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Bachelor of Designwith a Major in Communication Design

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Course guide

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  • Duration

    3 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units


  • Start Date

    Mar, Jun, Nov

  • Estimated Fees


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 professional portfolio that sufficiently demonstrates an understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of visual communication design is required. 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.

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 Visial Communication.
  • A portfolio of work and a certified statement of results will be required.

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

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Overview of the course


Bachelor of Design

with a Major in Communication Design


Turn your passion into a fulfilling career with a Bachelor of Design With a Major in Communication Design from Swinburne. Taught by practicing designers, this degree prepares you to work in a range of creative industries, such as advertising, branding, merchandising, communications and publication design.

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

  • Career opportunities
  • Learning outcomes
  • 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.

Why study with Swinburne Online?

  • Internationally recognised qualification

  • Ranked among the top 2% worldwide

  • Learn from industry professionals

  • Graduate with an industry standard qualification


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