Bachelor of Design (Interior Design)
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Course in detail
- A major in Interior Design consisting of 16 units, five being core Design units and eleven being specific Communication Design units.
- A co-major consisting of eight units in another Design discipline (Multimedia Design, Communication Design, Industrial Design or Film and Television) or one offered by another faculty.
- Usually two minors of four units each offered by Design or other faculties at Swinburne, provided that no subjects overlap.
- Remaining units may consist of Electives Plus, Study Tours, Student Exchange or other approved options.
In addition to the above, students must complete a compulsory unit of study HDD0009 Careers in the Curriculum to be awarded the degree. Careers in the Curriculum is an innovative unit designed to assist Swinburne students to enhance their employability and career prospects. Careers in the Curriculum has been developed by Swinburne Careers and Employment who provide advice and feedback on completing job applications and undergoing interviews, directed at obtaining graduate employment. Careers in the Curriculum is a compulsory unit usually undertaken in second year. Students will not incur a HECS or fee debt as the cost will be met by the university as part of an initiative to enhance students' employability skills.
Electives Plus sequences provide Swinburne degree students with options to broaden their career skills and strengthen their employability by selecting from units of study outside their degree discipline.
Students undertaking this course can choose to study Electives Plus sequences of up to three units from one of the following themes:
- Effective Communication
- Establishing and Running a Business - pre 2009
- Italian Language Practice and Culture - pre 2009
- Enterprising Marketing - pre 2009
- Multimedia: Web Development
- Information Orientation and Knowledge Management
- Undergraduate Research Skills
- Design: Process and Strategy Electives Plus sequence
- The Networked Economy
The Faculty of Design is offering an optional six-week Winter and Summer term allowing you to complete extra study between the standard semesters. These terms are not mandatory. However, if you wish to vary your study load you may want to consider this option.
Note: Summer Term will not be offered in January/February 2014.
Students can apply to participate in an exchange program or a study tour program as part of their degree. More information about our current exchange and study tour programs can be viewed here
Interior Design Major - 2009
Communication Design Co-Major - 2009
Multimedia Design Co-Major - 2009
Industrial Design Co-Major - 2009
Film and Television Co-Major - 2009
Architectural Product Minor - 2009
Design Management Minor - 2009
Design Studies Minor - 2009
Film and Television Minor - 2009
Advertising Design Minor - 2009
Typography Minor - 2009
Industrial Design Minor - 2009
Introduction to 3D CAD Minor - 2009
Units of study
Swinburne Prahran - February Intake
Interior Design Major Units
HDINT111 Interior Design Studio - Context, Space, Place and Dwelling
HDINT112 Interior Design Communication
HDINT121 Interior Design Construction Technology
HDINT122 Theory of Interior Design
HDINT211 Interior Design Studio - Changing Patterns and Social Space
HDINT212 Digital Representation
HDINT221 Interior Design Studio - Virtual Space
HDINT222 Construction Technology - Documentation and Detailing
HDINT311 Interior Design Studio - Sustainable Design
HDINT321 Interior Design Studio - Inhabitation
HDINT322 Construction Technology - Documentation and Specification
HDC001 20th Century Design
HDC003 Design Studio
HDC004 Digital Design
HDC005 Contemporary Design Issues
HDC009 Design and Business Strategy
This is a zero credit point unit of study which is compulsory for students in the second or third year of their course.
HDP050 Industry Placement 1 (37.5 credit points)
HDP055 Industry Placement 2 (37.5 credit points)
Any two 12.5 credit point subject from Stage 3 units of study
Students undertaking Industry Placement interstate or overseas are required to advise Student Administration at the Faculty of Design.
Aims and objectives
- Acquire a systematic and coherent body of knowledge, the underlying principles and concepts, and the associated communication and problem-solving skills.
- Develop academic skills and attributes necessary to undertake design research, comprehend and evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources (refer to the following units of study: HDC001, HDC002, HDC005).
- Develop the ability to review, consolidate, extend and apply the knowledge and techniques learnt, including in a professional context (refer to the following units of study: HDC004, HDC007, HDC008).
- Gain a foundation for self-directed and life-long learning.
- Gain interpersonal and teamwork skills appropriate to employment and/or further study.
Industry Placement gives students practical experience to add to their academic studies, and is a proven advantage in the graduate job market. All Industry Placements are subject to availability of places. For further information please enquire at the faculty office.
Students may continue into the Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) (Honours) program through the following avenues, these include a selection process:
- Students who have successfully undertaken an Industry Placement in Year 3 are required to complete their Honours (fourth) year by Coursework.
- Students who did not participate in an Industry Placement in third year, and who have maintained a grade average of Credit or above may apply towards the end of their third year, to study in the Honours program. These students may complete their Honours year by coursework. Students with equivalent qualifications wishing to apply for their Honours year by coursework may be required to attend an interview and submit a folio.
- The Design Centre may be an option for Interior Design students. It is a working design studio that develops innovative design projects, especially where innovation is supported by applied design research. Projects may include both commissioned and self-determined projects. Please contact the Faculty of Design directly if you are interested in this option.
English language requirementsSatisfactory completion of the Swinburne English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Level 2 program with a teacher's recommendation for the required level of study; or obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.0 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; or a TOEFL (paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5); or a TOEFL (computer-based) minimum score of 213 (with Written Writing score of 5); or a TOEFL (internet-based) minimum score of 80 with no band less than 20.
Refer to the English Language Requirements website for further information.
How to apply
Apply for this course by following the step-by-step process on our How to Apply page.