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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art and Design

Managing facultyArt and Design
Abbreviated titleBDes(Hons)
CRICOS code040808F
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Arthur de Bono


  • Full-time studies only


This program covers the discipline and practice of design or design research. It provides students with the opportunity to intensively study an area of specialisation of their own choice.


Students who complete the honours degree of the Bachelor of Design will, in addition to having met the objectives of the pass degree, have acquired the capability to continue to contemporary discourse on design, and an understanding of research concepts, strategies and methods and the skills to apply them in the fields of design.


(a.) Design studio projects (30 points)

(b.) One of the following strands:

(i.) Preparation for higher degree (12 points):

  • research methods in art and design
  • research seminar in art and design

(ii.) Professional practice (12 points):

  • design research methods and seminar
  • professional practice and business planning for design.

(c.) Elective (6 points)

(d.) Occupational health and safety (0 points), if not previously passed or exempted.


First semester

  • DGN4001 Major project (design) part 1 (12 points)
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points) - if required
  • TAD4503 Advanced art theory (6 points) or TAD4523 Design research methods and seminar (6 points)
  • elective (6 points)

Second semester

  • DGN4002 Major project (design) part 2 (18 points)
  • TAD4504 Research seminar in art and design (6 points) or PPR4102 Professional practice and business planning for design (6 points)


The Honours Degree of Bachelor of Design