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|Award granted||Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)|
|Length||3 years full time|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$24,480* AUD|
|CRICOS course code||075372G|
IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
|VTAC Codes||1400514483 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place|
|Deakin course code||A355|
|Faculty contacts||Deakin International|
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Deakin University, Visual Communication Design program believes that design is what links creativity and innovation. Deakin aims to instil in students a belief that design can be an agent for change by encouraging them to shape their ideas into practical and attractive propositions for users, customers and society as a whole. Students are taught how to make ideas tangible and their abstract thoughts and inspirations realised in a professional and/or sociological context. Deakin's broad based definition of design respects the disciplinary overlaps of a changing profession, which now requires and more a holistic approach to problem solving via design thinking methodologies.
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. It draws upon the expertise of its staff who are active practitioners in their fields, as well as visiting, special guest and casual academic staff. The Visual Communication Design program offers the opportunity to attend an international study tour and complete an internship as part of your course.
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 a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.
In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.
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. The program will offer students the opportunity to collaborate with students across arts disciplines to inform interesting dialogues and new art forms. This gives Deakin students a competitive edge in the industry, which will allow students to forge successful post-University career opportunities.
For students commencing from 2015:
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design) a student must complete 24 credit points including:
For students commencing from 2015;
|ACG103||Design Skills [ACG103 also offered in Trimester 3]|
|ACC100||Creative Communications Practice|
|ACG102||Design and Typography|
|ACC101||Creativity, Imagination and Dangerous Ideas|
|ACG203||Design Form and Function|
|ACG207||Professional Practice in Design|
|ACC200||Freelancing in the Arts|
|ACG204||Design and Society|
|ACG206||Web Design and Interactivity|
ACG206 will be offered for the first time in 2016.
|ACG307||Global Design Strategies|
|ACG304||Design and Collaboration (2 credit points)|
ACG304 will be offered for the first time in 2016.
Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units ASC160 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.
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 in design from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 12 credit points of electives. Students with graded diplomas in design 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 System 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, seminar 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 Services.