Bachelor of Design Studies

Bachelor of Design Studies


Program Code: 
  • RMIT Saigon South
  • RMIT Hanoi City
3 years
School of Communication & Design

Bring your passion and creativity to RMIT and become a successful design professional who can make a difference.

Program overview

This program is suited to students who want to combine a broad design education with the opportunity to specialise in particular creative streams. 

The first year introduces you to a range of foundational skills and theories, such as drawing, typography, composition, colour and computing. 

From the second year, you can specialise in two of the following areas: 

  • graphic design and visual communication (Saigon South/Hanoi City)
  • fashion design (Saigon South)
  • interior design (Saigon South)
  • illustration and digital imaging design (Saigon South/Hanoi City)

Each specialisation has three learning components – theory, skills and studio project work.  

Part of the program is delivered through two forms of block mode:

  • four-week block mode, with classes three times per week over four weeks;
  • eight-week block mode, with classes either three or two times per week over eight weeks. 

The program culminates in project work and a three-month internship, giving you the chance to develop a portfolio to impress future employers.

Career prospects

Career opportunities can be found in:

  • graphic design
  • fashion design
  • interior design 
  • illustration and digital imaging 
  • creative direction
  • 2D motion graphics design
Program structure

*Program elective’ refers to elective courses offered in this particular program. ‘General elective’ refers to elective courses offered across the university.

Studio V is a program that links students to industry partners, government agencies, non-government organisations and other community groups through creative d projects. Project issues reflect the topics of social issues, environmental issues and economic issues affecting Vietnam.
Learning, teaching & assessment

The Bachelor of Design Studies places strong emphasis on collaborative learning approaches through design studios, workshops and workplace learning. Your final year project will creatively demonstrate, through design, an ethical approach and innovative outcomes to topics affecting Vietnam, such as social and environmental sustainability, and economic change.

Assessment methods include creative responses to design briefs, design projects, research, group presentations, essays, and examinations.


RMIT Design students enjoy modern teaching spaces with access to audio and video production studios, design-enabled computer labs, 3D printing resources and one of the best English language libraries for design in Southeast Asia. You will also be given the opportunity to explore a range of new and emerging design technologies in the fields of AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality).

Global experiences

You can study for one or two semesters in RMIT Melbourne (in your second year) or at one of our 200+ partner universities worldwide.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

  • High school graduation diploma with a minimum GPA of 7.0/10.0 for Grade 12, for other international qualifications please view entry requirements by country
; or
  • Successfully complete the UniSTART (Design Studies) with a minimum GPA of 1.0/4.0 with no double fail of a course; or
  • If you have completed or partially completed a similar program at another institution you may be accepted with some academic credit, or exemptions, being granted toward this program.

English requirements

Successfully complete RMIT English Advanced or complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5+ (no band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT 79+ (with minimum score of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58+ (no communication band below 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) 176+ (no band   below 169)

For other international English entry requirements, please view English equivalency requirements.

Note: TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson and Cambridge results are recognised for two years from the test date. RMIT English results are recognised for one year from the test date.

Please contact the RMIT Vietnam Student Recruitment team for more information.


Students can choose standard fee or fixed fee program. Payments can be made each semester, on a course-by-course basis.

Standard tuition fee 2019

  • Annual tuition fee11,887 USD (indicative USD fee) ~ 277,920,000 VND (based on full time study load - 8 courses)
  • Whole program fee35,661 USD (indicative USD fee) ~833,760,000 VND (24 courses - 288 credits)

Fixed fee 2019

  • Annual tuition fee*12,705 USD (indicative USD fee) ~ 297,043,000 VND  (based on full time study load - 8 courses)
  • Whole program fee*38,115 USD (indicative USD fee) ~ 891,130,000 VND (24 courses - 288 credits)

(*) Fixed Fees are offered to brand new students who would like to fix their course tuition fees for a specified period of a Higher Education degree program. The fixed fee program guards against potential fee increases and currency fluctuations. All fees noted above with * are fixed fees, and are correct for 2019.


  1. The duration of programs is flexible and can be adapted on an individual basis upon enrolment.
  2. Program fees are priced and invoiced in Vietnam Dong (VND).
  3. Payment in other currencies will be converted to VND at the exchange rate on that day. Bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.
  4. The fees in USD are ONLY applicable to those international students who arrange for payment from overseas, as per Circular No. 32/2013/TT-NHNN.

Hope Unending is a non-profit organisation for anti-human trafficking and anti-child exploitation. We’ve been collaborating with students from the Design Studies program as part of their class projects. Our initial expectation was for them to re-design posters and fliers for our outreach program. However, they were so creative and proactive that they came up with an idea to produce a picture book. I was truly impressed with their ability to think outside of the box.

Len Thanh Vu
Industry partner
Project Manager, Hope Unending

The Design Studies program is as exciting for the lecturers as it is for the students. Through an intensive and focused program, we get to see young designers develop the fundamental skills of design practice. This is supported by an introduction to the theoretical and historical basis of these skills. With this experience as their foundation, they develop the confidence to then identify their own unique and creative identities. We are proud to play a part in this magnificent journey.

Martin Constable

So far I have found the Design Studies program to be very useful for me. It has been a memorable experience. I can see the passion and dedication of the lecturers and I admire them very much. As a group, we all get along, which makes for a very memorable learning experience. It’s great that the program is delivered in block mode, which helps me to focus and be more efficient in my work.

Ze Sing Kee
Current student