Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours) - degree outline


Digital animation inspires postgraduate student

Postgraduate student Vittorio Suhendro has always been passionate about animation and illustration, so when selecting his main project for the Bachelor of Art & Design (Honours) in Digital Design, an animation project was the obvious choice.

His project entitled Little Artist Totto (pictured) has a distinct painterly style, created digitally as opposed to traditional pencil sketches. The animation is about a little girl named Totto who loves to draw, but her passion often gets her into trouble at school. Check out Vittorio’s portfolio of work in his blog.

The Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours) provides an opportunity for high-achieving students to extend their undergraduate studies with an intensive year of research.
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Quick facts

Programme Code: AK3670
Level: 8
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February 2018
Application deadline: 1 December 2017



AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full.

Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Entry requirements and application guide

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours) an applicant must have completed the Bachelor of Design or the Bachelor of Visual Arts with a B grade average or higher in papers at level 7, or equivalent.

An applicant may be required to submit a portfolio of work and attend a selection interview.

An applicant must submit a research proposal for approval prior to enrolment.

A Postgraduate Research Proposal (PGR1 form)

Guidelines to entry

Specialist areas:

  • Communication Design (UX/UI, branding, information design, typography, illustration, animation, photography and design history)
  • Digital Design (virtual and augmented reality, motion capture, animation, cinematic and post-cinematic practices, visual effects, future pedagogy, gaming, sound design for VR, interactive art and design practices, experience design)
  • Fashion and Textile Design (smart textiles, knit, print, textile, fashion and costume design)
  • Product Design (user centered industrial design, design for health and wellbeing)
  • Spatial Design (interior, furniture, urbanism, performance, installation, moving image, digital environments, exhibition design and spatial theory)
  • Visual Arts (multimedia, installation, video and new media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, sound, film, performance, social art practice, collaboration, and other culturally relevant media)


This degree provides students with research methodologies to contextualise and underpin a single large studio project in which you will be able to develop your research, problem solving, communication and analytical skills to a professional standard.

Papers - 120 points in total

ARDN800 Research Methodology (15 points)
ARDN898 Dissertation (90 points)

SELECT 15 points from:
DESN802 Design Contextual Review (15 points)
VSAR802 Visual Arts Contextual Review (15 points)

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Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.    

For programme information and availability of papers, please email the Postgraduate Coordinator

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.40pm

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