There is a long list of undergraduate degrees in computing and information technology available in Australia, which prepare students for various roles in the field. Many graduates find careers in practical areas such as hardware and networking, or deal with the development of systems and programs. Some apply their creativity in areas such as desktop publishing or interactive multimedia. Others enter operations or management roles.
Because there are different career areas, there are also many different specialisations within computing and information technology degrees. The most common degrees in the field include bachelor degrees in information technology, information systems or computing. These are broad degrees that allow students to explore a number of specialisations in areas such as artificial intelligence, database programming, games design, mobile computing, network engineering, software development and telecommunications. Students who have a more specific career in mind may be able to enter a specialised course in their field of interest (a bachelor of software engineering, for example).
Computing and information technology specialisations may also be available within engineering and science degrees. In addition, there are bachelor degrees in business information systems (see Business and management in Australia) and computer systems engineering (see Engineering and technology in Australia).
Double degrees are a popular option, with combinations available in fields such as business and management, engineering and technology, and the sciences. For students who have an interest in computing but aren t sure about completing a full degree in the field, there is also the option to undertake computing and IT electives as part of their program in another discipline.
Graduates of undergraduate degrees in computing and information technology streams may be eligible to complete the Australian Computer Society s Professional Year Program (PYP). See Computing and information technology jobs in Australia for more information.
Applicants must meet academic and English language requirements, which vary between courses, institutions and qualification levels. Some undergraduate courses in accounting require the completion of prerequisite studies in mathematics and science in secondary school. For more information about undergraduate degrees and entry requirements, see Higher Education Undergraduate.
Where to study
Undergraduate degrees in computing and information technology are widely available. They can be studied at most universities, some private colleges and also at some TAFE institutes.
The course you choose will depend on the aspect of computing and IT that interests you the most, whether this is a course with a technical, creative or business focus. Not all specialisations are available at all universities, so check course guides to make sure courses you are considering cover the areas of computing and information technology that you would like to study. You should also consider whether you would prefer a course with a practical or academic focus and choose the course that is best suited to your needs.
Another thing to look for is accreditation from the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Courses that have gained ACS accreditation follow an industry-approved standard curriculum and maintain equipment and facilities to a high industry standard.
It is important to check that the courses and institutions you are considering have the latest computing facilities and equipment. You should also look out for work experience opportunities and industry placements.