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Bachelor of Creative Arts (Graphic Design)

Course summary for current students

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Course structure

Graphic Design Core units

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

Trimester 1

ACG101 Design Fundamentals  


Trimester 1 and 2

ACG103 Design Skills  


Trimester 2

ACG102 Design and Typography  

ACG104 Evolution of Contemporary Art and Design  


Level 2

Trimester 1

ACG203 Packaging Design  

ACG207 Professional Practice in Design  


Trimester 2

ACG204 Design and Society  

ACG208 Branding Design  


Level 3

Trimester 1

ACG305 Design Practice  

ACG307 Global Design Strategies  


Trimester 2

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project  (2 credit points)



Elective units

ACV102 Studio Art: Painting B  

ACM132 Introduction to Animation  

ACM102 Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1  

SIT104 Introduction 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



ACN108 History of Interactive Entertainment  

ACM132 Introduction to Animation  

ACM138 3D Animation 1: Screen Space, Layout, Landscape  

ACN203 Digital Studio  

ACM240 3D Animation 2: Character and Performance   

ACM308 Delivering Moving Images  



ACM101 Still Images  

ACM102 Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1  

ACM203 Photographic Practice  

ACM204 Contemporary Photography  

ACC308 New Worlds: Intersections of Art and Science  

ACM328 Shifting Focus: Experimental Photography and Creative Practice  

Visual Arts

ACV101 Studio Art: Painting A  

ACV102 Studio Art: Painting B  

ACT104 Art and Technology  

ACV203 Visual Narrative Studio  

ACV205 Studio Art: Painting C  

ACV206 Studio Art: Painting D  

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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.


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