Queensland University of Technology School of Design

mission statement

Our vision is to be world class in our research, teachign and learning and partnerships. We seek to achieve this through integrated scholarship across research, teaching and application of knowledge in the real world. More than ever we seek to do this through our internal and external partnerships. We desire to make a positive difference to our own lives and those of others, particularly our students, through: Passion for work Emapthetic respect for others Openness and integrity through honesty and trust Persistence, resilience and determination to succeed Leadership that is innovative and visionary Engagement in purposeful collaboration

international role

The School of Design is active internationally and has established itself as a dynamic contributor to research and the community. The School is affiliated with the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.

national role

As part of the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, the School is part of the Australian Technology Network of Universities. The School is heavily involved in the Centre for Subtropical Design and has strong links to the Brisbane City Council, the Design Institute of Australia, Australian Insitute of Architects and the Australian Insitute of Landscape Architects. Research activity is underpinned by substantial government (Australian Research Council) and community grants.

main focus

To provide opportunities for real interaction in an open and infomral learning environment. We aim to create a community where knowledge and skills are shared, emerging issues are explored and research is applied to better our teaching and learning practices and academic development. The School's focus is on practice-based learninggreatly enhanced through close engagement with industry.

faculties and departments

School of Design is located with the Creative Industries Faculty

bachelor level programs

Bachelor of Design (Architecture) 4 years
Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) 4 years
Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture) 4 years
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) 4 years
Bachelor of Fashion 4 years
Bachelor of Interactive and Visual Design 4 years
The Bachelor of Design (Honours) is the current four-year program offered by the Creative Industries Faculty’s School of Design. Launched in 2014 with the discipline based majors of Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture, to which were added Fashion and Interactive and Visual Design (IVD) as study areas in 2015. Accredited by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA), Architecture is a professional qualification requiring 5 years of study and 2 years practical work experience before registration. In 2016 Architecture was awarded five years accreditation by the AACA.  Similarly, Landscape Architecture has accreditation recognition for level 8 AQF through Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)

research activity and main areas

The QUT Design Lab is a dynamic hub for all research activities within the School of Design. The spirit of innovation that characterizes the QUT Design Lab is evidence in the Lab’s transdisciplinary research themes of health and wellbeing, community, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship. These themes represent broad areas of interest and function to build and foster new transdisciplinary research collaborations that seek to address real world challenges.
The QUT Design Lab benefits from the strong commitment that QUT has made in the Creative Industries and the support it provides in developing research partnerships with Science & Engineering, Health, Business, Education and other areas of research excellence found across the University. The innovatively structured research program draws upon expertise in the Design disciplines to address significant contemporary challenges, with the aim of producing research that has real world impact. Furthermore the QUT Design Lab is structured such to facilitate the translation of knowledge into action, that results in tangible impacts for stakeholders, socialand commercial outcomes, community engagement, and thought leadership among policy makers.
More information on the QUT Design Lab, our researchers and postgraduate students, and past and current projects and publications can be found here: https://research.qut.edu.au/design-lab.

doctorate level programs

Doctor of Philosophy (2-4 years)

subject areas for exchange students

Architectural studies, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Fashion, Interactive and Visual Design

application deadlines

December 1 (for semester 1 commencement, February - June) May 15 (for semester 2 commencement, July - November)

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