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Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education via OUA

  • 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.

Higher Education

  • 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).

Secondary Education

  • 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

VET Studies

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or 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.

Work and Life

  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)
  • Finished secondary education more than two years ago
  • Bridging and enabling course entry
  • 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.

Additional information

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language 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 or 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.

This degree offers a choice of studying two single majors together and introduces students to the complementary fields of digital design and professional writing & publishing. This degree enables students to understand web-based design, 2-D and 3-D animation design, digital photography, digital illustration and rendering, interactive and experience design, simulations and modelling, and electronic game design along with preparing students for writing careers in the private, public and creative sectors through the study and practice of a range of different writing forms, including feature articles, speeches, reports, discussion papers, travel writing, history, humour, writing for the internet, promotional writing, creative non-fiction and media releases.

Digital Design

At the completion of this degree 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. 

Professional Writing and Publishing

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

  1. identify, explain and apply the key disciplinary concepts and principles in professional writing and publishing
  2. integrate theory and creative practice in the production and analysis of professional writing texts; conceive, develop and evaluate innovative modes of professional communication
  3. access and evaluate the sources, authority and relevance of information, and synthesise key facts, themes and ideas in professional writing and publishing
  4. effectively communicate ideas to a range of audiences, across a variety of media, genres, and purposes
  5. use and evaluate a range of appropriate technologies to access resources, communicate effectively, and develop writing and research skills
  6. use and reflect on disciplinary skills and knowledge to develop autonomous learning, and apply these insights to writing in a range of different professional contexts
  7. acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national and global perspectives and the impact of this on professional writing and publishing
  8. recognise and value the diversity of cultural knowledge and practices, taking care to represent these, where appropriate, in an ethical and professional manner
  9. work independently and/or collaboratively to produce innovative, creative and ethical professional writing that is appropriate to a variety of professional and cultural contexts.

Graduates will be equipped with relevant industry skills specific to careers as: website designers; 2D & 3D animation designers; as designers in the field of interactive design for digital simulators; designers in 3D modelling and rendering; character and avatar designers, mobile and computer game designers. Opportunities exist in research, writing, editing and publishing in government and industry as well as the not-for-profit sector, arts organisations and the magazine and book industries.

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 degree 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.

Recommended Study Pattern

To complete the degree as a full time student, a maximum of two subjects per Study Period is recommended.

Level 1 BA (Digital Design and Professional Writing and Publishing) - complete the following:

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communication (core subject)
  • COM155 Culture to Cultures (core subject)
  • VAR100 Art and Design Fundamentals (core subject)
  • VIS18 Introduction to History of Art and Design (core subject)
  • DIG11 Universal Design Principles (Digital Design major subject)
  • DIG12 Digital Design Process (Digital Design major subject)
  • PWP110 Introduction to Writing (Professional Writing and Publishing major subject)
  • PWP121 Writing, Rhetoric and Persuasion (Professional Writing and Publishing major subject)

Level 2 and level 3

Single Major BA (Digital Design)
Complete four level two and four level three Digital Design major subjects

AND

Single Major BA (Professional Writing and Publishing)
Complete four level two and four level three Professional Writing and Publishing major subjects.

The Bachelor of Arts degree incorporates a progressive structure of subjects designed to build knowledge and enable you to successfully progress through the degree.

Award Requirements

To obtain the award for the BA (Digital Design and Professional Writing and Publishing) students must complete a total of 24 subjects as follows:

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communication (core subject)
  • COM155 Culture to Cultures (core subject)
  • VAR100 Art and Design Fundamentals (core subject)
  • VIS18 Introduction to History of Art and Design (core subject)
  • Ten Digital Design Major subjects selected from Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • Ten Professional Writing and Publishing Major subjects selected from Levels 1, 2 and 3

The following criteria also apply:

  • The combined Digital Design and Professional Writing and Publishing structure does not allow for electives.
  • You must complete the degree within 10 years.
  • You must complete at least eight Curtin University subjects where Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is applicable.

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.