The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
62.00
77.58 (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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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

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

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

AUD34,425 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
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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Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40208
CRICOS code: 0100759

Program handbook

Description

Visual Communication Design (VCD) is an exciting and growing industry limited only by your imagination and creativity. Specialised visual design skills are employed in a range of careers such as graphic design, app design, illustration, concept art, games design, web design, typography, animation, advertising, UX design, service design, wayfinding, and visual storytelling. In this degree you gain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of visual communication design, as well as choosing to develop your creative passion and technical skills in areas of focus such as; Animation, Graphic Communication and Typography, Illustration and Interaction and User Experience (UX) Design. 

Students have the option of completing a single or a double major in this program. Students completing a double major can choose either a double major from the Visual Communication Design Major options (Double Major Pathway B); or one Visual Communication Design Major and one School of Creative Industries (SOCI)  Major (Double Major Pathway C) from the options listed in the handbook. The most ideal combinations of majors that reflect industry creative practice for Visual Communication Design Graduates are listed below;

Double Major Pathway B

  • Animation and Illustration  
  • Animation and Interaction and User Experience (UX) Design
  • Graphic Communication and Typography and Illustration

Double Major Pathway C

  • Animation and Media Production
  • Interaction and User Experience (UX) Design and Experience Creation
  • Interaction and User Experience (UX) Design and Media Production

This program can be completed in three years. However, students completing either of the double Major options, should be aware that due to course availability, the duration of their program may be extended. Students undertaking a double Major option are advised to consult with their Program Advisor regarding their academic program.

 


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • A broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning.
  • Cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge.
  • Cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas.
  • Cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence.
  • Communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters.
  • Demonstrated a sound 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.
  • Worked independently and/or collaboratively in a professional and ethical manner, in exploring design situations and producing design outcomes, producing scholarly outcomes, and contributing to cultures and communities for a range of audiences.
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques in the Design discipline and apply these relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise works, artefacts and forms of design expression.
  • Developed, researched and evaluated ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice.

Details

Information correct as at8 Apr 2020 3:14 am
Program code40208
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 3 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian

This program is new for 2020, there is currently no commencing student profile available.

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Recommended studiesOne or more of the following HSC subject areas or equivalent: Design and Technology, Industrial Technology, Textiles and Design, Visual Arts
Term typeSemesters
Fees
  • International students - AUD34,425 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Education and Arts
Contributing schools
  1. School of Creative Industries
  2. School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code0100759

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents 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. Admission information for international students is available here.

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.


Credit transfer

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 for more information on applying for credit.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

240 units

Program duration

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

Program requirements

This program requires the successful completion of 240 units. 

Students must complete 80 units of Core Courses and a choice of one of the following:

  • Single Major Pathway A - One 80 unit Visual Communication Design Major (with at least 40 units at 3000 level including DESN3910) and 80 units of Electives; or
  • Double Major Pathway B - One 80 unit Visual Communication Design Major (with at least 40 units at 3000 level including DESN3920); and a second 80 unit Visual Communication Design Major (with at least 20 units at 3000 level); and 20 units of Electives; or
  • Double Major Pathway C - One 80 unit Visual Communication Design Major (with at least 40 units at 3000 level including DESN3920); and a second 80 unit School of Creative Industries Major (with at least 40 units at 3000 level)

Students must ensure that each Major has a minimum of 60 units of unique courses.

Students must not exceed 240 units in order to complete a second Major.

Students must not exceed a maximum of 100 units at 1000 level.

Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.


Program plans

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.

Additional documents


Transition arrangements

The Bachelor of Visual Communication Design program was amended for 2020 implementation.  Students who transfer from B Visual Communication Design [11253] into B Visual Communication Design [40208] should refer to the B Visual Communication Design Course Credit Equivalency document in the Additional Documents section.


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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Visual Communication Design Core Courses

Complete the following core courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN1002Visual Communication Design, Histories and Impacts
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1011Introduction to Visual Design Principles
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1021Visual Design Principles in Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1031Introduction to Digital Practices in Visual Communication and Design
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2003The Design Process in Theory and Professional Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2011Design Futures and Professional Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
CIND3001Business Models, Professional Practice and Ethics
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3004Design Exhibition PracticeNot currently offered10 units

VCD Major - Animation

Students must complete at least one of the Visual Communication Design (VCD) Majors. Students have the option of completing a second Major, chosen from either the VCD Major options or from the School of Creative Industries Major options.

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN1801Animation Thinking
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2801Animation Process
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2802Animation Production
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
Single Major Compulsory Course

Students undertaking Single Major Pathway A must choose

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN3910Professional Creative Portfolio – Single
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
Double Major Compulsory Course

Students undertaking Double Major Pathway B or Double Major Pathway C must choose

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN3920Professional Creative Portfolio – DoubleNot currently offered20 units
Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed course list. At least 20 units must be taken at the 3000 Level.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS1230Foundations of Media Production
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
DESN1200Design Drawing Foundations
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1331Character Design
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2803Designing for 3D
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN28043D Motion
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3411Creative Studio Placement
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3730Visual Storytelling in Transmedia Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3801TV AnimationNot currently offered10 units
DESN38023D EnvironmentsNot currently offered10 units
DESN3803Digital Compositing and ImagingNot currently offered10 units

VCD Major - Graphic Comm & Typography

Students must complete at least one of the Visual Communication Design (VCD) Majors. Students have the option of completing a second Major, chosen from either the VCD Major options or from the School of Creative Industries Major options.

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN1101Typography Fundamentals
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2201Advanced Typography
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2221Graphic Brand Identities and Spaces
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
Single Major Compulsory Course

Students undertaking Single Major Pathway A must choose

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN3910Professional Creative Portfolio – Single
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
Double Major Compulsory Course

Students undertaking Double Major Pathway B or Double Major Pathway C must choose

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN3920Professional Creative Portfolio – DoubleNot currently offered20 units
Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed course list. At least 20 units must be taken at the 3000 Level.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN1121Experimental Design Imaging
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
CIND3500Professional Placement
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3301Professional Typography PracticeNot currently offered10 units
DESN3321Graphic Page and Publication DesignNot currently offered10 units
DESN3411Creative Studio Placement
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3730Visual Storytelling in Transmedia Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units

VCD Major - Illustration

Students must complete at least one of the Visual Communication Design (VCD) Majors. Students have the option of completing a second Major, chosen from either the VCD Major options or from the School of Creative Industries Major options.

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN1121Experimental Design Imaging
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1200Design Drawing Foundations
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2040Commercial Illustration 1
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
Single Major Compulsory Course

Students undertaking Single Major Pathway A must choose

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN3910Professional Creative Portfolio – Single
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
Double Major Compulsory Course

Students undertaking Double Major Pathway B or Double Major Pathway C must choose

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN3920Professional Creative Portfolio – DoubleNot currently offered20 units
Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed course list. At least 20 units must be taken at the 3000 Level.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN1040Foundations in Observation and Visual Recording
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1331Character Design
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2050Anatomical and Medical Illustration
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2060Scientific Illustration
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2211Visual Narrative
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3040Commercial Illustration 2Not currently offered10 units
DESN3050Visualising CulturesNot currently offered10 units
DESN3060Advanced Studio PracticeNot currently offered10 units
DESN3411Creative Studio Placement
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3730Visual Storytelling in Transmedia Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units

VCD Major - Interaction & UX Design

Students must complete at least one of the Visual Communication Design (VCD) Majors. Students have the option of completing a second Major, chosen from either the VCD Major options or from the School of Creative Industries Major options.

Compulsory Course

Complete the following compulsory course

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN1600Interaction & UX Design Fundamentals
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
Single Major Compulsory Course

Students undertaking Single Major Pathway A must choose

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN3910Professional Creative Portfolio – Single
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
Double Major Compulsory Course

Students undertaking Double Major Pathway B or Double Major Pathway C must choose

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN3920Professional Creative Portfolio – DoubleNot currently offered20 units
Directed Courses

Choose 50 units from the following directed course list. At least 20 units must be taken at the 3000 Level.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
DESN1200Design Drawing Foundations
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1331Character Design
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1610Screen Design & Prototyping Across Platforms
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2002Design Thinking
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2211Visual Narrative
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2600Designing for and Conceptualising Game Play
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2610Experience Design for Web: Future Facing Best Practices
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
CMNS3560Scripting for Interactivity
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN3411Creative Studio Placement
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3600Experimental Interfaces & Tangible Interaction DesignNot currently offered10 units
DESN3730Visual Storytelling in Transmedia Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN38023D EnvironmentsNot currently offered10 units

SOCI Major - Experience Creation

Students must complete at least one of the Visual Communication Design (VCD) Majors. Students have the option of completing a second Major, chosen from either the VCD Major options or from the School of Creative Industries (SOCI) Major options.

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS1090Media Storytelling
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1240Mobile Media Making
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 60 units; 20 units at 2000 level and 40 units at 3000 level.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS2016Social and Interactive Media
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS2080Virtual Places
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN2211Visual Narrative
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2801Animation Process
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
CMNS3450Media Project
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
20 units
CMNS3560Scripting for Interactivity
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3600Sound for Interactive MediaNot currently offered10 units
CMNS3620Virtual Drama and DocumentaryNot currently offered10 units
INFT3950Games Design
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units

SOCI Major - Media Production

Students must complete at least one of the Visual Communication Design (VCD) Majors. Students have the option of completing a second Major, chosen from either the VCD Major options or from the School of Creative Industries (SOCI) Major options.

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following 20 units of compulsory courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS1090Media Storytelling
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1240Mobile Media Making
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 60 units; 20 units at 2000 level and 40 units at 3000 level.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS2005Cinematography
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2035Television
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2130Sound Production
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2180Screenwriting
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2400Radio Production
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3150Podcasting
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3160Documentary
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3440Short Film Production
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3450Media Project
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
20 units
CMNS3600Sound for Interactive MediaNot currently offered10 units

Electives

Complete 80 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.

80 units

Honours

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 Communication Design (Honours) please click here.


Additional information

Additional Information (Prospective Students)

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

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.