ATAR cut-off
66.80
76.05 (Median ATAR)
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International entry requirement

UAC code

484650
Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

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

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
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: 11253
CRICOS code: 059024E

Study visual communication design at UON

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. Mass media: web, film and television, advertising, publishing, industry or commerce – they all need visual material across a variety of formats and channels. Study Visual Communication Design 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 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 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.

86% Employed ? within four months of graduation

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, 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 roles.

The Honours program will help refine your practical research skills. Over the year you will be complete a research project focusing on a specific topic or problem. 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

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Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what 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.

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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.

See below for a list of typical jobs after graduating from this degree.

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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.