When you study a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at the University of Newcastle, you will combine core courses with a range of electives

Bachelor of Visual Communication Design

What you will study

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The visual communication design program at the University of Newcastle has an exciting new structure that has been developed by a team of education experts. It responds to the ever changing needs of society and industry. The curriculum is structured around a number of core and elective courses. The core courses get to the fundamentals of the discipline, while electives enable you to focus on more highly specialised areas such as photography and animation. Theory courses will deepen your thinking and provide you with in-depth understanding of design within a social context.

"We are taught to understand the elements of design and how we can use visual communication to shape the world" - Katrina

Through engaging in a series of challenging projects you will learn  about visual hierarchy, the symbolic codes of design, persuasive strategies, how to carry out research, how to engage your audience, how to work with others and how to present your ideas. You will also develop understanding of the design process, from thinking of an idea towards the actual act of turning it into a physical reality.

The following are an example of what you will study:

  • Graphic design
  • Web design
  • Information design
  • Human centred design
  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Transmedia
  • Multi-media
  • Motion graphics

The philosophy of the program is transmitted through a series of seminars and presentations by staff who actively practice in field of visual communication. Learning by 'doing' is carried out through studio projects which challenge you to think of novel, engaging ideas and apply them through your developing technical expertise with a wide range of media.

After your third year you may be encouraged to undertake another year of study to obtain an Honours degree, which will give you a competitive edge and enhance your career prospects.

For more detailed program information about the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design, please refer to the handbook.

Career Opportunities

The list below provides typical job titles for Visual Communication graduates:

  • Advertising and brand designer
  • Animation designer
  • Creative design technologist
  • Design manager
  • Game designer
  • Graphic communications designer
  • Illustrator 
  • Info-graphic designer
  • Interaction designer
  • Interface designer
  • Lens media designer (film, commercials and music digital media)
  • Mobile designer
  • Multimedia designer
  • Photographer
  • Service designer
  • Typographer and information designer
  • User experience designer
  • Web designer

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