Bachelor of Design - Visual Communication (Dean's Scholars)



Delivery ModeOn campus
Duration 4F
Intake InformationSemester 1 (Autumn)
UAC Code720124 [Parramatta]
Entrance Rank90 [Parramatta]
Fee Information

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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.


This course is not open to student visa holders. Current and prospective student visa holders should visit the Western Sydney University International site for courses available to them.

Overseas students on other visas permitting onshore study can apply directly though International Admissions.


To be at the cutting edge of design you need an advanced study program that provides you with professional skills and knowledge. The Bachelor of Design (Dean's Scholars) delivers practical and theoretical skills and knowledge in graphic design. In years two and three, you will choose to specialise in the key areas of illustration, interactive media and/or photomedia.

The design program features our award-winning in-house studio where you will gain experience in a professional team-based environment. In addition you will gain entry into The Academy and have the opportunity to research and create a major project working closely with expert supervisors.

An ATAR of at least 90.00 is required for entry into this course and you will be required to maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 throughout the duration of your studies.

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).

In 2017 this degree will be offered at the Parramatta South campus, close to the vibrant Parramatta central business district.

Practical Experience

Throughout your degree you will engage with design briefs that enable you to develop an understanding of professional practice and how you developing areas of interest sit within the contemporary visual communication landscape. In fourth year, the program is linked to a unique in-house design studio where you will gain experience in a professional environment. You will also develop a major design project and industry-standard portfolio in your chosen design specialisation.

A Career in Visual Communication

As a Visual Communication graduate, you'll enjoy a broad and exciting range of career options. You may work as a:

  • graphic designer
  • photographer
  • illustrator
  • art director
  • design journalist
  • information designer
  • interactive multimedia designer
  • web designer
  • design educator
  • animator
  • television or video designer

The scope and market potential for a specialist visual communication designer is expanding rapidly as new areas of digital and traditional media converge and emerge.


Access information about the units (subjects) you will complete as well as important admission information:

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Career Opportunities for the Bachelor of Design Visual Communication (Dean's Scholars)

Graphic designer

Graphic designers assemble images, text and other graphics to create a cohesive design for different forms of media and branding. They can also be involved in typesetting, illustration and web design. They work to assemble information and graphics in a memorable way.


Professional photographers are responsible for taking photographs of media specific to an organisation or on a freelance basis. Photographers have to edit photographs and manage copies or prints to meet deadlines. The job involves a lot of travel and flexibility.


 Illustrators visualise and create concepts for a variety of media including advertising, cards, posters, graphic novels and newspapers.

Art director

Art directors advise on, supervise and clarify the vision of a company's brand. They are in charge of the visual aspect of a company and how it communicates a message to the public.

Digital and social media officer

Social media officers are responsible for the social media strategy of an organisation including their presence on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other networking sites. They oversee the organisation's outreach and devise strategy to communicate with the public, on both a textual and visual level.

Information designer

Information designers present information and statistics into easy to understand graphs and presentations. They compile information in an accessible and effective way for internal and external groups to understand. Their work is commonly associated with data visualisation practices.

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How to apply

All domestic applications for entry to Western Sydney University undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window). Step by step instructions are available on the Apply Now pages.

To find out more about Dean's Scholar programs - refer to The Academy at the Western Sydney University (opens in a new window).