Bachelor of Design / Bachelor of Business double degrees

AUT’s double degrees in design and business combine creative talents with business acumen. If you are looking for a career in design, these double degrees help you gain a solid foundation in business as part of your studies; essential if you are planning to run your own business or want to advance a product or service in the marketplace. The combination is offered in response to enquiries from students wishing to do both degrees.
The Bachelor of Design delivers majors in Communication Design (formerly Graphic Design), Digital Design, Fashion Design, Product Design, Spatial Design and Textile Design, which give emerging designers the opportunity to advance their creative practice. Business majors that are particularly useful if you want to earn a living off your creative skills include Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Sustainable Enterprise, Marketing and Management. The Bachelor of Business also has its own dedicated Design major, which teaches new types of creative thinking skills especially relevant to the overlap between design and business.

By studying both degrees you develop design skills for roles in business, including the ability to create high value products, services and brands, and to balance creative design and strategic thinking to complement design and business.

You can complete these double degrees in four years if you enrol in Summer School papers and do the business co-operative education paper over Summer School at the end of your third or fourth year. Otherwise you will complete the double degrees during your fifth year.

Be sure to look over the study scenarios PDFs below.

How to enter

You apply for both programmes separately and meet the entry requirements for both programmes.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor of Design
 Bachelor of Business
  • University Entrance or equivalent

Portfolio not ready yet?

Portfolios are essential to be considered for entry into the Bachelor of Design programme. If you don’t have a portfolio of art or design work ready to submit, apply for the Bachelor of Business first. Alongside your enrolment in the Bachelor of Business, enrol in a first year creative design paper** under the provision of a Certificate of Proficiency (AKCOP). This paper will help you in preparing your portfolio, a requirement for your application for the Bachelor of Design.

Once entry requirements for the Bachelor of Design have been met, the successful completion of the creative design paper will be credited to the Bachelor of Design programme.

** First year creative design Bachelor of Design papers available per major:

Communication Design
GRAD503 Materials and Media I

Digital Design
DIGD503 Introduction to 3D Animation

Fashion Design
FASD505 Human View

Product Design
PRDD505 Product Design and Communication

Spatial Design
SPAD504 Digital Techniques I

Textile Design
TEXD504 Textile View

Last updated: 22-Mar-2017 3.18pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.