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Bachelor of Visual Communication Design

Handbook

Bachelor of Visual Communication Design

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2nd Sep 2015 4:14am

Program Code

11253

AQF Level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 3 years full time.

ATAR (2015)

Cut-off Median
Callaghan Campus66.1575.60

Assumed Knowledge

One or more of Visual Arts or Textiles and Design, and/or Design and Technology, and/or Industrial Technology.

Recommended Studies

One or more of the following: HSC Visual Arts, Textiles and Design, Design and Technology and Industrial Technology

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

Visual communication design is an integral part of our culture. It is an exciting and growing industry where vision and creativity are paramount. Mass media, the Internet, film and television, advertising, publishing, industry or commerce - they all need promotional material delivered to them through the creative skills of the designer.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students .  Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply . You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.

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 Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Assumed Knowledge

One or more of Visual Arts or Textiles and Design, and/or Design and Technology, and/or Industrial Technology.


Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 8 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University.


Professional Recognition

Australian Graphic Design Association

All students are encouraged to become student members of the Australian Graphic Design Association. After graduating, students become full members.

Design Institute of Australia

All students are encouraged to become student members of the Design Institute of Australia. After graduating, students become full members.

Illustrators Institute of Australia

All students are encouraged to become student members of the Illustrators Institute of Australia (IA). After graduating, students become full members.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

240 units

Program Duration

3 years full time or part time equivalent up to 8 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

To complete the program, students must pass courses totalling 240 units from the list of Approved Courses, including the following:

- CORE COURSES - comprising 80 units at 1000 level; 60 units at 2000 level; 60 units at 3000 level; and

- ELECTIVES - 40 units general electives chosen from any available course offered by the University.  

Please note:

- no more than 100 units in total at 1000 level will be counted towards the award.

- at least 60 units courses must be taken at 3000 level.


Transition Arrangements

2014 program revision:

A major revision of the program was undertaken in 2013, and changes to the program were implemented for 2014. Only the 1000 level courses of the 2014 revised program will be made available in 2014.  Continuing students who commenced the program prior to 2014, and who are studying a full time study load and intend to complete the program in 2015 or prior, will remain in the pre-2014 program structure.  These students should refer to the relevant Program Enrolment Checklist reflecting the pre-2014 program structure, which can be downloaded from the top of the program handbook, when planning enrolment for 2014 and 2015. Continuing students who commenced the program in 2013, and who are studying a part time study load and intend to complete the program in 2016 or later, may be eligible to transition to the revised 2014 structure and are encouraged to seek independent enrolment and transition advice from the relevant Program Advisor.  

2013 program revision:

The program underwent a minor revision in 2012, and discontinued course CMNS3480 was removed from the program.  Replacement course, CMNS2500, was added to the directed courses list.  Students who have successfully completed CMNS3480 may not take CMNS2500.  

2012 program revision:

- Students who commenced the program prior to 2011 will be able continue with their degree structure unless they opt to transfer to the new structure. For transferring students, courses undertaken by current students within the old major structures will count towards the new program.  Students currently enrolled in the program will be advised about changes in the end of year forum and may consult the program convenor for individual advice.

- Students who commenced the program prior to 2012, who have successfully completed AART1240, can count it as a directed course.


Program Structure

Core Courses

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

DESN1001Design Contexts 1: What - Definitions, Theories and Practices of Design
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN1002Design Contexts 2: When - Histories of Visual Communication Design
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN1011Design Projects 1: Visual Design Experimentation
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN1021Design Projects 2: Visual Design Thinking
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN1101Design Fundamentals
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN1102Graphic Design in Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN1111Design Imaging 1: Seeing Photo-based and handmade images
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN1112Design Imaging 2: Designing Photo-based handmade images
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN2003Design Contexts 3: How - The Design Process in Theory and Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN2004Design Contexts 4: Why - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Design
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN2031Design Projects 3: Designing for Print and Graphic Environments
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
DESN2041Design Projects 4: Designing for Screen and Movement
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
DESN3005Design Contexts 5: Design Research Methodologies
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN3006Design Contexts 6: Researching the Design Profession
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN3051Design Projects 5A: Design Directions 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN3052Design Projects 5B: Design Directions 2
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN3061Design Projects 6: Design Exploration
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Electives

Complete 40 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

40 units

Honours

The Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.

For more information about the Bachelor of Visual Communicaton Design (Honours) please follow the link below:http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-visual-communication-design-honours/handbook


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Take an exploratory and self-directed approach to ongoing learning across a range of relevant technical domains of knowledge
  • Take an exploratory and self-directed approach to ongoing learning across a range of relevant theoretical domains of knowledge
  • Take an exploratory and self-directed approach to ongoing learning across a range of relevant practical domains of knowledge.
  • Demonstrate a sound and critical understanding of various theories of design and their relationship to design history.
  • Demonstrate a sound and critical understanding of various theories of design and their relationship to design practice.
  • Demonstrate a sound 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 developmentf their research skills.
  • Be exploratory, creative and experimental in the development of their design skills.
  • Be exploratory, creative and experimental in the development of the irvisual literacy.
  • Work independently and / or collaboratively, in professional and ethical manner, in exploring design situations and producing design outcomes
  • Work independently and / or collaboratively, in professional and ethical manner, in exploring design situations and producing scholarly outcomes
  • Work independently and / or collaboratively, in professional and ethical manner, in exploring design situations and contributing to cultures and communities
  • Communicate creatively with diverse audiences across a range of media about and through the design process.
  • Communicate creatively with diverse audiences across a range of media about and through design outcomes.
  • 6. Create relevant 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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