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Interested in Design?

Our highly specialised design degrees will give you skills and techniques you can apply directly to work in the creative industries. In our custom-built workshops and design studios you will develop valuable hands-on skills that can be used in a wide range of fields such as:

  • brand identity
  • web design
  • print publications
  • communication design
  • product development
  • manufacturing

While you study you will benefit from our strong industry links, you'll make connections and build networks that can last a lifetime. UniSA has an outstanding record for graduate employment – we are rated the highest in South Australia for graduate employment in the field of creative arts1. We are also one of only two universities in Australia to combine art, architecture, design and planning principles, making us a great choice for students with a specific interest in these creative, innovative fields.

1Good Universities Guide 2017

Key features

  • Gain advanced design and research skills – 97 per cent of our assessed research is at or above world class, according to 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
  • Learn in state-of-the-art workshops and studios, located on-campus.
  • Access a library with the largest collection of art, craft and design resources in South Australia.
  • Benefit from our networks and relationships with industry – locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Learn from teachers and academics who are established, practicing artists and designers.
  • Study at a School that has its degrees ranked in the World Top 100 and is number one in South Australia for design1.

1QS World Subject Rankings 2017

Why UniSA?

Building your career is our business. Our School of Art, Architecture and Design is ranked in the World Top 1001 and is number one in South Australia for design. With 97 per cent of our assessed research at or above world class2, you can be confident that you'll learn advanced design and research skills of the highest standard.

You’ll be taught by industry professionals. Our teachers have a very practical approach to learning and you’ll work on real projects and get real experience. We’ve also invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces.

We’re Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research3 and this excellence shines through our teaching. Our people are inspired by challenges and opportunities. We partner with local icons and international industry professionals to focus on real world projects.

1 QS World Subject Rankings 2017
2 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
3 2015 QS Rankings

UniSA offers 19 Design degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

Our design degrees will equip you with the skills and confidence to take on roles in the creative industries such as:

  • visual communication designer: specialised graphic designer that uses software applications to create visual design elements for publishers, web developers and multimedia companies
  • illustrator: produce still drawings for use in advertisements, magazines, on packaging, greeting cards and in newspapers
  • animation and motion designer: use graphic software to create animated images
  • art director: responsible for the visual aspects of a publication, campaign or other published material; a chief liaison between the client and designers
  • communication designer: specialised graphic designer that uses software applications to create visual design elements for publishers, web developers and multimedia companies
  • typographer: create the typeface that graphically reflects a client’s brief
  • web designer: create and maintain websites, this may include the design, layout and coding
  • furniture designer: develop design concepts, experiment with different materials, liaise with clients and build sample models for either mass produced furniture prototypes or one-off exclusive pieces
  • technical illustrator: design and create visual representations for use in technical publications and manuals
  • animator: use sequential images to produce moving pictures
  • industrial designer: develop concepts and designs for manufactured products, such as cars
  • product designer: use your design skills to make existing products more effective
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university and our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Industry facts

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Employment for graphic and web designers, and illustrators in Australia is projected to increase by 6,800 (14.5 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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The number of graphic and web designers, and illustrators in Australia is expected to reach 53,300 by 20201.

1ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.

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Hear from Liam as he shares his experiences studying at UniSA and his journey as a Bachelor of Design (Product Design) student.

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What others are saying

I participated in a trip to China to take part in a university workshop as well as two internships at a design consultancy and bicycle company. My involvement with industry has been incredible, giving me opportunities I wouldn’t have had any other way.

Liam Buggy

Bachelor of Design (Product Design)

Liam Buggy

Liam Buggy

Bachelor of Design (Product Design)

What I liked the most about this degree was being able to work on projects for real clients, having opportunities for exposure and the opportunity to join various design associations.

Claudia Fernandez Villasante

Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)

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Claudia Fernandez Villasante

Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017

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