The University of Newcastle, Australia
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Fees

AUD34,425 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40208
CRICOS code: 0100759

Study visual communication design

As advances in communication technology redefine our needs, the demand for visionaries and skilled designers is likewise projected to grow and expand.

Designers develop creative, innovative and persuasive strategies to communicate ideas, information and visual stimuli to a wide range of audiences. In this degree you’ll learn to create visual material across a variety of visual formats and channels including broadcast, web, film, television, advertising, publishing, and industry. Study a Visual Communication Design degree at the University of Newcastle and develop a breadth of multi-platform skills enabling you to use visual design to shape the world.

Why study with us?

  • Our visual communication design graduates get jobs with 86% securing employment within four months of graduating.
  • Gain professional experience through integrated placements and various opportunities to showcase your design skills, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.
  • Graduate with an impressive professional portfolio of your work showcasing a wide range of design techniques to potential employers.
  • Strong industry connections: engage with international designers and educators renowned for graphic design, advertising, animation, illustration and web design. Perfect your skills on-campus in our state-of-the-art creative facilities.
  • TOP 300: in the world for Communication (Global Ranking of Academic Subjects: Shanghai Rankings 2018).
  • Creative collaboration: from 2020 get more out of your degree with the opportunity to combine two majors from within the School of Creative Industries & graduate at the forefront of the creative industries with in-demand creative skills across multiple core disciplines.
86% Employed ? within four months of graduation
#1 in Australia ? for skills satisfaction
#1 in NSW ? for teaching practices - Creative Arts

New Creative Majors

Coming in 2020

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What you will study

As advances in communication technology redefine our needs, the demand for visionaries and skilled designers is likewise projected to grow and expand.

Designers develop creative, innovative and persuasive strategies to communicate ideas, information and visual stimuli to a wide range of audiences. In this degree you’ll learn to create visual material across a variety of visual formats and channels including: mass media, web, film and television, advertising, publishing, and industry. Study a Visual Communication Design degree at the University of Newcastle and develop a breadth of multi-platform skills enabling you to use visual design to shape the world.

The Bachelor of Visual Communication Design degree allows you to specialise in one of four majors. Depending on your chosen major, examples of what you will study include:

  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Transmedia
  • Multi-media
  • Motion Graphics
  • User Experience Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Game Art and Design Typography

Advanced study options

If you want to get an employment edge and open yourself up to higher salaries and positions in the design industry, you could consider an additional year of study and complete your Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) degree. Students use the program as a spring board to secure innovative and exciting design roles.

The Honours program will help refine your practical research skills. Over the year you will complete a research project focusing on a specific topic or problem in visual communication design. You will have the opportunity to develop your creative and analytical skills, to think critically, creatively, imaginatively and tenaciously. You will also graduate with in-depth knowledge of the profession and industry climate, a professional portfolio, project management and leadership/art direction and design production expertise in print and digital media.

The benefits of completing your Honours degree include:

  • you will develop high level analytical and research skills, along with expertise in your research area
  • you will set yourself apart in the highly competitive, global job market
  • we have extensive facilities and generous scholarships are offered to Honours students
  • you will make a significant and original contribution to your chosen field
  • you set the foundation for further postgraduate research such as a Research Higher Degree or Masters by coursework.

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Career opportunities

Visual communication design is a dynamic, growing industry where vision and creativity are paramount. Our students benefit from intensive practical experience, impressive work portfolios and professional recognition from highly respected industry associations. In fact, graduates of the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at UON enjoy a strong reputation of being work-ready, with 86% employed within the first four months.

Depending on your chosen major, see below for a list of typical jobs after graduating from this degree.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for Visual Communication Design graduates.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Art Director
  • Brand and Identity Specialist
  • Concept Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Data Designer
  • Design Production Manager
  • Environmental, Wayfinding and Navigation Specialist
  • Games UX Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Information Architect
  • Interaction Designer
  • Interaction Design, User Experience or Game Art & Design
  • Modeler
  • Packaging Designer
  • Pre-press Operator
  • Publication Designer
  • Type Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • User Interface Designer
  • Usability Specialist
  • Visual Designer
  • Web Designer
  • 3D Visualiser

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained during the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Advertising Illustrator
  • Children's Book and Publishing Illustrator
  • Comic & Graphic Novel Artist
  • Commercial Illustrator
  • Concept Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Editorial Illustrator
  • Illustrator
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Paper Engineer
  • Production Designer
  • Reportage Artist/Illustrator
  • Sketch Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • 2D Animator
  • 3D Animator

Practical experience

Practical experience

Gain hands-on experience across a wide range of graphic design techniques allowing you to graduate with an impressive work portfolio. Benefit from full access to cutting-edge facilities, advanced design equipment and industry standard software. Teaching is delivered through a range of interactive methods including workshops, tutorials and special lectures delivered by industry speakers.

In your final year, you will choose from an industry placement or an on-campus project to produce a portfolio for professional recognition. Throughout your studies, you will enjoy multiple opportunities to showcase your skills, including work placement, outcome-orientated projects and study experience options overseas.

Professional recognition

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.