The Bachelor of Visual Communication at the University of Newcastle provides a pathway to an exciting career in graphic design.

Bachelor of Visual Communication Design


See a selection of work by students from the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design

Meet our achievers

Former Visual Communication Design student, Andrew Shaw, brushed shoulders with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Cynthia Erivo when he managed the red carpet, behind the scenes and the post-show movements whilst producing the Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre in New York recently.

“The experience was incredible. To be surrounded by the most talented Broadway performers and Hollywood actors... I had to pinch myself,” - Andrew Shaw

Prior to moving to the US, Andrew was part of Newcastle’s theatre community and undertook production work for channels Nine and Seven (including on Home and Away) in addition to Nickelodeon to produce Slimefest.

Visual Communication Design students Andrew White, Renee McIntosh and Zoe Lawrence were among 450 animators to have their respective films selected to feature in the Melbourne International Animation Festival during June 2016.

Renee and Zoe’s shorts were selected to screen in the Australian Panorama, while Andrew’s work was featured in the competitive Student Showcase.

Jane Shadbolt, lecturer in animation at UON, has been instrumental in raising the profile on UON animation, and expressed her delight in the news.

“It’s such a great opportunity for them to have their work screened with animators from around Australia and the globe,” she said.

Collaborative work by Bachelor of Visual Communication Design graduates Genevieve Read, Emily Sneddon, Lauren Moulton and Katarina Gerritsen has led to their 'look book' winning a prestigious international award from the Type Directors Club, based in New York.

Emily Sneddon will travel to New York in June to attend the opening of the travelling exhibition their work will be featured in. The exhibition will show in 14 countries.

“Because it is held in such high regard, it endorses the quality of our work,” - Emily Sneddon

Graduate using The Hungry Workshop printing presses

After completing a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design in 2010 and working in Sydney as a designer/creative printmaker, Adam Flannery now lives in Northern Melbourne working at the design and letterpress-printing studio, The Hungry Workshop.

He is part of a small team that have managed to pull off the innovative task of printing business cards for Vegemite using the company's very own product as ink.

His role as a printmaker involves everything from printing and designing to consulting with clients and emptying the bins.

He said the degree gave him a good foundation in concept-based design and set him up with the tools needed to progress after graduation.

"I think Newcastle graduates, being isolated from the big cities, tend to be pretty focused and hungry, whether that means leaving town and going for great jobs or staying put and working on their own projects" - Adam Flannery

Through her degree, third-year Visual Communication Design student Lauren Jones has completed a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program. Students are offered the placement as an internship, for which they are credited for their time and work.

Lauren spent her time working as a User Experience (UX) Designer and was involved in everything from research and user testing, right through to designing landing pages and forms for mobile responsive web design.

"After studying for 3 years, you begin to wonder how your new found skills are going to translate into the real world... the internship experience with NIB has given me an incredible education in UX design and the importance of understanding the user when creating design solutions. The placement has also allowed me to gain confidence in the rapidly growing digital space." - Lauren Jones

Ellie Mac - AGDA finalist - the truth issueUniversity of Newcastle Visual Communication Design first year students are finalists in the AGDA Student Awards this year! The AGDA Student Awards are open to all Australian and New Zealand visual communication / graphic design students, and represent the best work in design education in Australia, often showcasing fourth year student design projects. For our students at a first year level to be awarded as finalists is a real achievement.

View the work of the selected UON students in the AGDA Student Awards Finalise Gallery here, and see more of the magazines from the project here.

Image: Ellie Macor 'FAULT MAGAZINE: the truth issue'

Ruve Staneke self portraitFirst year Visual Communication Design student, Ruvé Staneke, was named as a finalist in the 2014 Sulman Prize, for her self-portrait, Dreamer (pictured).

Ruvé's self-portrait is a visual display of her deep internal thoughts, promoting the idea of speaking less and meaning more. "Words both create and end life, yet still we seem oblivious to the way our speech affects those around us" Ruvé said in explanation of her piece.

Only 35 finalists are chosen from across the country. Ruvé's work, along with the other finalists, all of which shown at the Art Gallery NSW along with the Archibald and Wynne prizes.

Jacob Cass 2014 Young Alumni Award winnerJacob Cass, 2009 graduate of the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design, won the 2014 University of Newcastle Young Alumni Award.

In 2007, Jacob established 'JUST Creative', a graphic design company and blog that has attracted more than three-billion views.

Jacob specialises in brand identity design and his work has been featured at national exhibitions including at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and the Melbourne Museum. Jacob has worked with Nintendo, Jerry Seinfeld, Disney and VitaminWater and is currently employed as an Interactive Designer at advertising agency Ammirati in New York City.

Jacob has 17 design awards and is widely published in the world's leading design publications, books, magazines and newspapers. He is a force on social media with more than 69,000 Twitter followers and 50,000 blog subscribers.

"I am currently working for top advertising agency, Euro RSCG Australia in Sydney as an art director. My degree was extremely valuable as it helped me realise my potential and provided me with the creative skills to start my career." - Brooke

"After completing this degree program, I now feel like I belong to a select group of people who understand how and why our world works to shape culture, commerce, communication, art and experience." - Tom

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