About Us

Our unique degree

The Academy's unique Bachelor of Design Arts is a nationally recognised, government-accredited course allowing students to take major/sub-major combinations in the following programs:

The Bachelor of Design Arts (BDA) was developed for exclusive delivery by the Academy of Design. It is one of only two undergraduate degrees in Design Arts available in Australia, and the only such degree offered in Victoria.

The BDA boasts a range of features, including: 

  • an integrated program that provides a balance of major, sub-major, core, contextual and professional studies
  • choice of 5 sub-majors, providing a wider range of career options
  • work experience in the design industry from second year of study
  • opportunity for students to undertake part of their studies abroad, either via short-term study tour or semester-long exchange with prestigious international institutions
  • nationally accredited and regularly audited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency
  • recognised by industry peak bodies such as the DIA, AGDA and AIMIA for membership tuition assured by the Commonwealth Government, ACPET and COPHE, ensuring all student fees are protected
  • supported by the Commonwealth Government's FEE-HELP system
  • recognised by Centrelink for study assistance such as Austudy, ABSTUDY and Youth Allowance
  • listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students.

Contextual Studies

Since ancient times, philosophers have recognised that theory informs practice. The Contextual Studies program applies this ethos to design-arts education by presenting students with opportunities to think about the cultural and historical underpinnings of their contemporary disciplines.

Students are brought together from different disciplines to investigate design for industry, visual culture studies, cinema studies, design philosophy, media semiotics, and cross-disciplinary practices.

By empowering students with the tools for analysing design around the globe, Contextual Studies subjects help students develop their skills as thoughtful and astute visual communicators who recognize the rich interplays of intellectual discussion and hands-on creativity in a technologically-driven society.