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Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design) - ARB203

Course Code: ARB203
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
UCI - SVKM's Institute of International Studies, Mumbai
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Design and the Built Environment
UAC Code: 362109
CRICOS Code: 095570B
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0


Visual Communication Design explores how we communicate and organise information in visually accessible ways. This course provides a well-rounded understanding of communication design in both the traditional sense; through an understanding of typography, layout, packaging, environmental graphics, publication, logo-type and publication design; as well as through the application of communication design in web-based applications and new technologies. Work integrated learning is embedded in this course, providing students with opportunities for direct industry engagement at every level of their study. The course has a strong focus on design in the global marketplace and students become well versed in understanding how to design for different cultural contexts. Along with a solid understanding of the theory and practice of communication design, students will learn key applications and techniques, giving them the skills needed for a multitude of roles within the visual communication industry.


Prospective Domestic Students:
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students:
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students:
Email or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

Assumed Knowledge


Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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If your course contains an open elective component of 12 credit points or more you may like to complete a breadth major or minor. For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

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 Design (Visual Communication Design) BDes (VisCommDes)

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

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
2020 CSP $31,400

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.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Demonstrate fluency in the visual vocabulary and technical skills relevant to visual communication design through display of image-making expertise and the development of visual design artefacts using a range of analogue and digital media. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; and
1.6 UC graduates are professional: take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
Apply innovative use of different visual and emerging media types across print, screen and packaging in developing effective design solutions for specific audiences. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
2.1 UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; and
2.5 UC graduates are global citizens: make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

Course Duration

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


  • Past Offerings
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UCI - SVKM's Institute of International Studies, Mumbai-Internal

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