Major Overview


Note: this major is only available to re-enrolling students.

Integrated Design involves the creation of objects, places and spaces in response to existing and emerging economic, technical and social needs and desires. It is a speculative discipline—meaning the use of your creative imagination is central to the way you use different technologies and methods when creating drawings, models and prototypes. As part of the creative process you will undertake collaborative work on multidisciplinary projects with a variety of individuals. Your practical studies will be supported by investigations into design communication and sustainable design, as well as considerations of relevant historical and ethical issues relating to design.


Students are able to:

  1. produce creative, technically informed and socially responsible design for objects, places, spaces and processes
  2. produce two- and three-dimensional conceptual and technical documentation that communicates design propositions to clients, contractors and the public
  3. apply design research, prototyping and analytical skills in developing design ideas
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between artistic production, technological development and the societal uses of designed objects and processes
  5. work as part of a multidisciplinary technical design team on a significant real world issue.
Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.


Integrated Design can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

No study plans found for this major. See study plans for more information.


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
not available in 2024 – may be available in 2025 or 2026

In addition to the core units outlined for this major, students undertaking Integrated Design as a degree-specific major are strongly encouraged to enhance their knowledge and expertise by taking units in the areas of Urban Design, Landscape Architecture and Fine Arts. If not already taking a second major, there are a number of highly desirable design electives. More advice can be sought from the Design and Education Student Office.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (12 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
ARLA1000 None
S1 ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation
IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation
Complementary units

Take the following complementary unit:

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ARCT1011 Early Modern Architecture
VISA1001 Art, Technology and Society.
HART1001 Art, Technology and Society

Level 2

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (18 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ARCT2001 Architecture Studio 2
ARCT1150 Architecture Studio 1 ARCT1010 Drawing History ARCT1011 Early Modern Architecture ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation ARLA1030 Structures and Systems ARCT1001 Architecture Studio 1
IDES2000 Integrated Design Studio 2—Making, IDES2040 Future Making
S2 ARTF2054 Drawing, Painting & Print Studio
VISA2273 Art of Drawing—Advanced

Level 3

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (18 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ARCT3040 Advanced Design Thinking
ARCT2000 Architecture Studio 2 (incorporating former IDES2001 Design Communication)
or ARLA2001 Design Studio—Future Making (incorporating former IDES2040 Future Making)
or IDES2001 Design Communication
or IDES2040 Design Studio—Future Making
IDES3010 Advanced Design Thinking
N/A IDES3000 Integrated Design Studio 3--Complex
IDES2040 Future Making
and IDES2000 Integrated Design Studio 2—Making (formerly IDES2000 Integrated Design Studio 1—Small)
or ARLA2001 Design Studio