Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

Much of the visual communication design program has become the core for the Bachelor of Design program.

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Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

3 years full time

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 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 electiveGeneral-Completion-Rules units
  • 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

2018 course information

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.

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)

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

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.

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and presentation of a portfolio of work to a satisfactory standard. 

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/apply

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.

 

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)

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.

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

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

 

Application information

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.

Entry 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

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.

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