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Graphic Design

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Progressive Design Education

The Bachelor of Graphic Design at the University of Canberra provides one of the most current and progressive graphic design courses in the country. Throughout the three-year degree, students are tasked with performing activities and assessments, which mirror authentic design processes and address relevant problems in contemporary society. The course provides students with an exciting range of industry specific projects that equip them with an understanding of design practice from a local and global perspective.

You Will Learn

graphic design interfaces

Students master the production tools and practices necessary to create high-level design as well as critical thinking, problem solving and research techniques. The course covers a broad range of graphic design skills and industry-standard software such as InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and web design technologies.

Projects address a wide variety of contexts and media including print, packaging, video, environmental, web and interface for desktop and mobile devices. Students also have the opportunity to pursue specialisations such as web design, motion graphics, photography, advertising, marketing, and filmmaking.

Choose Another Campus

The Bachelor of Graphic Design is also offered at the following locations (2nd year entry only, with 1 year approved credit):

  • TAFE Queensland, Brisbane, Southbank Campus
  • The Northern Sydney Institute, St Leonards Campus

Course Information

Open Majors and/or Minors

The following Majors and/or Minors are open to all UC students:

Your Creativity: Your Degree

Students are able to apply for admission into this degree by way of portfolios and brief interviews with our friendly team of academics.

Why Portfolio Entry?

Because your ATAR score is not always a true reflection of your creative potential. This pathway offers you the opportunity to show off your passion for Graphic Design. School leavers will use this pathway to secure an offer in the Early Round of admissions. Mature Age Students will benefit from not worrying about their ATAR score (or equivalent) and focus on showcasing their personal talent and/or professional achievements in Graphic Design.

What Should I Include in my Graphic Design Portfolio?

The purpose of the portfolio is to help us determine whether you are passionate and knowledgeable in Graphic Design. You should aim to address the following:

Response to the following questions (200 words each)

  1. What are some personal attributes that you feel will assist you to succeed at university?
  2. Where do you see yourself professionally after you complete your undergraduate degree?
  3. Why do you want to attend the University of Canberra and study your selected course?

Portfolio

Your portfolio should demonstrate your visual design and critical/creative thinking skills.  You'll be assessed for originality of your work, quality of your presentation and most importantly potential for learning. You should include two components:

  1. 5 to 10 Examples to demonstrate your skills with brief (300 words) rational. Your example might include - drawings, illustrations, visual art, photography, film or animation, design, multimedia/web work and creative writing examples.
  2. Critical thinking skills: Pick two existing design examples, one good and one bad (in your opinion). And write two-page critique on why you consider "good design" good and "bad design" bad. The examples you choose should be contemporary. Which can be logo/cooperate identity design (e.g. Apple, IBM, Optus etc.), advertisements or similar visual artifacts.

Resume/CV

  • Include an up to date CV detailing your academic and work history.
  • Highlight your performance in relevant subjects at school.  Support your CV with any academic transcripts or certificates you have from other activities that support your intendant studies at University of Canberra.

Interview

All applicants must attend an interview. Interview is an opportunity for you to present your portfolio and impress the assessor with your potential for learning and growing into a professional designer. You should be also prepared to answer questions that might include justifying examples of your work included in the portfolio.

How do I Apply?

For application details and procedures, as well as information on upcoming Portfolio Workshops, please check our Arts and Design Portfolio Entry page. Or email your enquiry to portfolio@canberra.edu.au.

You can also watch the following video presentation with Erin Hinton, Lecturer in Design & Architecture.

Join the UC Graphic Design Club

Check out their website here

Study abroad with our unique faculty led program

Students of Graphic Design participate in a rich and varied program of practical study, including offsite workshops and excursions. The program involves various forms of industry engagement including work placement, industry briefs, and consultancy projects.

graphic design students on a study tour

Students have the opportunity to study overseas for a semester through the University of Canberra Student Exchange Program and receive full credit towards their degree. In addition to exchange, students may travel overseas as part of a study tour.

Career Options

The career possibilities for graduates are diverse, however, commonly students attain a career in the thriving Australian graphic design industry. In the final year of study, representatives from the federal government, local studios and inter-state industry representatives provide students with insight into different career pathways.

Possible roles for graphic design graduates can range from:

  • Advertising account executive
  • Commercial artist
  • Corporate identity manager
  • Information design and printing
  • Interior designer
  • Website designer
  • Multimedia designer
  • Media and packing developer

The expertise, thinking and research skills gained in the Bachelor of Graphic Design at the University of Canberra may be applied in many varied career opportunities and are portable across a range of industries and careers around the world.

Select from our staff below for their biographies, qualifications, publications, grants and awards.

Academic Staff