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Bachelor of Designwith a Major in Communication Design

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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

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.

With great graphic design comes great responsibility. Now more than ever, visual messaging is a huge part of how brands communicate to their customers. The success of a campaign or a product can live or die on its visual presentation.

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’ll learn from one of the top 50 Art and Design courses in the world.

Our communication design course will develop your design thinking and practice in order to prepare you to thrive in today’s fast-paced digital environment. Learn core specialisations such as typography, image-making, brand and identity, 3D form packaging, information design, web design and publication design. Then combine them with strategy, concept development and design to create razor-sharp ideas that cut through the competition.

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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.
  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent
  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 20 in one of Art, Product Design and Technology, Media, Interactive Digital Media C, Creative and Digital Media (VCE VET) I, Studio Arts or Visual Communication Design or equivalent.
  • 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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I enjoy the flexibility and the quality of course content and support.

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Career & Learning

Career opportunities

  • 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.

What you will learn

  • 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.

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Course Units

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Design, students must complete 300 credit points comprising of:
8 Core Units of Study (100 credit points)
7 units of study from Communication Design (100 credit points)
8 units of study (100 credit points) comprising of electives, of which 4 are recommended.

Recommended electives are only available to Design students.

Core units

Concepts and Narratives (DCO10001)
Digital Design (DCO10002)
Photography for Design (DCO10004)
Typography (DCO10005)
20th Century Design (DDD10001)
Brand and Identity Design (DCO20001)
Web Design (DCO20004)
Contemporary Design Issues (DDD20004)

Major units

Packaging Design (DCO10003)
Visual Communication Studio (DCO10007)
Typography for Print and Interactive Publication (DCO20009)
Design for Production (DCO30002)
Publication Design (DDD30013)
Communication Design Capstone Project (DDD30047)
Communication Design Strategy (DDD30048)

Recommended Electives

Experimental Image-Making Processes (ART20002)
Interaction Design for Web (DDD20015)
Experience Design and Usability for the Web (DDD20016)
Compositing for visual effects (DDD30011)
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