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Bachelor of Design (Honours) - Learning outcomes

Educational aims

The BDes provides a solid foundation for building design knowledge, skills and competencies to prepare you for the many opportunities available in today’s design and creative industries and beyond. You’ll study the principles and concepts that underpin design and understand how design can respond to some of the complex challenges we face as a society today. You’ll apply your design knowledge through a range of design activities and project work. You’ll explore and try different design skills to build your toolkit, representing your interests and developing competencies. You’ll bring your learning together in a design portfolio, demonstrating your overall design ability as well as your values and identity as a designer.

The BDes offers a clear pathway to qualification: six modules that link together, providing the time to develop design expertise and character. Your tutor, the wider teaching team and design community will support you on this journey. The design work you produce during your study is evidence of your learning and development as a designer, and you can use it as part of your professional portfolio.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this qualification, you’ll have knowledge and understanding of:

  • the role and value of design in different contexts
  • the technological, ecological, and social aspects of design
  • theories, approaches, and histories of design.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to:

  • connect and integrate knowledge from diverse sources, cultures and disciplines
  • identify and create opportunities to integrate social and ecological challenges
  • reflect and think about design in creative, critical and analytical ways.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to:

  • apply design to create real-world value
  • critically engage in the ongoing creation and development of your personal and professional identity and practice
  • organise, manage and progress your design practice.

Key skills

On completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to:

  • confidently select and shape digital and physical materials to mobilise and connect people and ideas to deliver design outcomes
  • analytically select and use appropriate tools, techniques and methods to produce design ideas and outcomes
  • critically use disciplinary language, media, and argument to communicate design ideas.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

You’ll learn independently using the following types of material provided by us:

  • printed teaching texts
  • online teaching texts
  • online studio and portfolio work
  • case studies
  • specialised software tools.

We’ll support your learning with:

  • self-assessment questions and activities
  • project work
  • practical design skills
  • feedback and guidance from tutors
  • supported qualification learning space
  • seminars and engagement with external resources
  • online moderated forums
  • study and project guides.

We’ll assess your learning with:

  • tutor-marked assignments
  • end-of-module assessments
  • design portfolio.