Program Overview

The Bachelor of Computational Design at UNSW is a three-year full-time degree that prepares you for a career designing future solutions in the built environment through technology.

Studying this degree, you’ll think critically and creatively and see your design solutions brought to life through studio-based classes. You’ll learn to approach challenges differently through design-thinking and apply cutting-edge technologies including 3D modelling, digital geometry and parametric design, responsive environments, form making, and robotic and digital fabrication using 3D printers and laser cutters.

Supported by our open and inclusive Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture, you’ll join an interdisciplinary community of practice. Alongside a diverse group of creative and built environment students, staff and industry professionals, you’ll work to solve real-world problems.

In your third year you’ll complete a project set by our industry partners, meaning you’ll graduate with a professional portfolio and the industry connections to launch your career.



  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 43,265



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Program structure

The Bachelor of Computational Design is a three-year program consisting of 24 courses.

The program includes:

  • 18 Core courses

  • 1 Prescribed elective

  • 5 Open elective courses (choose from within UNSW Built Environment or another faculty)   


Once you’ve completed this degree, you could be eligible to undertake the one-year Computational Design Honours program. You’ll deepen your knowledge of computational design by undertaking a significant research project. The research project, a thesis, could be a written report or essay, but could also be represented in creative formats.

You’ll graduate with and advanced skills and an extended project that will set you apart as you kick-start your career.

One-year degree option

The one-year Bachelor of Computational Design is available to students as an additional year to another relevant degree.

The program includes:

  • 9 Core courses

  • 3 Prescribed Built Environment electives

  • 2 General electives (for non-UNSW graduates)

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period.

Some courses need to be studied in your first and second year, so you’re prepared for courses that can only be studied in later years. You can study full-time or part-time. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term.

Below is an example of what you could study in a standard three-year, full-time study plan in the The Bachelor of Computational Design.

First year

  • 2 Built Environment core courses

  • 4 Computational Design core courses

  • 1 Built Environment core course

Second year

  • 4 Computational Design core courses

Third year

  • 3 Computational Design core courses

  • 5 Electives

The optional Honours year includes:

  • 1 Research Methods course

  • 2 Critical Literature Reviews

  • 1 Thesis

The one-year degree option includes:

  • 9 Core courses

  • 3 Prescribed Built Environment electives

  • 2 General electives (for non-UNSW grads)

Some courses in the one-year program will need to be taken over the summer term.


Direct entry requirement

All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE)


Indian School Certificate (CISCE)


India State Board


Great Britain General Certificate of Education (GCE A levels)


International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)


Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (after 2016)



Applicants will be assessed on a combination of higher school academic results, portfolio submission and an interview.

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • English language tests and university English courses

  • Prior study in the medium of English

  • Other qualifications

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. 

IELTS 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

TOEFL 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)


2022 Indicative First Year Fee


2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


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