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.

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 strong industry connections and expert design team to develop specialised skills and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.


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, masters 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.

Realise your design potential

Harness your creativity to make an impact in an ever-changing world when you study a Bachelor of Design at Deakin. You'll develop critical skills, with the option to major in Communication Design or Interactive and User Experience (UX) Design, and graduate with the practical experience to build a sustained design career doing what you love.

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Career opportunities

You’ll be a well-equipped multidisciplinary designer ready to work in design, IT (information technology), advertising, games and media production with studios and agencies, publishers, not for profit, arts organisations, corporate companies, government, and private practices. Graduates are open to many opportunities, including the following communication design careers:

  • art director
  • animator
  • augmented reality and virtual reality (mixed reality) designer
  • brand designer
  • creative director
  • digital designer
  • game designer
  • graphic designer
  • illustrator and digital artist
  • interactive designer
  • motion graphics designer
  • multimedia developer
  • social media designer
  • systems designer
  • user interface designer
  • user experience designer
  • web designer.
Industry connections

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). Deakin is proud of its exclusive education and research partnership with Dreamscreen Australia.

Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Our Bachelor of Design 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

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.

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Industry-informed design courses

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Design student showcase

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