Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design) - ARB203
|Location:||UC - Canberra, Bruce|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Arts and Design|
|Discipline(s):||School of Design and the Built Environment|
|English Language Requirements:||Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0|
Visualise a career in design
Study a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design) and set yourself on the path to a successful design career. You’ll explore how, as humans, we communicate and organise information in visually accessible ways, and develop a well-rounded understanding of the theory and practice of communication design. The course investigates both a traditional print-based design perspective and one which covers web-based applications and new technologies.
The degree has a strong focus on visual communication in the global marketplace and how to design for both business and consumer audiences across different cultural contexts. You’ll graduate with a thorough knowledge of typography, logotype design, layout, publication design, environmental graphics, packaging and digital design.
Study a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design) at UC and you will:
- employ innovative use of different visual and emerging media types across print, screen and packaging
- develop effective design solutions for specific audiences
- gain fluency in the visual vocabulary and technical skills relevant to visual communication design
- acquire image-making expertise and the ability to develop visual design artefacts using a range of analogue and digital media.
Work Integrated Learning
Take advantage of opportunities for direct industry engagement at every level of your study, including internships with private companies, government departments, advertising and design agencies, and more. You’ll learn about design from real-world industry practitioners and will undertake live industry briefs with the opportunity to progress your designs into production. You’ll work collaboratively with fellow Bachelor of Design students to create products with the potential to sell them on campus and throughout Canberra.
By the time you graduate you’ll have amassed an impressive portfolio of genuine design projects, and will have opportunities to present it to, and have it reviewed by, industry professionals. Previous associations UC students have connected with include BMW, Canberra Design Festival, National Museum of Australia, FASHFEST, Australian Tax Office, Zoo Group, Cre8ive, Oxide Interactive, Red Corner Boxing and ThinkPlace.
- Graphic designer
- Multimedia designer
- Art director
- Creative director
- Digital designer
- Package designer
- Design strategist
- Interactive designer
- Design researcher
- Visual designer
Signature overseas short-term study options have been tailored specifically to this course so that high-achieving students have an opportunity to work with leading designers and students at prestigious overseas institutions. Students can choose to use their breadth units for their overseas Study Abroad experience.
High-achieving students also have the option to take units in the Master of Design Strategies in their final year of study.
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: http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/applications/apply-now/alternative-entry
Periods Course is Open to New Admissions
|2020||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
Information on admission closing dates can be found here.
Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.
|Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)||BDes (VisCommDes)|
Unit Delivery Modes
The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:
|Flexible:||The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.|
|Intensive:||The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.|
|On Campus:||The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.|
|Online:||The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.|
To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit
Information for Fee Paying Students
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 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.
Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.
- 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2019->UCI - SVKM's Institute of International Studies, Mumbai-Internal
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