BP316 - Bachelor of Design Studies

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Plan: BP316VRI - Bachelor of Design Studies
Campus: RMIT University Vietnam


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Design Studies
Award abbreviation: BDesSt
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 9 semesters full-time
Location: RMIT University Vietnam
Owning school: School of Communication and Design (840H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.vn/our-schools-centres/school-communication-design
ASCED code: 100501
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Design Studies is a broad-based program that emphasises the development of design thinking and practices, enabling you to take a design-based approach to problem-solving and innovation in a range of social, ethical, professional and cultural contexts. It is delivered primarily on campus, in a face-to-face, classroom and studio learning environment, and includes an industry internship placement.

In this program, you will build a well-rounded design capability based on development of sound theoretical and contextual knowledge, practical project work, technical skills acquisition, and work-integrated learning in more than one design discipline.

Up to two design disciplines can be selected from a set of options that include visual, physical, virtual, service-based and/or mediated design disciplines.

  • Year one - design discovery - ensures you are equipped with the broad theoretical, contextual, creative and technical capabilities needed to support progress in a specific design discipline.
  • Year two - design discipline - offers a flexible choice of specialisation in up to two areas of design. The courses in year 2 include University electives, studio-based project work, skills workshops and theory seminars.
  • Year three - integrated design - theoretical, contextual, creative, technical and professional aspects of the program are integrated and applied in one of three strands of investigation – i.e. social, environmental or sustainability issues (preferably in Vietnam), delivered as two 24-credit integrated capstone studio courses and an internship placement. 

The capstone courses integrate theoretical, skills-based and project-based experience in applied project work in a studio setting. The two capstone courses, as well as the internship, are structured to give you the opportunity to apply your design capability in real-world and work-oriented situations.

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Articulation and pathways

Credit for previous learning will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University's Credit Policy.

If you have completed studies or have partially completed a similar program at another institution (with entry criteria similar to this program) you may be accepted with some credits being granted towards the program.

Articulation arrangements between RMIT University programs enable you, upon graduating from the RMIT University qualification, to apply for advanced standing in a higher-level qualification.

You can enter the program on completion of the Diploma in Design Studies, with a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0. Credit transfer will be assessed on a case by case basis.

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Entrance requirements

Minimum Academic Requirements:

  • High school graduation diploma with a minimum GPA of 7.0/10.0 for Grade 12


  • Articulation from RMIT Vietnam pathway programs.

Minimum English Language Requirements:

In addition, you must satisfy one of the following English requirements:

  • Successful completion of RMIT ‘English for University’ Advanced, RMIT Academic English Program Advanced Plus, or complete one of the following English proficiency tests: IELTS (Academic); Pearson Test of English (Academic); Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE).
  • Successful completion of RMIT Vietnam English Advanced Level
  • Please view http://www.rmit.edu.vn/english-language-requirements 
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External accreditation and industry links

The School of Communication & Design has extensive links with industry to facilitate work integrated learning (WIL), industry student placements and industry-based experience.

The industry advisory committee for this program includes representatives of a number of international and local companies operating in design industries, and this committee works closely with Centre of Communication & Design staff and students to continuously review and enhance our programs.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment. You will also have access to helpful online resources through the RMIT Vietnam University Library. More information is on library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.vn/library. 

Some projects that involve constructed outputs may require additional materials. This will be negotiated with the lecturer when the project scope is agreed.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT Vietnam provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. Services are available face to face and online to assist with:

  • Transition to tertiary study and learning;
  • Study and academic skills;
  • Support if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other situation that could impact on your learning;
  • Career development and employment;
  • Opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad; and
  • Work integrated learning placements.
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