See detailed program information about the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) at the University of Newcastle.

Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours)

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Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours)

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31st May 2015 6:45am

Program Code

11254

AQF Level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 1 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 1 years full time.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

The Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) degree is a one year full-time (or equivalent part-time) program designed to allow students to further specialise to an advanced level of professionalism and academic achievement. It also provides a pathway to Research Higher Degree studies.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design or equivalent program with a minimum GPA of 5.0 (credit grade average) calculated from:

  • Across the entire degree program; or
  • Across a major in the proposed discipline of study, if that degree program includes such a major; or
  • Across 80 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists); or
  • Where the applicant has completed less than 80 units at 3000 level, a GPA of 5.5 calculated from at least 60 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists).

In exceptional circumstances, the above requirements may be varied with permission of the Head of School and Pro-Vice Chancellor.

No more than two years must have elapsed since completion of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement.  Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Proficiency Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Additional Form - To apply for entry to this Honours program you will need to apply directly to the Faculty of Science and Information Technology. You need to download and complete two forms: - Direct Admissions Application form; and - Faculty of Science and Information Technology Honours Application Form (End-On Honours). Application forms and instructions on how to apply are available at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/study-essentials/forms-and-guides

Credit Transfer

No credit permitted for Honours.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

80 units

Program Duration

1 years full time or part time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) is a one year full-time or equivalent part-time program designed to provide an opportunity for specialist study and practice in visual communication.

Students may specialise in one of three areas: Digital Media Design, Graphic Design, or Illustration. To complete the program, students must pass Core Courses totalling 80 units at 4000 level.


Transition Arrangements

Students who commenced the program prior to 2012, who have not yet completed the requirements of the program, can enrol in new course courses that replace previous core courses.  Continuing students are advised to seek individual enrolment advice from the relevant Program Advisor.


Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

DESN4200Design Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN4210Design Research Planning
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN4220Design Honours 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
DESN4230Design Honours II
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
DESN4240Design Honours III
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Honours

There are three classes of Honours: Class I, Class II and Class III. Class II will have two divisions, namely Division 1 and Division 2. The grading and marking of End On Honours programs is defined in the Bachelor Honours Policy (Policy 000990)


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Take an exploratory and self-directed approach to ongoing learning and be capable of identifying and using relevant technical domains of knowledge in their research and design.
  • Take an exploratory and self-directed approach to ongoing learning and be capable of identifying and using relevant theoretical domains of knowledge in their research and design.
  • Take an exploratory and self-directed approach to ongoing learning and be capable of identifying and using relevant practical domains of knowledge in their research and design.
  • Demonstrate a well developed and critical understanding of various theories of design and their relationship to design history.
  • Demonstrate a well developed and critical understanding of various theories of design and their relationship to design practice.
  • Demonstrate a well developed and critical understanding of various theories of design and their relationship to broader histories and theories of culture and knowledge.
  • Be exploratory, creative and experimental in the rigorous and methodical use and development of their research skills.
  • Be exploratory, creative and experimental in the rigorous and methodical use and development of their design skills.
  • Be exploratory, creative and experimental in the rigorous and methodical use and development of their visual literacy.
  • Work independently and / or collaboratively, in a high level professional and ethical manner, in exploring design situations and producing high quality design outcomes.
  • Work independently and / or collaboratively, in a high level professional and ethical manner, in exploring design situations and producing high quality scholarly outcomes.
  • Work independently and / or collaboratively, in a high level professional and ethical manner, in exploring design situations and contributing to the development of cultures and communities.
  • Communicate creatively and appropriately, with diverse audiences, across a range of media about and through the design process.
  • Communicate creatively and appropriately, with diverse audiences, across a range of media about and through design outcoms.
  • Research and create high quality relevant visual and written content for visual communication design outcomes.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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