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Degree structure

Degree details

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. 

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

Higher education via OUA

  • Successful completion of four OUA degree level subjects at pass level (this satisfies the English language proficiency requirement) OR
  • Successful completion of two OUA degree level subjects with separate evidence of English proficiency is required.

Higher education

  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard subjects) 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-comparison.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 degree entry
  • Enabling degrees completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this degree.

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 subjects via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of two degree level subjects 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.

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.

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

To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/

It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual (PDF).

If you have any questions, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au

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 degree pages for more details.

Recommended Study Pattern

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

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communications (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)

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

For a part time study, enrol in one subject per study period following the Course Structure (PDF, 39Kb).

Award Requirements

To obtain the award for the BA (Digital Design), students must complete a total of 24 subjects (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 subjects (25 credit each = 50 credits)

Levels Two and Three (400 credits)

  • Complete four level two major subjects (100 credits) AND
  • Four level three major subjects (100 credits) AND
  • Eight elective subjects (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 subjects.

2018 Changes

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

Choose your subjects


The elective subjects can be any undergraduate OUA subject.

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.

The revised degree 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 subject requirements pre 2018, will have their subjects automatically credited to their degree 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.