Bachelor of Design Studies

Program code



3 years


February (Saigon South only)




Application deadlines

31 January (Saigon South only)

5 July

30 September



RMIT Saigon South

RMIT Hanoi city


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.

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


Program structure

Year one

Semester 1

  • Design Studio 1: Drawing and Modelmaking for Design
  • History and Theory of Design 1
  • Visual Vocabulary: Typography, Colour and Composition

Semester 2

  • Design and Computing 1 (Applications)
  • History and Theory of Design 2
  • Design Studio 2: Elements and Principles of Design

Semester 3

  • Creative Thinking and Innovation
  • Design and Computing 2 (3D and Effects)
  • Design Studio 3: Systems of Design

Year two

Semester 4

  • Design Discipline 1: Seminar (Theory)
  • Design Discipline 1: Workshop (Skills)
  • Design Discipline 1: Studio (Project)

Semester 5

  • Design Discipline 2: Seminar (Theory)
  • Design Discipline 2: Workshop (Skills)
  • Design Discipline 2: Studio (Project)

Semester 6

  • Design Management and Collaborative Studio
  • Elective 
  • Elective

Year three

Semester 7

  • (Studio V) Design Studies: Capstone Studio 1 (24 credit points)
  • Elective 

Semester 8

  • Design Studies: Capstone Studio 2 (24 credit points)

Semester 9

  • Professional Practice: Design Internship (12 credit points)

Design Discipline 1: 

  • Illustration and Digital Imaging; or
  • 3D Concepts - exterior and interiors

Design Discipline 2: 

  • Graphic Design and Visual Communication; or
  • Fashion Design

Studio V - Project issues:

  • Social issues affecting Vietnam
  • Environemental issues affecting Vietnam
  • Economic issues affecting Vietnam

Specialise and succeed. Our multidisciplinary program offers a world of opportunities. You can choose two specialisations (disciplines) from the following areas:

  • 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 project work.

Graphics & Visual communication: Engage with all areas of graphic design - from idea generation and development, to communicating the end product to your clients.

Fashion design: Learn the fundamentals of fashion design - idea creation, experimentation with fabrics and form, and production. Develop theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills.

Interior design: Explore spatial ideas and creative practice using sketch, modelling and computer software to draw, design and create.

Illustration & Digital imaging design: Develop digital drawing skills; learn theories, and generate ideas to produce high-end digital imaging.

Studio V is a program that links students to industry partners, government agencies, non-government organisations and other community groups through creative 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.

Career prospects

Digitalisation and a rapidly changing market are demanding a new breed of designers, and career opportunities include:

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

The Bachelor of Design Studies will enable you to develop knowledge and critical analysis skills relevant to contemporary design concepts and practice. Areas of study include theories and methods of design, skills development, including drawing and model-making, development of conceptual skills, design project management and studios, and applied design in workplace and social contexts.

Upon the successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  1. Critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge from the history of design, and adapt this knowledge to diverse social, ethical and cultural contexts.
  2. Critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge of diverse design theories, concepts and approaches, and adapt this knowledge to local and international contexts.
  3. Exercise critical thinking and judgment when evaluating products, outputs and outcomes of design activity in multiple disciplines in a range of media.
  4. Apply advanced visualisation and representation skills (including use of drawing, modelling and colour) to support design practice.
  5. Apply core technical skills and emerging design knowledge, skills and technologies, both independently and collaboratively, to enable further learning and professional practice.
  6. Exercise creativity, critical thinking and independent judgment to identify and solve real-world design challenges, and define and communicate innovative solutions.
  7. Apply planning, problem-solving and decision-making skills to the end-to-end design process.
  8. Develop responsibility and accountability for development of a personal design practice that demonstrates an original, ethical, innovative and professional approach to design.


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

(*) 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. 


  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.

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.

How to apply