Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication Design

Course summary for international students

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication Design
Cloud (online)Yes
Next available intakeMarch (Trimester 1)
Indicative annual fee 2015$24,300* AUD
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code A638
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication Design is a 2-year part time or equivalent course that provides practical and theoretical skills in Visual Communication Design. This is achieved through a combination of contemporary design theory, professional design skills and focus on the social, cultural and ethical implications of professional design practices in an electronically proficient society.

Fees and charges

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.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication Design you will be able to communicate and produce industry and audience-relevant solutions to communication problems and opportunities which require visual design in the strategy mix. In addition, the course will develop graduates with sound theoretical grounding in cultural, business and professional skills to enable them to be effective practitioners.

Graduates are likely to find work in areas such as advertising and marketing communication, communication strategy, corporate branding, design consultancies or creative boutiques. Graduates may be employed, work on a freelance basis or be self-employed. With a focus on both Communication Design knowledge and technical skills graduates are better prepared for the rapidly evolving, ever changing communication industry.

Course rules

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication Design, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of compulsory core units.

Course structure

Students must complete the following 8 credit points of study:

Year 1

Trimester 1 

ACG703Design and Digital Skills

ACM702Unit description is currently unavailable

Trimester 2

ACG702Digital Publishing

ACG706Designing for Web Environments

Year 2

Trimester 1

ACG709Strategic Branding and Design (commencing 2016)

ALR733Advertising Theory and Practice

Trimester 2

ACG708Design Thinking and Problem Solving (commencing 2016)

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

 

Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication Design applicants require:

  • a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
  • qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

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

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin. 


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

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.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Communication (A539)
 

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