The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
76.00 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


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

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019

$32,630 (indicative annual fee, 2019)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.


3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 11253
CRICOS code: 059024E

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: mass media: web, film and television, advertising, publishing, industry or commerce. Study a Visual Communication Design degree at UON 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).

86% Employed ? within four months of graduation
#1 in Australia ? for skills satisfaction
#1 in NSW ? for teaching practices - Creative Arts

Student work showcase

What you will study

The Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at UON has been developed by a team of design experts to accommodate the ever-changing needs of society and industry.

The curriculum is structured around core and elective courses so that you develop a strong foundation and in-depth specialisation. Challenging projects ensure that you embrace the fundamentals of the design process from idea to execution. This includes visual hierarchy, symbolic codes of design, persuasive strategies, research, audience engagement and collaboration with industry.

Examples of what you will study include:

  • graphic design
  • web design
  • information design
  • human centred design
  • advertising
  • publishing
  • illustration
  • animation
  • transmedia
  • multi-media
  • motion graphics

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.

Visual Communication Design (Honours) handbook


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

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.

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.

  • 3D Modeller
  • Animator
  • Artist-in-Residence
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Computer Games Developer
  • Creative Director
  • Design Manager
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interactive Media Designer/Developer
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Media Production Editor
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Special Effects Technician
  • University Lecturer/Academic

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.

  • Art Director
  • Art/Visual Arts Teacher
  • Artist
  • Brand Manager
  • Concept Artist
  • Exhibitions Officer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Integrated Communications Specialist
  • Interior Designer
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Photographer
  • Publications Officer/Editor
  • Publishing Distribution Officer
  • Secondary Technology Teacher
  • Web Designer

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.