Become a creative leader with design skills and essential business knowledge in marketing and innovation. Stand out among graduates with two complimentary career-ready qualifications.

 

Faculty
UNSW Business School
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
4.7 Year(s)

Overview

Want to learn the business side of creative endeavours while building your design skills? Blend your creativity with essential business knowledge in this comprehensive double degree. Explore tactile, visual, spatial or experiential aspects in your Bachelor of Design, while developing crucial commercial acumen and knowledge across areas like marketing, international business and innovation in your Bachelor of Commerce (BCom).

Key features

Creative tools and facilities
As a Bachelor of Design student, you'll have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription from the day you start your degree for the duration of your studies. You'll also have access to state-of-the-art design facilities and technologies on our unique Art & Design campus in Paddington

Integrated First Year
The first year courses in the BCom are designed to reflect the nature of real-world business, and we call it the Integrated First Year. Traditionally, first year business courses are a series of ‘introduction to’ or ‘fundamentals of’ courses, which are separate introductions to different business disciplines. However we know that in reality, business problems are complex, multi-layered and span several disciplines. Our integrated curriculum reflects this. You'll gain a breadth of experience and nuance of understanding across a range of disciplines, preparing you to tackle real challenges in the workplace. 

MyBCom portfolio
MyBCom portfolio is an award winning interactive platform and assessment tool. You'll use MyBCom throughout your degree to guide your studies, develop a tailored career plan, and collate a portfolio of professional experiences to showcase future employers. 

Build your expertise
Specialise your studies by choosing one or two of our business school majors. You can also opt to double your degree with degrees from other areas such as engineering, law or arts, or another UNSW Business School degree.

Guaranteed work experience
Work experience is built into the BCom, meaning you can undertake internships in Australia or internationally as part of your degree.  Alternatively, you can choose other work integrated learning experiences, such as industry consultancy projects, online practicums, or collaborating on real social entrepreneurship projects. 

Many of these experiences are offered through UNSW Business School's industry partners, including AccentureSuncorpGrant ThorntonFlight Centre Travel GroupTata GroupSynpulse, and more. 

Why study this degree at UNSW?

This double degree from UNSW Business School and UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture gives you a deep understanding of a design specialisation of your choice paired with essential business knowledge. This future-focused program will train you to find creative solutions in design and in business, helping you to become an insightful leader in creative studios and inhouse departments, or as a freelancer and entrepreneur.

The program combines theory and practical experience that stands out in a competitive job market. You’ll make connections among our global alumni network and get real work experience. Career Accelerator provides a portfolio of professional development opportunities that are exclusive to UNSW Business School students and embedded within our degrees.

 

Program Code
3575
CRICOS Code
097998B
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
424100
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
216
Indicative Enrolments
26

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Entry requirements

Entry to this degree is based on your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or an equivalent rank derived from the following: 

  • Australian interstate Year 12 qualifications (e.g., OP rank)

  • New Zealand NCEA Level 3

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications e.g., International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, GCE A-Levels

  • Post-secondary or tertiary qualifications

  • An alternative entry qualification

     

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
93
2021 A levels
17
2021 IB Diploma
36
2021 Lowest ATAR
81.2
    1. The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. The 2021 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2021 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics Advanced

Adjustment Factors


We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways


Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

If you did not meet the entry cut-off for this degree, consider applying only for the Bachelor of Design. UNSW Art, Design and Architecture will consider a Portfolio Entry to complement your ATAR. After a year of good grades you can then apply to transfer into the full double degree. Visit UNSW Future Students to find out what other options may be available.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Admission pathways


UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor Design is a 4.7 year double degree program, consisting of 36 courses (making 216 Unit of Credit (UOC)). You’ll complete 16 courses for Commerce and 20 courses for Design. 

The program includes:

  • Commerce Integrated First Year Courses

  • One Commerce major, and an optional minor

  • Two design studio specialisations

  • Design core courses and studio electives

  • History and theory of design courses

Professional development courses and experiences:

  • Professional practice courses – Learn how to navigate different workplaces and get real-world work experience to explore your career options within the creative industry. 

  • Mandatory Work Integrated Learning – You must complete at least one course credit with a work integrated learning focus such as an internship or business practicum.

  • Final Year Synthesis – Synthesise your learning by applying and integrating the knowledge and skills gained throughout your Bachelor of Commerce (BCom).

  • myBCom – A digital portfolio that includes a personal career plan. You’ll build a work showcase for future employers, starting from your first year of study to graduation.

Study areas

Full program structure

Some courses need to be studied in your first and second year, so you’re prepared for courses that can only be studied in later years. Your study options are full-time or part-time. Each university year has three terms and an optional summer study period. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term.

Below is an example of what you could study in 4.7 years full-time.

First year

  • myBCom Blueprint*
  • MyBCom First Year Portfolio* ^
  • 4 Integrated First-Year Commerce courses
  • 4 Design core courses 

Second Year

  • 4 Integrated First-Year Commerce courses
  • 2 Design core courses
  • 2 Design disciplinary studio courses

Third Year

  • Work-Integrated Learning internship or practicum**
  • 3 Commerce courses in your chosen major
  • 4 Design disciplinary studio courses

Fourth Year

  • MyBCom Graduation Portfolio*
  • Final Year Synthesis*
  • 4 Commerce courses in your chosen major
  • 4 Design history and theory courses

Fifth Year

  • 2 Design professional practice courses
  • 2 Design studio electives

*Bachelor of Commerce credit-free courses dedicated to career planning and employability.
^Pre-requisite: COMM0999 AND completed 30 UOC of Integrated First Year Courses
**Mandatory work experience for course credit.

 

Future careers

The combination of business knowledge and creative production skills can open up many interesting career opportunities in business and design. Find yourself on a career pathway to leading creative studio or inhouse roles or launching your own business. UNSW Business School's Career Accelerator provides work experiences and professional development opportunities to help get you started.

Potential careers

  • Advertising Executive
  • Brand Identity Designer
  • Costume Design
  • Creative Consultant
  • Design Manager
  • Digital Media Producer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Festival Director
  • Film Producer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interactive Designer
  • Marketing/Brand Manager
  • Packaging Designer
  • Product Design
  • Publisher
  • Set Designer
  • Social Innovator
  • Strategist
  • UX Designer

Honours

Take your Commerce studies to the next level with an additional one-year Honours degree, where you'll gain advanced knowledge and research skills in your chosen area of business. You'll have the opportunity to be mentored by top-tier researchers and work on industry relevant projects while undertaking a significant research thesis. Graduate with advanced knowledge, analytical, problem-solving and research skills that are highly sought after in business and government. Learn more about BCom Honours.

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Commerce can give you professional recognition and accreditation in industry governing bodies, including the Australian Human Resources Institute, Australian Securities and Investment Commission, CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, ACCA, Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) and Institute of Public Accountants.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2022 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$11,215*

Commonwealth Supported Place multiple Student Contribution Bands may apply for this double degree. See single degrees for the applicable fee bands.*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$44,565*
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$200,940*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


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    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

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    Innovation

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The learning culture at UNSW, which challenges the status quo, helped set me apart from others.
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