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Digital Design

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-DIGDE Humanities
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

The digital design major allows you to specialise in the exciting, creative fields within the digital design and multimedia design profession.

This major provides you with a comprehensive theoretical and practice-based design education. Over your course of study, you will have the opportunity to undertake projects in website design, 2D animation, motion graphics, interaction and experience design, 3D modelling and animation, character and avatar design and game resource design.

The major has a strong industry and design research focus, and you will work on real-world projects, facilitated by experienced staff and industry specialists.

There is emphasis on concept generation, creative problem solving, aesthetics, and advanced technical skills in multimedia technologies using the latest digital production software.

Digital design is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B

Other requirements

If you don’t meet the minimum course requirements, you may submit a portfolio and attend an interview. *

* Portfolio entry is only available for entry into Semester One for this course. 

Find out more about portfolio entry.


Other prospective students are also encouraged to submit a design portfolio with their application.


It is also recommended you attend a group advisory session if you register this major as one of your preferences.


Find out more about Humanities' Design Advisory Sessions.

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2016 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

Graduates may convert student memberships of national professional design bodies, such as the Design Institute of Australia, into full professional memberships following qualification and professional experience.

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Humanities to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning (CRL).

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Games Developer
  • Web Designer/Developer
  • 3D Artist
  • Character Designer
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Broadcast Designer for Cinema and TV
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Art Director
  • Educator

Possible careers

Multimedia Designer

To pursue a career as a multimedia designer, we recommend you complement your Digital Design single major with one or more of the following electives:

  • Art Visual Culture
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Photography
  • Visual Learning
  • Instruction Design
  • 2D Animation Methods
  • Exhibition Design
  • Digital Animation
  • Film and Video
  • Art Visual Research

Digital Animation Designer/3D Modeller

To pursue a career in this area, we recommend you complement your Digital Design single major with one or more of the following electives:

  • Film and Video
  • Audio and Visual
  • 2D Animation Methods
  • Digital Animation Methods
  • Computer Sciences 1 (Coding Basics)
  • Computer Sciences 1 (Coding Advanced)
  • Spatial Science/Data Visualising
  • Art (Drawing)
  • Art (Painting)
  • Instruction Design

Web Designer

To pursue a career as a web designer, we recommend you complement your Digital Design single major with one or more of the following electives:

  • Art Visual Culture
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Information Technology
  • Visual Learning
  • Creative Advertising
  • 2D Animation Methods
  • Exhibition Design
  • Digital Animation
  • Instruction Design
  • Art Visual Research

Why Digital Design?

  • The Digital Design major has a long tradition of providing graduates for the local and global industry.
  • Digital Design possesses strong industry links, built up through its staff members. Many of the staff are currently working in industry, and students often work on real world projects.
  • Digital Design develops a combination of creativity and up-to-date software skills. This has been instrumental for the employment potential of our graduates, many of whom have found full-time employment both in Australia and overseas.