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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.
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:
- coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
- demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
- cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
- cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
- cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
- technical skills to design and use research in a project
- communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
- demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship
- demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
- demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
- 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.
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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
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.
Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.0 with no subtest result below 6.0.
No credit permitted for Honours.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
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 ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
This program requires the completion of 80 units of core courses.
Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.
You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.
Important information for students who commenced the program prior to 2021:
This program was revised for 2021, and amendments were made to the Core Course requirements. Please refer to the 2021 Transition Arrangements in the Additional Documents Section for more details.
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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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|CIND4001||Introduction to Research and Creative Practice||20 units|
|CIND4002||Research Methods and Planning||20 units|
|CIND4003||Honours Project 1||20 units|
|CIND4004||Honours Project 2||20 units|
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.
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.
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 College 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.
How to apply
To be accepted for entry into the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) program you must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design program or equivalent with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 (credit grade average). For further information about this program’s admission requirements please refer to the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) Program Handbook and the Bachelor Honours Degree (80) Awards and Programs Schedule.
Please contact the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) Program Convenor, for more information about the academic content of the program or to discuss a suitable Thesis Topic or Supervisor. Undergraduate Program Convenor List.
Should you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Program Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Domestic applicants can apply by submitting the End-On Honours Application Form
Find out more about Honours scholarships.
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