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Bachelor of Design / Education (Secondary)

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When you study the Bachelor of Design/Education (Secondary) at UNSW, you’ll develop professional design skills and be prepared to teach visual arts to high school students. Strengthen your own creative design discipline while embracing diverse teaching methods.
Commencing Terms
Term 1 & 3
4 Year(s)
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
UAC code 422145
Program code 4067
CRICOS code 110686E
Entry Requirements
ATAR/2023 lowest selection rank
View all admission criteria
2024 Indicative first year full fee
2024 Indicative full fee to complete degree
Two students graphic design


The Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is a four-year double degree that transforms creative thinking into the confidence to guide future generations. You’ll develop professional design skills and be prepared to teach visual arts to high school students. 

Discover the different ways students learn and the best ways to teach according to current research. Use your education knowledge to strengthen your own creative design discipline in graphics and either objects, experiences, interaction, or 3D visualisation.   

Inspire students to never stop learning, with practical tools and interpersonal experience developed during 80 days of teaching work experience. You'll build extensive creative skills and knowledge, learning from experts in practical and theoretical classes. And with solid opportunities for industry connections, you'll develop your future career throughout the entire degree. 

Key features

Work experience  
Practise teaching for up to 80 days under expert supervision in at least two different high schools. The design component of this degree offers industry experiences such as internships, work placements, studio projects and networking opportunities. 

Professional standards  
Learn to teach to professional standards in a program accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Graduate ready to teach visual arts to high school students – with the added option of a second specialisation in teaching graphics and multimedia technology.  

Integrated design skills 
Integrated design combines two specialisations to build a creative skillset unique to your passions. Pursue your interest in graphic design paired with your choice of object design, 3D visualisation, experience design, or interaction design.  

World-class technologies  
Bring your ideas to life in state-of-the-art facilities. Discover the Design Futures Lab, The Making Centre, fully equipped creative workshops, and digital studios across our Kensington and Paddington campuses. You’ll also have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription throughout your studies.  

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • NESA accredited program 
  • 80 days supervised work experience  
  • 2D and 3D integrated design skills  
  • A supportive, diverse and inclusive community  
  • State-of-the-art design production facilities 
Program Code
UAC Code
Total Units of Credit (UOC)

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Entry requirements

2023 Lowest Selection Rank
2023 A levels
2023 IB Diploma
2023 Lowest ATAR
    1. The 2023 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2023.
    2. The 2023 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 2023 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2023. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2023 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

For Bachelor of Education (Secondary) any Band 5 or higher in any 2 units of English

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. 

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:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

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

If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry into your chosen degree, you may be eligible for a pathway program with UNSW College. UNSW College provides alternative entry options using university-approved content so that you can start your UNSW journey with confidence. 

English language requirements

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. 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:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Study areas

  • Designers place people at the heart of their work. Understanding how a person might interact with an innovative app, hold a ceramic mug, or experience an exhibit takes a combination of skills drawn from different methodologies. Designers integrate different creative skillsets and critical thinking to produce insightful solutions.  

    To meet NESA accreditation as a visual arts teacher, you’ll study graphic design along with your choice of either object design, experience design, interaction (UX) design, or 3D visualisation.  

    • Experience designers transform spaces for people. They design memorable and meaningful environments with the intention of creating connection. Be it social connection or the connection of audiences to content, experience designers draw on human centred design principles to develop unique spatial outcomes, understand and integrate digital technologies and craft atmospheres that move people. With application across a wide range of industries, the design of activations, exhibitions and events relies on critical engagement with cultural contexts, neuroscience, materials and modelling, with a sprinkling of spectacle.  

      In this program, you'll experiment with a diverse range of design methods that contribute to a practice that ideates and creates evocative environments that surprise, delight and, ultimately, engage participants.  

    • Graphic design uses the skills of typography, image making, colour and design systems to develop effective and inspiring visual communications. Apply creative thinking to brand identities, innovative packaging, visually striking publications, and graphic design in 3D spaces. You’ll develop strong portfolio projects that demonstrate your voice as an emerging designer.  

      See examples of graduate graphic design works in the A&D Annual.  

    • Explore fascinating emerging technologies – think voice assistants, robots, and mixed reality (for example, animated Instagram or Snapchat filters). Using these emerging technologies, you'll create a project demonstrating your understanding of human capabilities and user needs. But not before learning user experience (UX) fundamentals in web and mobile.  

      Gain industry-standard skills to meet people's needs with designing apps, software, products, websites, environments, and services. You'll develop practical and professional design processes through case studies and projects from concept to testing.   

    • Object design works with different materials to create tangible and meaningful items – including but not limited to jewellery, furniture design, and ceramic homewares.   

      Fundamental hands-on classes explore materials before moving on to digital prototypes with 3D printing and cast designs. You’ll also understand different contexts and discover how object design gives people opportunities for social and meaningful interactions.  

    • Discover the world of 3D technologies including real-time (or gaming) systems and virtual environments. Understand how to create objects and environments before creating a sophisticated and explorable 3D world. Learn through live, hands-on experiences of key technologies and understand how to conceptualise through design thinking. Build the theoretical knowledge for high-level art direction while developing professional skills in 3D modelling, CGI lighting and rendering.

    • You’ll understand educational psychology, different social and Indigenous perspectives, inclusive strategies for special education, managing the classroom environment, and responding to gifted and talented students. You’ll also be able to choose an elective course in critical issues, motivation, culture, digital literacy, or communication skills. 

    • This is where it gets real. Bring your Working with Children Check and mandatory anaphylaxis training. Successfully complete two LANTITE (Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students) tests set by NESA as part of your studies before starting your professional experiences.  

      The first professional experience is a one-day intensive orientation and online activities followed by a four-week supervised work placement. The second placement goes for nine weeks, and you’ll gradually shift towards more autonomy, responsibility, and accountability. Both placements provide you with real-world experience and supportive feedback to guide your future career. 

    • Design innovative and engaging lesson plans, incorporated with effective teaching strategies for diverse learning styles. You’ll find out how to create a safe and supportive classroom environment; and discover innovative resources that assess and improve learning. Through self- and peer evaluation you’ll understand how to present yourself in a professional manner. 

      These skills will be developed within the context of excellence in teaching visual arts to high school students. You’ll also be able to learn within an additional context of teaching graphics and multimedia technologies. 

Program structure

This program is structured to meet NSW Education Standards Authority requirements for secondary teacher accreditation in visual arts teaching and consists of 31 courses. If you study full-time, you’ll typically complete eight courses a year over four years. (Note that double degrees usually have 32 courses – in this program, the second internship is worth two courses in one.)   

To meet NESA accreditation requirements for teaching visual arts, you must choose one 2D (graphics) AND one 3D/4D disciplinary studio (object (3D), 3D visualisation, experience or interaction (4D)), for the design component of this double degree. 

For detailed information on the full program structure, visit the handbook.   

Future careers

Pursue a teaching specialisation in visual arts, with the option of a second teaching specialisation in graphics and multimedia technology. Alongside the theoretical aspects of education, we place great importance on practical experience. In your final two years, you will develop skills in classroom competence and spend up to 80 days in supervised teaching in at least two secondary-school contexts.

    • High school visual arts teacher 
    • High school graphic design teacher 
    • High school multimedia technology teacher 
    • High school principal 
    • Corporate trainer  
    • Graphic designer, visual communicator, or illustrator  
    • Interaction and user experience (UX) designer 
    • Exhibition, experience, and event designer 
    • Jewellery, wearable, and textile designer 
    • Furniture, object, ceramics, or lighting designer 
    • Virtual reality 3D visualiser or digital media producer  
    • Design instructor or design strategist 
    • Film, television or mobile producer 
    • Packaging designer 
    • Colours, materials and finishes (CMF) designer 
    • Consumer electronics, home appliance or medical device designer 
    • Automotive designer  


This degree is accredited by NSW Education Standards Authority as an initial teaching qualification for both government and non-government secondary schools throughout Australia and is widely accepted as a teaching qualification internationally.

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.

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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

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree

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.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree

*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 here.

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.


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