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Bachelor of Designwith a Major in Communication Design

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Course guide

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  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    3 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    23

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

Design

Bachelor of Design

with a Major in Communication Design

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Bring your passion for design to a career in devising effective communications that cut through with our Bachelor of Design with a Major in Communication Design.

This degree prepares you to work in a range of creative industries, including advertising, branding, merchandising, communications and publication design. It is taught by practising designers, who bring a real-world perspective to coursework and group discussion.

You will learn how to communicate effectively using the language of design. Coursework will help you to develop practical skills for designing for the web, print and emerging media. You will be asked to produce work to a brief for real clients and develop a professional portfolio to help you land your dream design job.

What are the entry criteria?

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Submission of a portfolio of your creative work examples that sufficiently demonstrates an understanding of the practical aspects of visual communication design is required. Your work examples might include design work you have previously created for clients or friends and/or artwork you have created as a hobby. The aim is to demonstrate the breadth of your creative skills by including examples of work that show a variety of different skills or design applications.

Please note the technology requirements for this course.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit of up to 16 units.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

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The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites

  • Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score
  • Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL and a study score of at least 20 in either Art, Interactive Digital Media, Media, Product Design and Technology, Studio Arts or Visual Communication.
  • A portfolio of work and a certified Statement of Results will be required.

If you are applying as an international student, please view the English Language Requirements.

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  • Career opportunities
  • What you will learn
  • Design Coordinator

    Produce design solutions for clients and oversee creative projects from start to finish.

  • Marketing and Design Executive

    Develop and execute marketing strategies and create strong graphic design elements.

  • Graphic and Digital Designer

    Produce creative campaigns using graphic design, web and video advertising content.

  • Account Manager

    Work with clients to create a digital brand strategy and manage their projects and campaigns.

  • Web Designer

    Use your creativity and expertise to design websites and produce assets for web pages.

  • Concepts and Narrative

    Explore the fundamentals of design conceptualisation and layout for 2D and 3D projects.

  • Packaging Design

    Take an integrated approach to branding and visual communication, including packaging.

  • Digital Design

    Develop design techniques for engaging in the digital environment.

  • Visual Design

    Explore how language and sign production work with design to communicate a message.

  • Brand and Identity

    Discover how to utilise different elements of identity to define a brand and speak to a target market.

Course Units

  • Typography (DCO10005)
  • Concepts and Narratives (DCO10001)
  • Digital Design (DCO10002)
  • Packaging Design (DCO10003)
  • Photography for Design (DCO10004)
  • Visual Communication Studio (DCO10007)
  • Web Design (DCO20004)
  • Brand and Identity Design (DCO20001)
  • Typography for Print and Interactive Publication (DCO20009)
  • Communication Design Capstone Project (DCO30001)
  • Design for Production (DCO30002)
  • Communication Design Strategy (DCO30017)
  • 20th Century Design (DDD10001)
  • Contemporary Design Issues (DDD20004)
  • Publication Design (DDD30013)
  • Electives
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How online study works

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  • One-to-one contact with dedicated tutors to guide your learning

  • A team of Student Advisors for support, 7 days a week across extended hours

  • You'll graduate with the exact same degree as an on-campus student

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