Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design)

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No

3 years full time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3*)

*Trimester 3 Burwood (Melbourne)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$27,520 AUD
CRICOS course code075372G
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code A355
VTAC Codes1400514483 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Cloud (online) studies

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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Course rules

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:

  • 14 credit points of core units
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1

For students commencing prior to 2015 click here for the 2014 course rules.

Course structure

For students commencing from 2015:

Core units

Level 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

ACG102Design and Typography

ACG103Design Skills

4 Electives

Level 2

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts

ACG203Design Form and Function

ACG204Design and Society

ACG206Web Design and Interactivity

ACG207Professional Practice in Design

ACG208Branding Design

2 Electives

Level 3

ACG304Design and Collaboration (2 credit points)

ACG305Design Practice

ACG307Global Design Strategies

4 Electives

For course map click here

Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 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.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

For year 12/VCE entry: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; and presentation of a portfolio of work to a satisfactory standard.

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at

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)

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Folio Requirement
All applicants must present a portfolio of work to a satisfactory standard. For further information see Visual Communication Design folio entry details.

Application Procedure 

racking 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. 

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

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 exercises and tests.