Computational design uses digital technologies to enhance and optimise design processes. Through algorithms and cutting-edge technologies computational designers develop creative, technical and aesthetic solutions to solve challenges of the 21st century.
When you study Computational Design at UNSW, you’ll learn to approach challenges differently through design-thinking. You’ll gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies, including 3D modelling, digital geometry and parametric design, responsive environments, AR and VR, and robotic and digital fabrication using 3D printers and laser cutters.
Through design thinking and computational design theory, you’ll hone critical-thinking and communication skills to create inclusive designs for diverse contexts. As part of our supportive Arts, Design & Architecture community, you’ll be encouraged to collaborate across disciplines, gain professional experience, and take advantage of programs that support entrepreneurship and innovation. You’ll have the opportunity to work on real-life projects set by UNSW’s partners in the built-environment, architecture and design industries such as Cox, Arup, Hassell, BVN, Bates Smart, PTW Architects, Grimshaw, Mott McDonald, Architectus and Aurecon.
Working at the intersection of design and technology, computational designers are in-demand. Your skills and ways of thinking will set you up for exciting career paths that move with the digital future. Careers in computational design include:
We offer the below undergraduate courses with a specialisation in computational design:
In addition to the above courses, we offer the below undergraduate single degrees with a minor in computational design:
Honours is an extra year of study that offers you a chance to develop your research and professional skills guided by staff who are passionate about research and the development of new researchers.
You can develop further expertise in design through the following postgraduate programs
Design is a key component in a range of postgraduate programs, including the Master of Architecture, the Master of City Planning, and the Master of Landscape Architecture. For the full list of opportunities, search ‘design’ in our Degree Finder.
Postgraduate research through a PhD or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) will deepen your expertise and help you develop a broad intellectual sophistication, research, and professional skills that are prized by employers. You’ll have access to first-rate facilities and world-class supervisors at the forefront of their fields in fine arts. Find out more.