A major is a sequence of subjects that you complete throughout your degree. In the Bachelor of Design, each major consists of a sequence of subjects that progressively build a depth of disciplinary knowledge.
Sample course plans are designed as a supplementary course planning tool. The sample course plans provided are examples only and do not reflect all of the course planning options available to students.
Always use the University Handbook as your primary course planning tool.
Architects combine creative vision, innovation, technological understanding and architectural theory to shape how we live, work and play in our built environment.
Civil Systems Major
The Civil Systems major provides the foundation for learning the planning, design and construction of the built environment for the provision of essential services and infrastructure.
The Computing major is designed for technically focused students who want to develop strong professional capabilities in programming and development of digital artifacts. You will develop strong technical skills in the areas of media computation, data manipulation and visualisation, interaction design, and usability.
The Construction major focuses on the management of people, processes and materials in the construction industry, and how they apply to specific building projects. You will learn through site visits and special presentations by industry professionals to deepen your understanding of real world practice.
Digital Technologies Major
The major in Digital Technologies will provide you with practical skills and knowledge that can be applied in a variety of fields associated with design, with a special focus on digital media artefacts such as web-based media, mobile media, and interactive media.
Graphic Design Major
This major will provide you with practical and conceptual skills to be able to undertake professional graphic design work.
Landscape Architecture Major
Landscape Architecture utilises design and ecology to plan our external environments. It plays an important role in our experience of living, from neighbourhoods, to city squares, urban forests, parks, streets, gardens, and green infrastructure.
Mechanical Systems Major
Mechanical Systems involves understanding the design, construction, operation and maintenance of machines. This encompasses the development and design of new products and the machines to make them, as well as the design, planning and management of the systems, people and technical facilities needed to produce goods and services.
Performance Design Major
This major provides you with a grounding in areas of performance design; including sound and lighting, set, costumes, scenery and props.
The Property major focuses on developing an understanding of the ownership, development, management, feasibility, funding and investment, and occupation of land and buildings. You will learn about contemporary planning issues, trends in the property market, and how the application of construction practices and structural design can add value to developments.
Spatial Systems Major
Spatial Systems is the study of the science and technology of 3D measurement, mapping and visualisation.
Urban Planning Major
Urban planners are actively engaged with some of the pressing issues of our time, including the impact of climate change, sustainable resourcing challenges and the pressures of urbanisation. Urban planning focuses on the intersection of the built environment and the public interest.
Double Majors, Minors and Specialisations
A 'double major' involves completion of two majors within 300 points by following set course plans. Double majors in selected disciplines can be completed in the Bachelor of Design.
Minors are a shortened sequence of subjects, taken from the existing majors in the degree. They provide a complementary course of study to a student’s major, and offer an alternative to committing to a double major, or for two areas where a double major is not available.
Specialisations are a short sequence of subjects that focus particular themes relevant across multiple disciplines. Subjects in specialisations don't form part of any existing major but are distinctive and are complementary to majors in the degree.
Important information about workload
These sample course plans presume full-time study of 50 points each semester. Local students may undertake a reduced load or study part-time (25 points or less per semester). This normally increases course duration.
Students requiring help with planning their reduced study load may wish to seek course advice.
Course planning assistance
Stop 1 (757 Swanston Street) offers drop-in sessions, workshops and individual appointments to help you choose your subjects.
For further information about how to get assistance, go to Course Planning.