Bachelor of Design/Education (Secondary)

The UNSW Bachelor of Design and the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is a five-year, full-time (or part-time equivalent) double degree designed for graduates wanting to pursue a career in secondary-school teaching and advanced design. After completing the program, you’ll have a professional teaching qualification as well as a design degree from the prestigious UNSW Art & Design.

The Bachelor of Design has an integrated approach to design, where graduates gain flexible skills that allow them to work across a wide range of design disciplines. Our Design and Education graduates gain their teaching qualification in visual arts, graphics and multimedia technology.

Build Your Professional Skills

The UNSW Bachelor of Education will prepare you to pursue a career in secondary school teaching. This degree is recognised as an initial teaching qualification in both government and non-government secondary schools throughout Australia and overseas.

Through this degree, you’ll be well-versed in the areas of educational psychology and educational theories, pedagogy, assessment, diversity, inclusivity, indigenous perspectives and classroom management.

Real-World Experience

We place great importance on practical experience. Our students will develop skills in the classroom and gain practical experience teaching by their second year of study. We have strong industry partnerships that provide our pre-service teachers experience working in, or even observing cutting-edge programs in classrooms.

You’ll have the opportunity to bring your passion for design to life through classroom experience, professional learning and development. Students can focus on a particular career path, through flexible learning, online and intensive courses.

You can complete your professional experience in a variety of locations including schools in Eastern Sydney, rural and remote schools, and overseas. Upon completion of your degree, you’ll have completed up to 80 days in supervised teaching at least three secondary-school contexts.

Specialise in Design

The Bachelor of Design and the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) will prepare you for a career as a Design Professional, or a Visual Arts and Design teacher – the choice is yours. The degree is designed for those who have completed an undergraduate degree in Design or a related area and want to extend their critical and creative skills in Design.

The design component enables students to advance their knowledge and understanding of design practice by developing a significant practice-led research project. You’ll have exclusive access to UNSW Art & Design’s leading research labs. Our selective professional placement program will allow you to explore the potential of design in the 21st Century.

Supported by coursework in design theory and professional practice, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in contemporary design and the role of design in social challenges. Graduates develop an understanding of design strategy, design methods and research for design, on design and through design.


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Your Career

UNSW School of Education is at the forefront of teaching excellence and a preferred provider of professional development and training for the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). You’ll have the opportunity to learn from our award-winning lecturers who have a wealth of knowledge to set you on the right path. Our partnerships with local schools, industry and government mean you’ll enjoy a unique learning experience which is intellectually stimulating and professionally engaging.

There are few careers where you have such a significant impact on the way future generations participate in the world. The Bachelor of Design and the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) provides career pathways to design consultancy, innovation or a diverse array of professional and career outcomes in the design and cultural sectors as well as pathways to higher degree research programs such as an MPhil or PhD.

As a UNSW Bachelor of Education student, you’ll learn to stretch yourself and your students. The Education program at UNSW prepares graduates to pursue a career in secondary-school teaching in New South Wales, Australia and overseas.

What Our Academics Say

“UNSW is a bright, exciting and vibrant location that does provide students the opportunity to engage with researchers and academics that [are] at the cutting edge of pushing their fields and working in different sorts of ways.”

- Dr Gregory Vass, Lecturer at UNSW School of Education

You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.

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