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Top 5 Art and Design Schools for 2021 Revealed

Are you keen on turning your creative talents into a university study plan? We have the low-down on the best places to pursue an Art or Design degree in Australia. 

From rankings to entry requirements, we’ve got you covered!

See which uni might suit you!

#5. The University of Melbourne 

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Rankings

The University of Melbourne is ranked fifth in Australia for Art and Design it is also the third top ranking university in the country. 

This university is also 49th in the world according to QS Top University Rankings By Subject 2020. 

About 

As one of Australia’s oldest universities, Melbourne university is located across seven campuses. 

The Melbourne School of Design offers a three year Bachelor degree in Design on the university’s Parkville campus. 

In the first year of study, students learn new design concepts or skills. Students can then choose to study one of two majors, or a major and a minor. There are 11 majors to choose from, including Landscape Architecture and Spatial Systems!

The University of Melbourne also offers graduate pathways into careers such as teaching, with resources available on their website to help with this. 

Scholarships for the University of Melbourne can be found here!

Entry Requirements 

Admission into the Melbourne School of Design requires a VCE score of at least 25 in English or at least 30 in EAL. 

The Bachelor of Design currently has a guaranteed entry ATAR of 88. No portfolio is necessary for this course. 

#4. The University of New South Wales

UNSW - Art and Design

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Rankings 

UNSW comes in at fourth for the best Art and Design university in Australia. 

The university is also ranked 48th globally according to the QS Top University Rankings By Subject 2020. 

UNSW is ranked third in Australia for graduate employability and fourth in Australia overall, according to QS Top Universities 2021. 

About 

UNSW’s Art and Design campus is located in Paddington, Sydney. It is right near many great parks and is a bus ride away from beaches such as Bondi. 

The university’s Art and Design department offers degrees in design, media arts and studio practice, where students pick from 6 specialisations! It is also one of the only universities to offer a degree in art theory. 

UNSW offers professional studio spaces, including the campus Black Box for creating multimedia performance and still image. 

UNSW boasts some talented alumni, including art critic Andrew Frost and performance artists Barbara Cleveland! Students from 130 countries currently study at UNSW. 

Scholarships are available for UNSW degrees and can be found here!

Entry Requirements 

UNSW accepts applications directly through UAC. 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio Practice) and the Bachelor of Design currently require an ATAR of 80. 

UNSW also offers a portfolio entry scheme if you are not a recent school leaver or did not reach ATAR requirements. 

#3. Swinburne University of Technology 

Swinburne - Art and Design

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Rankings 

Swinburne’s School of Design is ranked the third best university for Art and Design in Australia. 

It is also ranked 43rd in the world according to QS Top University Rankings By Subject 2020.

Swinburne is also the 20th best university in Australia, as ranked by QS Top Universities 2021.

About 

Swinburne is located just outside of Melbourne on three campuses. Most courses are offered on the Hawthorne campus.

This university has a particular focus on Design Innovation and Communication Design, but offers a broad range of majors. Visual Arts degrees are also available. 

Swinburne’s Design Factory Melbourne has been set up to bring students and industry partners together to create projects! Students gain professional experience while studying. 

The Design Factory is part of a global network to support design students as they develop skills.

Scholarships for Swinburne can be found here!

Entry Requirements 

The Bachelor of Design requires submission of a portfolio with three to five pieces of original work. Applicants are also encouraged to submit supporting documents. 

Details on applications can be found here!

#2. University of Technology Sydney

UTS - Art and Design

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Rankings 

UTS is ranked 23rd in the world for Art and Design in the QS Top University Rankings by Subject 2020. 

The university is also the top young university in Australia according to QS Top University Rankings 2020.

Additionally, UTS is ranked as Australia’s 9th best university overall within QS Top University Rankings 2021.

About 

This university is located right in Sydney, just a five minute walk from Central Station. At just 33 years old, UTS has modern buildings which blend into the cityscape!

UTS’ School of Design offers 17 undergraduate degree combinations. Courses in fashion, and product design are available, in addition to more traditional design degrees. Most single degrees are three years in length, and double degrees are five. 

If you’re moving out of home to study, the UTS Housing Service offers four residences, all named in local Indigenous language. 

There are scholarships available for this university. They can be found here!

Entry Requirements 

Each design degree has a certain ATAR requirement. These change each year, but currently range between 78.15 for a Bachelor of Design in Product Design and 94.50 for a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles. 

UTS also offers a portfolio scheme for people who aren’t current school leavers. You may first submit an application to UAC by the 30 September for consideration in early offer rounds.

Even if you don’t make it in through UAC, you can submit a portfolio of work for the Design faculty to consider. This must be a digital portfolio with five pages of original work relevant to your course. You must also submit a written application. 

#1. RMIT University 

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Rankings 

RMIT is ranked first in Australia for Art and Design courses according to QS Top University Rankings 2020.

The university’s School of Art is also ranked 11th globally for Art and Design courses according to QS Top University Rankings by Subject 2020. 

RMIT is also ranked as the 15th best university in Australia overall, according to QS Top Universities 2021. 

About 

The RMIT School of Art offers Fine Arts and Photography. The university also offers five different Design degrees!

RMIT offers industry mentorships and collaborative projects to make graduates more employable. 

This university has three Melbourne campuses. Most Art and Design courses are held in the city centre. RMIT also has several international campuses and the School of Art is in partnership with Hong Kong Art School — students from both schools can work together!

RMIT also offers support for students with disabilities through their Equitable Learning Services

There are several scholarships available for this university. Find them here!

Entry Requirements 

A Bachelor of Fine Arts requires a VCE score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL. 

A selection task must be submitted for any art or design degree. These vary according to degree, but always require examples of artistic flare!

Applicants may be asked for a folio, showcasing their best work, if the university feels it needs more information. 


Lucinda Garbutt-Young hopes to one day be writing for a big-shot newspaper… or maybe just for a friendly magazine in the arts sector. Right now, she is enjoying studying a Bachelor of Public Communication (Public Relations and Journalism) at UTS while she writes on the side. She also loves making coffees for people in her job as a barista, and loves nothing more than a sun shower.

 

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