Visual communication design


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.

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 for graduates include:

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


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 (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.


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.

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
Download our pocket guide of folio inspiration and tips (PDF, 2.8MB)

What I love most is how in-depth the research side of design is and how that really makes you consider why you designed something a certain way.

Dennis Ioannou

Visual Communication Design graduate

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.

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. Shape your future.

Deakin is building the next generation of Designers. Learn more about design at Deakin.

VCE Design Awards

Deakin's Inspired x Design VCE Awards is now accepting applications from VCE students. Enter for the chance to have your design project displayed alongside Deakin University Visual Communication Design graduates.

Find out more about Deakin's Inspired x Design VCE Awards

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.

Browse other disciplines within design

Choose an area that you're interested in and learn how Deakin's extensive range of study options and experiences can help turn your dreams into reality.

Browse other disciplines within media, communication and creative arts

Choose an area that you're interested in and learn how Deakin's extensive range of study options and experiences can help turn your dreams into reality.