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Bachelor of Design (BDES)

Charles Darwin University

About the Course

About the Course

This course develops theoretical and practical skills in the design of the built environment as well as skills in computer-aided design and the preparation of design and working drawings. Focus is placed upon the special requirements for architecture, interior design and building construction in hot-humid tropical environments. The skills gained in this course will equip graduates to fulfil roles in the architecture and interior design industry. Other opportunities include further study leading to a degree in architecture and registration as an architect.

Admission Requirements

The South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) receives and processes applications for admission for Charles Darwin University Higher Education prospective students. If you are interested in applying for a higher education coursework undergraduate or postgraduate course, check the following information about applying to Charles Darwin University.

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

Career Opportunities

The skills gained in this course will equip graduates to fulfil roles in the building industry as building designers or building technicians. Students have the opportunity to complete an additional year at another university to become an Interior Designer or to complete the Masters of Architecture at another university to be eligible for registration as an Architect.

Contact Details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course Structure

The information provided for this course was valid for the final year of enrolment. Students continuing in this course may find there have been some changes to the unit availability. Students should, in the first instance, refer to the recommended study plan in the newest version of this course to make their unit selection for the current year.

Every re-enrolling student will be able to complete their current course of study. As a continuing student you should always consider transferring to the newest course version to enable you to take advantage of new and exciting changes to university programs.  Students electing not to transfer should refer to the transitional arrangements where provided.

If you have any queries, or concerns about your course progression you would like clarified, please contact, or the Academic Liaison Unit (ALU) on (08) 8946 7357,

Students complete two common units, 12 units of study in the Creative Arts and Industries course; 13 units of study in Education and 2 general elective units.

A typical course pattern will be two years of Creative Arts and Industries units followed by two years of Education and Electives.

The Creative Arts and Industries course allows student to complete four core units and eight specialist electives taken from any area of the Creative Arts and Industries specialisations. The education course has core education units, professional experience/practicum units and knowledge/discipline units. Students can specialise in Early Childhood, Primary, and Middle School and Secondary teaching.

The education course is practical in nature with students having professional experience in schools / learning sites from the third year of their course. Professional experience blocks require full-time commitment in each year of the course with the final practicum undertaken over a full school term. Students are encouraged to undertake some field/professional experience in remote schools.

Students must have cleared a Police Check and/or Working with Children check before they can undertake practice teaching. Students whose Police Checks and/or Working with Children check are not cleared by the education sectors will not be able to undertake practice teaching and will not therefore be able to complete the requirements of the course. The Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Honours) is available for entry to suitable candidates with a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries.

The Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Honours) is available for entry to suitable candidates with a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries.


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