- Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
- Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Face to Face
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
- Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
$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
- IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
- IELTS section minimum - 6.0
3 years full-time.
Face to Face
Visual communication design is an integral part of our culture. It is an exciting and growing industry where vision and creativity are paramount. Mass media, the Internet, film and television, advertising, publishing, industry or commerce - they all need promotional material delivered to them through the creative skills of the designer.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Take an exploratory and self-directed approach to ongoing learning across a range of relevant technical domains of knowledge
- Take an exploratory and self-directed approach to ongoing learning across a range of relevant theoretical domains of knowledge
- Take an exploratory and self-directed approach to ongoing learning across a range of relevant practical domains of knowledge.
- Demonstrate a sound and critical understanding of various theories of design and their relationship to design history.
- Demonstrate a sound and critical understanding of various theories of design and their relationship to design practice.
- Demonstrate a sound and critical understanding of various theories of design and their relationship to broader histories and theories of culture and knowledge.
- Be exploratory, creative and experimental in the developmentf their research skills.
- Be exploratory, creative and experimental in the development of their design skills.
- Be exploratory, creative and experimental in the development of the irvisual literacy.
- Work independently and / or collaboratively, in professional and ethical manner, in exploring design situations and producing design outcomes
- Work independently and / or collaboratively, in professional and ethical manner, in exploring design situations and producing scholarly outcomes
- Work independently and / or collaboratively, in professional and ethical manner, in exploring design situations and contributing to cultures and communities
- Communicate creatively with diverse audiences across a range of media about and through the design process.
- Communicate creatively with diverse audiences across a range of media about and through design outcomes.
- Create relevant content for visual communication design outcomes.
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Level 7 Bachelor Degree
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|Recommended studies||One or more of the following: HSC Visual Arts, Textiles and Design, Design and Technology and Industrial Technology|
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available here. Admission information for international is available here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.
In some instances, mid-year admissions may extend the duration of the program due to the requirement to complete sequential courses. However, for many students, it will still be possible to complete within the 3 years minimum timeframe.
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.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 8 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University.
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.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 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
To complete the program, students must pass courses totalling 240 units from the list of Approved Courses, including the following:
- CORE COURSES - comprising 60 units at 1000 level; 60 units at 2000 level; 60 units at 3000 level; and
- ELECTIVES - 60 units general electives chosen from any available course offered by the University.
- no more than 100 units in total at 1000 level will be counted towards the award.
- at least 60 units must be taken at 3000 level.
Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
- 2014 - 2016 Program Plan 564.9 KB
- 2017 - 2019 Semester 1 Program Plan 399.0 KB
- 2017 - 2019 Semester 2 Program Plan 509.2 KB
- 2008 (pre) Program Enrolment Checklist 190.2 KB For students who commenced in the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design in or before 2007, and who did not transition to the revised program structure or the 2008-2010 program structure.
- 2008 - 2010 Program Enrolment Checklist 191.3 KB For students who commenced in the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design in 2008, 2009 or 2010, and who did not transition to the revised program structure.
- 2011-2013 Program Enrolment Checklist 135.2 KB For students who commenced in the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design in 2011, 2012 or 2013.
- Bachelor of Visual Communication Design 11253 Suggested Elective Pathways 108.2 KB
The program was revised in 2016, and changes were approved for implementation Semester 1 2017. DESN1111 and DESN1112 were removed from the core and replaced with 20 units of electives. Continuing students in the program who have not yet successfully completed DESN1111 and/or DESN1112 will now be required to take elective units in place of these courses.
2014 program revision:
A major revision of the program was undertaken in 2013, and changes to the program were implemented for 2014. Only the 1000 level courses of the 2014 revised program will be made available in 2014. Continuing students who commenced the program prior to 2014, and who are studying a full time study load and intend to complete the program in 2015 or prior, will remain in the pre-2014 program structure. These students should refer to the relevant Program Enrolment Checklist reflecting the pre-2014 program structure, which can be downloaded from the top of the program handbook, when planning enrolment for 2014 and 2015. Continuing students who commenced the program in 2013, and who are studying a part time study load and intend to complete the program in 2016 or later, may be eligible to transition to the revised 2014 structure and are encouraged to seek independent enrolment and transition advice from the relevant Program Advisor.
2013 program revision:
The program underwent a minor revision in 2012, and discontinued course CMNS3480 was removed from the program. Replacement course, CMNS2500, was added to the directed courses list. Students who have successfully completed CMNS3480 may not take CMNS2500.
2012 program revision:
- Students who commenced the program prior to 2011 will be able continue with their degree structure unless they opt to transfer to the new structure. For transferring students, courses undertaken by current students within the old major structures will count towards the new program. Students currently enrolled in the program will be advised about changes in the end of year forum and may consult the program convenor for individual advice.
- Students who commenced the program prior to 2012, who have successfully completed AART1240, can count it as a directed course.
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
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|DESN1001||Design Contexts 1: What - Definitions, Theories and Practices of Design||10 units|
|DESN1002||Design Contexts 2: When - Histories of Visual Communication Design||10 units|
|DESN1011||Design Projects 1: Visual Design Experimentation||10 units|
|DESN1021||Design Projects 2: Visual Design Thinking||10 units|
|DESN1101||Typography Fundamentals||10 units|
|DESN1102||Typography in Practice||10 units|
|DESN2003||Design Contexts 3: How - The Design Process in Theory and Practice||10 units|
|DESN2004||Design Contexts 4: Why - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Design||10 units|
|DESN2031||Design Projects 3: Designing for Print and Graphic Environments||20 units|
|DESN2041||Design Projects 4: Designing for Screen and Movement||20 units|
|DESN3005||Design Contexts 5: Design Research Methodologies||10 units|
|DESN3006||Design Contexts 6: Researching the Design Profession||10 units|
|DESN3051||Design Projects 5A: Design Directions 1||10 units|
|DESN3052||Design Projects 5B: Design Directions 2||10 units|
|DESN3061||Design Projects 6: Design Exploration||20 units|
Complete 60 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.
A full list of courses that are available to study as an elective can be found in the course handbook.
The Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.
For more information about the Bachelor of Visual Communicaton Design (Honours) please click here.
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.
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 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.