Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

Undergraduate degree

Learn the tools, strategies and design thinking methodologies required to be an adaptable, multidisciplinary communication designer. All applicants for the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) need to submit a portfolio to Deakin. See details in the Entry Requirements.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

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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Course structure

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

  • 10 x common core units (totalling 11 credit points)
  • 2 x level 1 Visual Communication units
  • 2 x level 1 Visual Communication course electives (from a pool of 6)
  • 3 x level 2 Visual Communication units
  • 6 x open elective units
  • no more than 12 credit points at level 1
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

18

Core units

6

Electives

24

Total units

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)
Year
2019 course information
VTAC code
1400510513 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
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.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

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

Trimester 2 - July

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

Trimester 3 - November

  • 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).

Additional course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

Participation requirements

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

Work experience

Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

Entry requirements

Entry information

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.  Some courses may have additional entry requirements.

Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, 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 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 applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on one their performance in:

  • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
  • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related 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 (Visual Communication) will be required to complete a portfolio of work presented to a satisfactory standard.

Download our Folio-guide document to learn more about folio submission.

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

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

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

Credit for prior learning

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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

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How to apply

Apply through VTAC

Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

Apply Through VTAC
Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin
Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

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Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


Portfolio Application

When applying for this course, you must submit a portfolio of work in support of your application.

Learn more about portfolio requirements


Entry pathways

Course pathways to obtain Bachelor’s degree include: 1. Through Deakin – start the same course at a difference campus or start a related course then meet the requirements and apply to transfer, or complete and associate degree then apply for your coal course; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe or a private provider (RTOS)  – Complete one-year diploma, then apply for recognition of prior learning and your Deakin course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning

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Disclaimers:
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.

Why choose Deakin

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. 

For more information go to DeakinTALENT

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

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

 


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