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|Award granted||Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design)|
|Campus||Offered at Melbourne Burwood Campus|
|Length||3 years full time|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Indicative annual fee 2013||$22,890* AUD|
|CRICOS course code||075372G|
IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
|Deakin course code||A355|
|VTAC Codes||1400514483 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place|
|Faculty contacts||Deakin International|
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
New course version commenced 2012.
Deakin’s Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design) enables you to develop practical and theoretical skills in visual communication design. This course offers a dynamic combination of contemporary design theory with specialised studio practices and practical outcomes in a variety of design disciplines. Deakin’s Visual Communication Design program will give you the opportunity to gain digital technology skills and knowledge for professional practice in a specialised industry vocation or a broader role in the fields of culture and the arts. Final year students are introduced to theoretical knowledge important to positioning their own design practices in a global context. The Visual Communication Design program draws upon the expertise of its staff who are active practitioners in their fields, with industry, visiting, special guest and casual academic staff.
Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.
However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as an on-campus unit and can, in addition enrol in online or off-campus units. Best practice is to enrol in mostly on-campus units in each compulsory trimester.
In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study online and off-campus units only. Note that online and off-campus units can make up no more than 25% of a total study load.
The program offers students a range of skills in Visual Communication Design; incorporating knowledge in illustration and composition with an in-depth understanding of new computer technology in Visual Communication Design. Students will apply this knowledge to computer-aided design with a particular emphasis on theories of typography, form and application. The history of Visual Communication Design will be taken in context with contemporary design processes to form an in-depth understanding of the industry from an Australian and global perspective. The program will offer students the opportunity to collaborate with students across arts disciplines to inform interesting dialogues and new art forms. The program draws upon the expertise of its staff, who have an international working background, active practitioners in their fields, and industry, through visiting, special guest and casual academic staff.
With a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design) degree, students will gain a range of skills that can be applied to a career in the exciting and creative fields of advertising, commercial design, web design and packaging. The program will give students opportunities to work with real clients and industry briefs so that they have a ‘working portfolio' at the finish of the degree. This gives Deakin students a competitive edge in the industry, which will allow students to forge successful post-University career opportunities.
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design) a student must complete 24 credit points including:
Note: Students who commenced studies prior to 2011 may need to contact Student Support office for course advice. Melbourne Burwood Campus Tel 03 924 43843 or 03 924 43910 email@example.com
Trimester 1 and 2
|ACG102||Design and Typography|
|ACG104||Evolution of Contemporary Art and Design|
|ACG207||Professional Practice in Design|
|ACG204||Design and Society|
|ACG307||Global Design Strategies|
|ACC316||Collaborative Major Creative Project (2 credit points)|
In choosing electives, students are encouraged to consider taking a major sequence or individual units from the following Creative Arts major sequences listed in:
The following units are also available as elective options in each trimester:
Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3
|ACM337||Creative Arts International Project Or Study Tour|
|ALX321||Creative Industries Internship|
Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units ASC160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Writing for Professional Practice which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.
Because a number of disciplinary studies are cumulative in knowledge, technical competencies and/or study and research skills there are prerequisites which direct students to take some units before others. Students must seek advice from a course adviser before enrolling in units for which they do not have prerequisite or recommended units.
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)
This course has pathways from more than 20 Institutes of TAFE and universities in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Credit transfer and recognition is normally available from TAFE and university diplomas and advanced diplomas in arts, business, management, and humanities disciplines. Students with graded advanced diplomas from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 12 credit points of electives. Students with graded diplomas or equivalent from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 8 credit points of electives. There is also a pathway from Deakin University's Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences to this course with up to 16 credit points depending on units taken.
On completion of this course you may choose to apply for an Honours degree or postgraduate study. These studies normally provide professional qualifications directed to a particular career. Students must have completed a major in the discipline or interdisciplinary area in which they wish to specialise in the honours course. Entry is based on a number of factors, including an average grade of Distinction or High Distinction in the Bachelor of Arts particularly in the discipline in which they want to study Honours and the availability of supervision. Further honours information.
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 (Credit Transfer) Search which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.
Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, workshop exercises and tests.
Continuing Deakin students may apply to study units offered by another Australian tertiary institution and have them credited to their Deakin University degree. Further information is available from Arts Student Support.