Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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

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

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Arthur de Bono


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Full-time study only


This course 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

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


All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

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 or TAD4523 Design research methods and seminar
  • elective

Second semester

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


The Honours Degree of Bachelor of Design