Visual communication design

Learn to shape abstract ideas into tangible outcomes for users, customers and broader society. With a focus on real-world experience and ongoing connection to industry, you’ll develop the practical skills to establish a successful design career.

Worldwide education: take part in overseas study and work placement

Industry experience: graduate with a working portfolio through placements

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design) degree, you’ll gain a range of skills that can be applied to various creative fields, including:

  • advertising
  • commercial design
  • digital/book illustration
  • motion graphics
  • packaging
  • print-based media and magazine work
  • television title sequencing
  • web design


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Folio information

Some of our courses require the submission of a folio of work:

  • Bachelor of Design (3D Animation)
  • Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies)
  • Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

Download our brochure with a step-by-step guide and application information.

New design courses launching in 2018

In response to the rapidly changing creative industries, a suite of future-focused design courses is launching in 2018. The new Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication), Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies) and Bachelor of Design (3D Animation) will be technologically driven and adaptable to industry trends.
Learn more about the new suite of design courses

I've learned more than I could have ever imagined and looking back at it all now has given me the knowledge and skills for the professional workplace.

Damian Hurst

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design)

Complete your studies overseas

Go on an international study tour and complete an internship as part of your course. Overseas study will give your work a unique and inspired creative edge.

Recent Deakin research

Visual communication design as a form of public pedagogy

Meghan Kelly uses the example of museums as an informal place of public learning, and argues design, and in particular visual communication design strategies, are extremely important in the creation of successful learning.

Research with us

If you’ve got a big idea and you’d like to hone it, complete a higher degree by research with us and give yourself the employment edge.

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What do our students and staff say?

Visual communication design at Deakin

Dr Meghan Kelly, Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication Design, discusses Deakin University's unique visual communication design course.

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