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

Bachelor of Visual Communication Design

Handbook

Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Program Code

11253

Graduate Level

Undergraduate

UAC Code

  • 484650 - Newcastle (Callaghan)

CRICOS Code

Admission Instructions

Mode of delivery

Face to face on campus.

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The Bachelor of Visual Communication Design degree program (Program Code 11253) is a Level 7 AQF compliant undergraduate coursework program.

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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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/learning/enrolment-and-course-information/apply-for-a-degree for information on how to gain entry.

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/future-students/high-school-students/getting-in to see if you may be eligible.


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


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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. 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 your new program, please go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/learning/enrolment-and-course-information/credit-transfer-and-cross-institutional-enrolment/ and click on how to apply for credit.


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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


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Industry experience is available to students as an elective for all majors. Client-based projects are embedded in a prescribed course in the final year.


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All students are encouraged to become student members of the Australian Graphic Design Association, Design Institute of Australia and/or the Illustrators Institute of Australia whilst studying. After graduating, students become full members.


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International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. 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 to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before commencing their studies or early in their first trimester. 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 & consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/support/disability-support for more information.


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All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/learning/study-skills

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. http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/support/indigenous-student-support


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Please see Further Information above for your Program Enrolment Checklist, "Are you on track?" form.

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.

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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:

Current students who commenced the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design:

  • pre-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.
  • pre-2012 and have successfully completed AART1240 can count it as a directed course.

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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
DESN1001Design Contexts 1: What – Definitions, Theories and Practices of Design

Not to count with DESN1471.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1002Design Contexts 2: When - Histories of Visual Communication Design

Not to count with DESN1470.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1011Design Projects 1: Visual Design Experimentation

Not to count with DESN1100.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1021Design Projects 2: Visual Design Thinking

Not to count with DESN1150.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1101Design Fundamentals

Not to count with DESN2100.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1102Graphic Design in Practice

Not to count with DESN1300.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1111Design Imaging 1: Seeing Photo-based and handmade images

Not to count with DESN1311.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1112Design Imaging 2: Designing Photo-based handmade images

Not to count with DESN1200.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN2003Design Contexts 3: How - The Design Process in Theory and Practice

Not to count with DESN2030.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN2004Design Contexts 4: Why - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Design

Not to count with DESN3000.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN2031Design Projects 3: Designing for Print and Graphic Environments

Not to count with DESN2170 or DESN2260.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
DESN2041Design Projects 4: Designing for Screen and Movement

Not to count with DESN2180 or DESN2320.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
DESN3005Design Contexts 5: Design Research MethodologiesNot currently offered10 units
DESN3006Design Contexts 6: Researching the Design Profession

Not to count with DESN3300.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN3051Design Projects 5A: Design Directions 1Not currently offered10 units
DESN3052Design Projects 5B: Design Directions 2Not currently offered10 units
DESN3061Design Projects 6: Design Exploration

Not to count with DESN3190A or DESN3190B.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units