Visual communication design

Discipline

Learn the tools, strategies and design-thinking methodologies needed to be an adaptable, multidisciplinary communication designer. Shape your ideas into practical and attractive propositions for users, customers and society as a whole.

Get work-ready

With a visual communication design course at Deakin, you can evolve your technical skills and design-thinking capacity to respond to modern design briefs. You'll benefit from Deakin's world-class facilities and teaching team to develop specialised skills in your chosen area, and be prepared to enter the world of work in this competitive industry.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Career opportunities

Visual communication graduates are open to many career opportunities, including in the areas of advertising, design studios, publishers, government and private practices. Some career opportunities include:

  • communication designer
  • digital designer
  • graphic artist
  • graphic designer
  • illustrator
  • in-house designer
  • UX designer.

Showcase your creativity with a folio application

Our Bachelor of Design courses require you to submit a folio of work alongside your application.

Learn more about submitting your portfolio application

Industry connections

Deakin University is an active member of both the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and the International Council of Design (Ico-D). Deakin is also a supporter of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).

Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Our visual communication course is formally recognised by the DIA, so you can be assured it meets the appropriate industry standards. It also means you can obtain membership of the DIA, giving you access to some of the biggest design events and experts in the nation.

Gain real-life experience

From day one, you're introduced to the professional design world, learning and creating in an array of state-of-the-art facilities. In your final year, you'll complete a collaborative project and use your skills to respond to a real-world brief and creatively problem-solve.

My whole Deakin experience – from the teaching staff, industry connections and relationships I formed – helped me carve and shape my career into what it is today.

Caleb Lun

Design graduate

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uniteD x design

Final-year design students collaborate on a dynamic, cross-discipline industry project, working with not-for-profit clients. Working to a real brief, students assist with brand development or creative campaigns and exhibit their work in a final graduate exhibition.

Explore work from our design student showcase

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