School of Design

Credit for prior study

Students entering a course may be eligible for credit if they have undertaken previous study at UWA or another tertiary institution in Australia or overseas.

This is in accordance with University Policy on: Credit transfer, advanced standing and recognition of prior learning.

Credit assessments are usually done on an individual basis but this policy covers some common areas.

Students should note that applying for credit is a completely separate process from applying for admission to a course.

Credit is only assessed at the point of enrolment, after a student has been offered a place in a course.

Reporting and recording of credit

We will report all credit allocations to the Registrar through Student Administration for formal recording on a student's academic record. Students will then receive advice of the credit that has been added to their enrolment in the mail and the credit will also appear as part of their enrolment when viewed on the web or on a formal academic transcript.

It is a student's responsibility to request credit be added to their enrolment, and to provide the original (or certified copies of) documentary evidence where relevant. This usually involves producing a formal academic transcript showing final results for units taken at another institution (web printouts, emails and notification of results slips are not acceptable). Where transcripts are in a language other than English, students must also produce an authorised translation.

Students requesting credit for units taken at UWA need not produce documentation as their full record is available on the Student Information Management System, however they must request that credit from the previous course be granted by completing the Advanced Standing form available from Student Administration.

Students being granted credit towards a UWA degree will have the appropriate points counted towards their qualification and will not be required to take any other units to cover these points. In addition, the credit may count as a prerequisite for certain units. For example; a student who is credited with a first year History and Theory unit taken at another university will be eligible to enrol in a second year History and Theory unit.

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Non-creditable study

We do not grant credit for studies undertaken at secondary school level.

The School does not grant credit for units of study that have been failed, have not yet been completed or have been undertaken on a non-assessable basis (for example, as an audit student who attends classes but does not complete assessment).

Professional work experience is rarely grounds for credit in place of units. In the case of postgraduate courses, such credit is not possible under any circumstances. 

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Credit from previous UWA study

Students transferring into one of the School's courses from another incomplete undergraduate course at UWA may be credited with units completed in the previous course but will not be permitted to take out the new award unless they have enrolled in and completed at least one unit in the new course. Broadly speaking, all units taken as part of the previous course that could have been taken as part of the new course will be credited to the new course.

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Study completed through Continuing Education

Students who have undertaken units on a not-for-degree (Continuing Education) basis through UWA Extension will have received marks for their units and can apply to have them credited towards any degree, certificate or diploma course they later enrol in at UWA. Students should note that credit from UWA Extension can only be granted up to a maximum of one-quarter of the total points value of the course they are enrolling in.

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Credit from study at other Australian universities and post-secondary institutions

Study completed in an award course

Students who have previously undertaken study as part of an incomplete or completed award from another Australian university or post-secondary institution may be eligible for some credit towards their course at UWA. Broadly speaking, units taken in areas comparable to those available in the UWA course can be credited.

Previous study at first year level will normally be credited at Level 1 in the UWA course, and previous study at higher levels will normally be credited at Level 2 (or in some cases Level 3) in the UWA course. The School will also make every attempt to weight credit appropriately. For example, if a unit taken at another institution was worth 25 per cent of a full semester load at that institution, it will be credited as six points (25 per cent of a full 24-point semester load) at UWA. If the appropriate credit weighting does not translate into six points or a multiple of six points, it will be rounded down to the nearest six-point multiple.

Please note the maximum credit allocations described below.

Study completed as a non-award student

Students who have previously undertaken study as a not-for-degree student at another Australian university (for example, through a continuing education or access program) will be eligible to apply for credit as long as they completed all assessment and received an official grade for the unit. The same types and levels of units as those completed in an award course at another institution are creditable (see above). Students will not be eligible for credit for any units undertaken on an audit basis.

In very rare circumstances students may be eligible for credit for study taken at an accredited non-university institution on a non-award basis. Such study must be credentialed (assessed and with evidence of results). Study in this category will be considered for credit on a case-by-case basis.

Cross-institutional enrolment

Students currently enrolled in an award course at UWA may be eligible to enrol on a cross-institutional basis as a not-for-degree student at another Australian university and be granted credit towards their UWA course. This must be arranged with the prior approval of UWA and the credit clarified before enrolment to ensure students select units that can be credited towards their UWA course. The same types and levels of units as those completed in an award course at another institution are creditable (see above).

Students must enrol in the relevant unit(s) at the host institution as well as in an external special unit at UWA. Students incur a HECS-HELP load and liability at the host institution and the external special unit at UWA does not have any load attached. It is the student's responsibility to advise the School if they withdraw from or change their enrolment at the host institution. If students take units without prior approval from the School there is no guarantee the units can later be credited to their course at UWA.

It is the student's responsibility to obtain a formal academic transcript from the host institution after completion of the unit(s) and to submit this to the Student Office so the credit can be formally recorded on their UWA academic record. The unit(s) taken at the other institution, along with the actual result(s) received, are recorded as a formal comment on the student's record. The external special unit has a result of UP (Ungraded Pass) or UF (Ungraded Fail) recorded, along with the appropriate points value. The external special unit(s) will normally indicate what level the study will be credited as.

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Credit from study undertaken overseas

Study completed in an award course

Students who have previously undertaken study as part of an incomplete or completed award from an overseas institution may be eligible for some credit towards their course at UWA.

Credit will only be possible for study taken on a credentialed (assessed and with evidence of results) basis at an institution considered by the School to be comparable in standing to an Australian university. Verification by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition that a completed qualification is equivalent to a specific Australian award will assist the School in making this judgement.

Broadly speaking, units taken in areas comparable to those available in the UWA course can be credited.

Previous study at first year level will normally be credited at Level 1 in the UWA course, and previous study at higher levels will normally be credited at Level 2 (or in some cases Level 3) in the UWA course. We will also make every attempt to weight credit appropriately. For example, if a unit taken at another institution was worth 25 per cent of a full semester load at that institution, it will be credited as six points (25 per cent of a full 24-point semester load) at UWA. If the appropriate credit weighting does not translate into six points or a multiple of six points, it will be rounded down to the nearest six-point multiple.


Exchange

Students currently enrolled in an award course at UWA may be eligible to enrol as a not-for-degree student at an overseas institution through participation in a recognised University exchange scheme. Students will be eligible to claim credit for units taken at the overseas institution, and their proposed choice of units will be approved prior to departure. The same types and level of units as those completed in an award course at another institution are creditable (see above), although the School does try to be as flexible as possible in approving units taken on exchange for credit.

Students studying on exchange will normally be full-time and must enrol in the relevant units at the host institution as well as in an external special unit at UWA. Students incur a HECS-HELP load and liability at UWA and normally do not pay tuition fees at the host institution. It is the student's responsibility to advise the School if they withdraw from or change their enrolment at the host institution. If students take units without prior approval from the School there is no guarantee the units can later be credited to their course at UWA.

The units taken at the other institution, along with the actual results received, are recorded as a formal comment on the student's record. The external special unit has a result of UP (Ungraded Pass) or UF (Ungraded Fail) recorded, along with the appropriate points value. The external special unit(s) will normally indicate what subject area(s) the credit falls within.

The duration of exchange programs is usually one or two semesters.

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Other study

Students may be eligible for credit for study taken at an overseas university or other accredited institution on a non-award basis. Such study must be credentialed (assessed and with evidence of results). Study in this category will be considered for credit on a case-by-case basis.

Students should have their choice of units approved before departing. Students should also note that they may be eligible for financial assistance from the Study Abroad Office in the same manner as students undertaking formal exchange programs.

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Credit towards postgraduate courses

Credit towards postgraduate courses can only be granted on the basis of previous postgraduate study, or undergraduate study completed at Level 4 or above (i.e. fourth year and above).

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Maximum credit allocations

There are a number of restrictions on credit, as detailed in the University Policy on: Credit transfer, advanced standing and recognition of prior learning

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Other limitations on credit

Students should note that apart from maximum credit allocations and time limits there may be other limitations on credit allocations arising from the rules for the course they are enrolling in. Students can only be granted credit that conforms to the rules for their course. The rules for all courses offered by the School can be found in the handbooks.

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Relinquishing credit

In some cases students who have been granted credit in a course can choose to relinquish the credit if they wish to take alternative units towards the course instead. Students should contact the Student Office to arrange for the credit to be deleted from their record.

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