The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
62.55
78.85 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

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

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
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

Program handbook

Description

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.

Details

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Program code11253
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
Newcastle City Precinct62.5578.85

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Recommended studiesOne or more of the following: HSC Visual Arts, Textiles and Design, Design and Technology and Industrial Technology
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Education and Arts
Contributing schools
  1. School of Creative Industries
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code059024E

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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.  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.

Mid-year admission:

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.


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 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.


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.


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

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.  

Please note:

 - 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.

 


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 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.


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
DESN1001Design Contexts 1: What - Definitions, Theories and Practices of Design
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1002Design Contexts 2: When - Histories of Visual Communication Design
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1011Design Projects 1: Visual Design Experimentation
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1021Applied Graphic Practices
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1101Typography Fundamentals
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN1102Typography in Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2003Design Contexts 3: How - The Design Process in Theory and Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2004Design Contexts 4: Why - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Design
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN2031Design Projects 3: Designing for Print and Graphic Environments
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
DESN2041Design Projects 4: Designing for Screen and Movement
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
DESN3005Design Contexts 5: Design Research Methodologies
  • Summer 3 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3006Design Contexts 6: Researching the Design Profession
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3051Design Projects 5A: Design Directions 1
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
DESN3052Design Projects 5B: Design Directions 2
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Winter - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
DESN3061Design Projects 6: Design Exploration
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units

Electives

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.

60 units

Suggested electives

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.

CodeTitleUnits
AART1240Creative Practice 2D10 units
AART1400Creative Enquiry Photomedia10 units
AART1410Creative Practice Photomedia10 units
AART2270Principal Studio 2 (2D or 3D or Photomedia)10 units
AART3240Photomechanical Methods in Print10 units
AART3420Digital10 units
AART3430Historical Methods in Photomedia10 units
AART3452Light10 units
CMNS1000Introduction to Digital Communication10 units
CMNS1005Media Production: Cinematography10 units
CMNS1090Introduction to Professional Writing10 units
CMNS1230Foundations of Media Production10 units
CMNS2016Media Production: Social and Interactive Media10 units
CMNS2160Media Production: Documentary10 units
CMNS2500Developing Multimedia Publications10 units
CMNS2600Audience Studies10 units
CMNS3170Screenwriting (Documentary)10 units
DESN1200Design Drawing Foundations10 units
DESN1331Drawing for Design: Character Design10 units
DESN1332Introduction to Photographic Seeing and Imaging10 units
DESN2211Visual Narrative10 units
DESN2302Photographic Construction and Art Direction10 units
DESN2801Animation 1: Design for Animation10 units
DESN2802Animation 2: Animation Production10 units
DESN28033D Animation10 units
DESN3730Visual Storytelling in Transmedia Practice10 units
ENGL1201Creative Writing: Introduction10 units
ENGL2101Creative Writing: The Art of Short Fiction10 units
INFT1201Digital Technologies for Media and Entertainment10 units
MNGT1002Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation10 units
MNGT2002Business Venturing10 units
MNGT2003Entrepreneurial and Innovation Diversity10 units
MNGT2004Managing Innovation10 units
MNGT3007Social Entrepreneurship10 units
MNGT3008Advanced Innovation Management10 units
MUSI2706Music Digital Editing10 units
NHIL1002Natural History Studio Studies 110 units
NHIL1004Natural History Studio Studies 210 units
NHIL1005Introduction to Botanical Scientific Drawing10 units
NHIL2004Anatomical and Medical Illustration10 units
NHIL3004Natural History Field Studies and Culture10 units
PSYC1030Psychology: A Concise Introduction10 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 Communicaton Design (Honours) please click here


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.