The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
N/A (Median SR)
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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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UAC code

Newcastle City

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

Face to Face


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

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

AUD32,630 (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

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1 year full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 11254
CRICOS code: 032730A

Program handbook


The Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) degree is a one year full-time (or equivalent part-time) program designed to allow students to further specialise to an advanced level of professionalism and academic achievement. It also provides a pathway to Research Higher Degree studies.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Be capable of identifying and using relevant technical, theoretical and practical domains of knowledge in their design research and practice.
  • A well-developed and critical understanding of various theories of design and their relationship to design history, design practice and broader histories and theories of culture and knowledge.
  • A well-developed exploratory and creative approach to the methodical use and development of their design skills and visual literacy.
  • The ability to work independently and/or collaboratively, in a professional and ethical manner, in exploring design situations and producing high quality design outcomes.


Information correct as at20 Oct 2019 3:12 AM
Program code11254
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Newcastle City PrecinctNANA

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Term typeSemesters
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Education and Arts
Contributing schools
  1. School of Creative Industries
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code032730A

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design or equivalent program with a minimum GPA of 5.0 (credit grade average) calculated from:

  • Across the entire degree program; or
  • Across a major in the proposed discipline of study, if that degree program includes such a major; or
  • Across 80 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists); or
  • Where the applicant has completed less than 80 units at 3000 level, a GPA of 5.5 calculated from at least 60 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists).

In exceptional circumstances, the above requirements may be varied with permission of the Head of School and Pro-Vice Chancellor.

No more than two years must have elapsed since completion of the undergraduate degree.

Application for the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) program is made directly to the University using the End–On Honours Application Form

Domestic applicants can apply by submitting the End-On Honours Application Form

International applicants can apply by submitting the End-On Hours Application Form and the International Application Form


Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants 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 here.

Additional selection criteria

  • Additional Form -

Credit transfer

No credit permitted for Honours.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

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

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at

Program requirements

The Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) is a one year full-time or equivalent part-time program designed to provide an opportunity for specialist study and practice in visual communication.

Students may specialise in one of three areas: Digital Media Design, Graphic Design, or Illustration. To complete the program, students must pass Core Courses totalling 80 units at 4000 level.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

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

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN4215Design Research Methods and Planning
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
DESN4220Design Honours I
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
DESN4230Design Honours II
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
DESN4240Design Honours III
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units


There are three classes of Honours: Class I, Class II and Class III. Class II will have two divisions, namely Division 1 and Division 2. The grading and marking of End On Honours programs is defined in the Bachelor Honours Policy (Policy 000990)

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online.