Bachelor of Creative Arts (Graphic Design)

Course summary for current students


2015 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Graphic Design)

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code060436G
Deakin course codeA355

Current course version for students commencing prior to 2012.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Creative Arts (Graphic 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 Graphic 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 Graphic 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.

Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Professional Writing for Work 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.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Graphic Design) a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 12 credit points of core units
  • 12 credit points of electives which may comprise 4-credit-point minor sequences to add a further specialism, or electives from across the Faculty of Arts and Education (or other University courses as approved)
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1

Course structure

Note: Students who commenced studies prior to 2011 may need to contact Student Services office for course advice. Burwood (Melbourne)  Tel 03 924 43843 or 03 924 43910

Core units

Level 1

ACG101 Design Fundamentals (no longer available for enrolment)

ACG103Design Skills

ACG102Design and Typography

Level 2

ACG203Design Form and Function

ACG207Professional Practice in Design

ACG204Design and Society

ACG208Unit description is currently unavailable

Level 3

ACG307Global Design Strategies

ACG305Design Practice

ACC316Collaborative Major Creative Project (2 credit points)(Final year of offer 2015)

Elective units

ACV102Studio Art: Painting and Practice B

AMC100Animation Narratives (formerly ACM132)

ACI102Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1

SIT104Introduction to Web Development

Minor Sequences

Select 4 credit points over 2 levels from the minor sequences listed below:

Note: Students who commenced studies prior to 2011 may need to contact Student Services office for course advice. Burwood (Melbourne) Tel 03 924 43843 or 03 924 43910


AMC100Animation Narratives (formerly ACM132)

AMC1023D WORLD BUILDING (formerly ACM138)

AMC2043D Character Animation (formerly ACM240)


ACI101Still Images

ACI102Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1

ACI203Photographic Practice

ACI204Contemporary Photography

ACI303New Worlds: Intersections of Art and Science

ACI301Shifting Focus: Experimental Photography and Creative Practice

Visual Arts

ACV101Studio Art: Painting and Practice A

ACV102Studio Art: Painting and Practice B

ACV114Art and Technology

ACV203Visual Narrative Studio

ACV205Studio Art: Painting and Practice C

ACV206Studio Art: Painting and Practice D

Other Course Information


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, seminar/class exercises and tests.

Cross-institutional arrangements
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 Services.