First Year in the Bachelor of Design

Useful information and links for first year students in the Bachelor of Design

Steps to Begin your Studies in the Bachelor of Design

Attend Course Orientation Day

The Bachelor of Design Course Orientation Day will be held on Tuesday 21 February. Learn about the content and structure of the Bachelor of Design. Sessions will also cover your degree options and critical information regarding your enrolment.

Students who attend will also receive exclusive gifts only available on this day!

Please see the Orientation website for session times

Attend the Bachelor of Design Majors Expo Day

This session is particularly critical for all Bachelor of Design students to attend! Thirty minute presentations will be held for each major to assist you in gaining a clear understanding of what each major is like in the “real world”.

What is the major? What will you study? How will you study? What careers and post graduate options are available upon completion of the major? Are there synergies with other majors? All of these questions and more will be answered!

You may pick and choose which sessions you would like to attend, however we encourage students to attend as many as possible to ensure that you select correct major which aligns with your interests and future goals.

Date: Wednesday 22 February

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (session times below)

Location: MSD Basement Theatre (Building 133)

Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch will be provided. For catering purposes, please register for this event .

Session Times*

9:00am – 9:30amPerformance Design
9:30am – 10:00amGraphic Design
10:00am – 10:30amSpatial Systems
10:30am - 11:00amMorning Tea
11:00am – 11:30amMechanical Systems
11:30am – 12:00pmCivil Systems
12:00pm – 12:30pmConstruction
12:30pm - 1:30pmLunch
1:30pm – 2:00pmArchitecture
2:00pm – 2:30pmProperty
2:30pm – 3:00pmUrban Planning
3:00pm  - 3:30pmAfternoon Tea
3:30pm – 4:00pmLandscape Architecture
4:00pm – 4:30pmComputing
4:30pm – 5:00pmDigital Technologies

*Subject session times may change. Please double check this section the day before to ensure that a session time has not changed

Check out the Bachelor of Design Course Plans

Course plans are available for all of our majors. It is critical that you familiarise yourself with your intended major's course plan to ensure that you complete all of the required subjects. Careful course planning is required for double majors, so make sure that you follow the Double Major Course Plans exactly as written or you may not be able to complete a double major. We'll also be putting up new course plans showing possible major/minor combinations, for those students who want a second sequence of study, but don't want to complete a full double major.

Choose your first year subjects

In your first year you will take six Bachelor of Design electives, along with two breadth subjects. First year elective subjects act as foundation knowledge for second year, and there are many second year subjects you can't complete until you've finished the first year prerequisites. You should choose your elective subjects carefully, as they will form the basis of your chosen major. The Bachelor of Design sample course plans will show you which subjects to choose for your major. Use these, and the University Handbook when you are planning your subjects.

Keep Your Options Open via the Bachelor of Design Course Planning Tool

In order to assist you in course planning to keep your options open, you can download the Bachelor of Design Course Planning Tool. This is an excel spreadsheet which will outline which subjects you will need to enrol in if you would like to keep your options open for numerous majors.

Please note that strict course planning is required for double majors with some having alternate first year requirements*. If you are intend on completing a double major, please ensure that you course plan via the Double Majors Course Plan page rather than using this tool.

Please follow the steps below when using the spreadsheet

  1. Download the spreadsheet here
  2. Tick the majors of interest in the drop down box as indicated
  3. Prerequisite subjects will be highlighted in green
  4. Take note of the semester offering of each prerequisite subject
  5. Check whether the major has a maths requirement
  6. If the major does have a maths requirement, click the further information link on the spreadsheet to check the appropriate mathematics level you will need to complete

Once you have completed these steps, enrol in all of requisite subjects listed as a priority. Subjects highlighted  in purple may be taken as either breadth OR electives. This may assist you in keeping further options open.

*Students undertaking Architecture and Construction should check the double major course plan, as they may not be required to complete all subjects.

When you have selected the correct first year subjects for your major, you will need to select additional elective subjects until you have a total of six. You can choose elective subjects from the list below, or you can choose to keep a second major pathway open to you.

+ Six First Year Design Electives
+ Two Breadth subjects

Bachelor of Design students specialise by completing a major in a specific discipline (depth), and gain knowledge across disciplines by taking subjects from outside their core program (breadth).

First year students normally select two Level 1 subjects (25 points) as breadth in the first year.

Did you complete a secondary qualification that was not VCE?

If the enrolment system does not recognise your secondary studies as meeting prerequisites for a particular subject, you can use the Enrolment Variation form to request assistance:

  1. Log in to the Enrolment Variation form
  2. Select the Requisite Waiver option
  3. Upload the transcript from your non-VCE qualification as evidence that you do meet the prerequisite for the subject.

More information on how to use the Enrolment Variation form is available here.

Register for the Peer Mentoring Program

The B-DES Peer Mentoring Program is an opportunity for new students to get in touch with later-year B-ENVS students, ask questions and share your experiences of navigating through the first few weeks of the start of your degree.

The program includes a welcome morning tea on Friday Feb 24th where you will meet later-year students as well as your fellow cohort. You will be put in touch with a designated peer mentor who will be a contact on campus for you over the coming weeks. B-DES students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2017, are encouraged to register here . Registrations close on Sunday 19 February.

Keep a look out for the Bachelor of Design Newsletter

The Bachelor of Design Newsletter is one of our primary contacts with you to inform you of any updates about your course. If there are any issues with enrolment or changes in the Bachelor of Design, they will be announced here. The Newsletter also includes articles regarding special events, enrichment activities and job opportunities specifically aimed at Bachelor of Design students.


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