Integrated Design major

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; and (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:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Integrated Design is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • two Level 3 units (including one 12-point unit)
  • one Level 3 complementary unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

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
S1 ARLA1000 Design Studio - Groundings
IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals, LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Groundings
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 Art, Technology and Society
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 Design Studio
ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings (formerly IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals)
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation)
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)
ARLA2001 Design Studio—Future Making (incorporating former IDES2040 Future Making)
IDES2001 Design Communication
IDES2040 Design Studio—Future Making
IDES3010 Advanced Design Thinking
N/A IDES3000 Integrated Design Studio 3--Complex
IDES2040 Future Making
IDES2000 Integrated Design Studio 2—Making (formerly IDES2000 Integrated Design Studio 1—Small)
ARLA2001 Design Studio

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Integrated Design degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-IDSGN

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Integrated Design degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-IDSGN-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .