After just over two years in operation, Swinburne Online is expanding its course offerings by launching the new Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) to commence in 2014.
Graduates of the new three year degree will be able to pursue careers in advertising, design consultancies, publishing, merchandising, packaging design, communication strategy and many other niche areas.
Design Program Director, Nicki Wragg says the advantage of Communication Design is it crosses a range of media formats providing students with an opportunity to develop design solutions and strategies that are broad and diverse.
“Students will have the ability to shape their work through the Communication Design degree. Projects can range from brand identity design, publication design and packaging all the way to website design.
“The benefit of the new degree is its flexibility. Students will be able to direct design solutions to hone in on an area of design they are most interested in. As with all education, the more students contribute and participate, the more they will benefit and grow as a designer,” says Ms Wragg.
In early 2013, an online design studio unit was piloted for on-campus Communication Design students. Ms Wragg says the success of the trial has prompted the delivery of the full degree online.
“Student feedback has been positive and some on-campus students expressed the online unit offered the flexibility to pick up an additional unit over and above what they were currently studying.
“We also found on-campus students to be actively involved in online demonstrations, discussions and collaboration with staff and students. They were able to create a studio space online to share ideas, gain inspiration and creative insight into their own work from other students.
“The great thing about working in an online space is that students can be there 24/7 and be involved collaboratively with their peers. Collaboration and practice is how designers learn progress their work, by learning from fellow designers,” says Ms Wragg.
With the addition of Design, Swinburne Online will now offer 17 different degrees also in Business, Education, Communication and Social Science. These courses are increasing in popularity amongst working adults as online delivery allows students to work and study concurrently.
Online students also have the benefit of receiving a great deal of support from the range of services offered by the Swinburne Online community.
“Swinburne Online prides itself on its spirit of collaboration and social constructivism in the online space, which is an ideal environment for designers,” says Ms Wragg.
“Our hope is to utilise this space so students can literally be in each other’s studios where they can collaborate and work together, mesh ideas and experience to push the boundaries of design.”