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Bachelor of Graphic Design - 164JA

Course Code: 164JA
Course Version: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Design and the Built Environment
UAC Code: 363104
CRICOS Code: 071398G
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0


The Bachelor of Graphic Design at the University of Canberra is a highly progressive and contemporary program of study that stresses the creative and innovative analysis, interpretation and visualisation of ideas and information in all media forms. The course is centred around authentic design activities which address relevant problems in contemporary society, and provide understanding of design practice from local and global perspectives. The program adopts an integrated approach, combining history, theory and practice within a highly engaging studio context. Graduates of the course possess the knowledge and expertise to work in a wide variety of contexts and media including print, packaging, video, environmental, web and interface for desktop and mobile platforms. Graduates are equipped to pursue careers in design, advertising, marketing, television, web, and emerging communication fields. The course also provides the expertise and qualifications necessary to progress to various Post Graduate Degrees.


Prospective Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Bruce Current and Commencing Students
Email or Phone 1300 301 727
TAFE-QLD Current and Commencing Students
TAFE Queensland Brisbane: Email: Phone: 13 72 48

Admission Requirements

Normal UC admission requirements to an undergraduate course.

Applicants for TAFE Queensland in Semester 2 2018 should note that admission is only available to students who are articulating with a 1 year Diploma.

Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Graphic Design B GraphicDes

Typical Study Pattern

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Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation


Graduate Employment

Graduates will be equipped to pursue design careers in industry or in design consultancies, to extend their expertise in further studies or to initiate design or design related enterprises. The course is also intended to provide the design expertise and qualifications necessary to progress to various Postgraduate Degrees.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Cultural and critical understanding of graphic design practice, media forms and production techniques in the national and international contexts. - Communication
- Analysis and inquiry
- Professionalism and social responsibility
Ability to work with current and emerging design technologies to produce creative, engaging and accessible graphic media. - Communication
- Problem solving
- Working independently and with others
- Professionalism and social responsibility
Ability to identify, evaluate, and adapt concepts and techniques from a range of sources for a variety of contexts. - Analysis and inquiry
- Problem solving
- Working independently and with others
Ability to work independently and as a productive member of an interdisciplinary team. - Communication
- Problem solving
- Working independently and with others
- Professionalism and social responsibility
Ability to define and communicate a clear rationale for design decisions to both expert and non-expert audiences. - Communication
- Analysis and inquiry

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


High performing students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) course.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

220JA Bachelor of Graphic Design/Bachelor of Communication in Advertising

UCC Pathway

Diploma of Design, 199JA; Diploma of Design (Extended), 346JA.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - TAFE NSW Northern Sydney, St Leonard's-Internal
    • 2014->UC Melbourne - Chadstone Campus-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - TAFE NSW Northern Sydney, St Leonard's-Internal
    • 2015->UC - TAFE Queensland, South Bank-Internal
    • 2015->UC Melbourne - Chadstone Campus-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
    • 2016->UC - TAFE NSW Northern Sydney, St Leonard's-Internal
    • 2016->UC - TAFE Queensland, South Bank-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
    • 2017->UC - TAFE NSW Northern Sydney, St Leonard's-Internal
    • 2017->UC - TAFE Queensland, South Bank-Internal
    • 2017->UC Melbourne - Chadstone Campus-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - TAFE NSW Northern Sydney, St Leonard's-Internal
    • 2018->UC - TAFE Queensland, South Bank-Internal
    • 2018->UC Melbourne - Chadstone Campus-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
    • 2019->UC - TAFE NSW Northern Sydney, St Leonard's-Internal
    • 2019->UC - TAFE Queensland, South Bank-Internal
    • 2019->UC Melbourne - Chadstone Campus-Internal

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