Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

COURSE (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)

Overview

The design industry is changing rapidly, as is the profession of Communication Design. Deakin’s Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) addresses this shift through a fresh and exciting course focusing on all facets of communication design. From day one, you are introduced to the professional design world, learning and creating in an array of state-of-the-art facilities with industry leaders. We encourage our students to shape their ideas into practical and attractive propositions for users, customers and society as a whole. All students remain connected to industry throughout the course, with the opportunity to take part in regular exhibitions and showcases including a final year exhibition. As a final year student, you will also take part in a collaborative industry project ensuring you graduate with the knowledge and skills for a successful creative career. 

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Key facts

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

Year

2018 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
Learn more about fees.

VTAC code

1400410511 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510511 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

Deakin code

A345

CRICOS code

095257M

Level

Undergraduate

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication), a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 10 common core units (11 credit points)
  • 2 x level 1 Visual Communication units
  • Select 2 x level 1 Visual Communication core options from a pool of 5
  • 3 x level 2 Visual Communication units
  • 6 elective units
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

18

Core units

6

Electives

24

Total units

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.

Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

Entry for non-school leavers will be based on one their performance in:

  • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
  • a Diploma in any discipline OR
  • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including relevant work or life experience

All Applicants seeking admission to the Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies) will be required to complete a portfolio of work presented to a satisfactory standard.

Download our Frequently Asked Questions document to learn more about folio submission.

To submit your folio please go to www.deakin.edu.au/communication-creative-arts/portfolio-applications

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Career outcomes

Our graduates are open to many career opportunities, including in the areas of advertising, graphic design studios, print houses, publishers, corporate companies who host in-house design services, government and private practices. 

Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the forms, functions, processes, languages and materials of visual communication design. Developing the capacity to meet client requirements in a rapidly changing industry setting.

Communication

Effectively communicate ideas using specific language, concepts and media to transmit ideas in response to design briefs.

Digital literacy

Utilize theoretical knowledge and practical skills with digital technologies to achieve user experience design outcomes.

Critical thinking

Acquire skills in critical thinking and the analytical evaluation of design. Critically engaging a range of strategies to achieve professional industry based outcomes.

Problem solving

Utilize design thinking methods to empathise, analyse, ideate, prototype and test complex and ill-defined problems.

Self-management

Initiate autonomous and self-directed management techniques; demonstrating professional responsibility and accountability to a wide range of design projects.

Teamwork

Lead, deliver and perform within a collaborative professional team to deliver industry standard outcomes.

Global citizenship

Critically engage designs capacity to act as an agent of change in multiple contexts. To identify and develop proposals for personal and corporate social, cultural and ethical responsibilities in a global and domestic context.

Approved by Faculty Board March 2017

 

How to apply

Apply through VTAC

If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.

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Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.

Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

How to apply

Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

Course pathways

Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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Disclaimers:
Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

Credit for Prior Learning

Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Faculty contact information

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Fee information

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

The Australian Government recently announced proposed increases to tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).  It is proposed that CSP fees will increase by 1.8% in 2018 and continue to rise to a total of 7.5% by 2021. The fee rates for 2018 will be available later in the year once the Government has confirmed the 2018 student contribution rates.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Offered campuses

Burwood

Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.


Geelong Waterfront

Geelong Waterfront Campus is located in the central business district of Geelong, about an hour from Melbourne.


Helpful information

Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

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