12 CUR SP1 - SP3 -

There are 2 Electives in the Level 1 course structure which students can select from any OUA undergraduate units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
User Interface and Experience Design
DIG21 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Internet Design Introduction
DIG22 CUR - SP2 - SP4
Multiplatform Design
DIG23 CUR - - SP3 SP4
Programming for Digital Design
DIG24 CUR - SP2 - SP4

There are 4 Electives in the Level 2 course structure which students can select from additional Fine Art and Visual Culture units or from any Level 2 OUA undergraduate units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Online Games, Play and Gamification
WEB310 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Web Authoring Design
DIG31 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Digital Portfolio Development
DIG32 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Internet Project Development
DIG33 CUR - SP2 - SP4

There are 4 electives in the Level 3 course structure which students can select from additional Fine Art and Visual Culture units or from any Level 3 OUA undergraduate units.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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We recommend that all students, as soon as they are eligible, should apply for and take a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). However, if you choose not to be a CSP student, please contact OpenCurtin via email to OpenCurtin@curtin.edu.au.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

Find out more about
HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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FEE-HELP
You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

The Bachelor of Arts (Digital Design) course has undergone a Major Change in 2018.

The revised course structure is designed to provide students with a comprehensive theory and practice-based education in Digital Design with a focus on key principles and techniques in the areas of website design, user interaction/experience design (UI/UX) and app-design. 

This is for new students commencing in Study Period 1, 2018 and current students may follow the old structure. For further information regarding this change, please contact the Digital Design OUA Course Coordinator Joel Louie (joel.louie@curtin.edu.au).

 

Students who have completed all level one unit requirements pre 2018, will have their units automatically credited to their course regardless of their current degree registration. No students will be disadvantaged. All students will be contacted by Curtin University regarding changes and for an updated study plan.

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