This program will enable you to become an articulate and innovative designer who can communicate using a wide range of visual media.
You will engage with design processes that build on your existing talent and help you develop new skills through working individually and within a team, in response to a range of briefs and scenarios.
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Visual Communication at Western
If you’re inspired by design, or have a creative itch and enjoy learning new things, the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) degree will provide you with the right opportunities to shape a career in the design sector of the creative industries and beyond.
With an emphasis on studio-based practice, you will study areas such as image design, typography, layout design, branding, design history, research methods, and web-based design.
There are opportunities to engage with live community or industry projects. In third year, you will consolidate your design portfolio, and in your final year, take a position as a junior designer in our teaching studio and produce a major design project for exhibition.
Delivered in our well-equipped facilities including photography and design studios, you will be learning in a creative environment with like-minded people.
As a Dean’s Scholar, you will gain direct entry into The Academy, where you will complete a tailored sub-major and be involved in events, workshops, and community-based projects geared towards building your leadership skills, enabling you to graduate with an edge.
Graduate with eligibility for membership of the Design Institute of Australia and the Australian Graphic Design Association.
The course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.
Students must maintain a grade point average of 5 or above to remain in the course. Those who do not maintain this average will be transferred to the Bachelor of Design - Visual Communication.
Fees and delivery
Fees: Varies depending on units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.
Delivery: On campus
This course is only available to domestic students.
Unfortunately, student visa holders are not eligible to study this degree.
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As a Visual Communication graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities including:
- Art director
- Design educator
- Information designer
- Digital producer
User Interface Designer
Interface design can be the make or break of a new device, website, or system. This career will blend your knowledge of design principles with a strong understanding of users and how they experience technology.
Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators
Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators design information for visual and audio communication, publication and display using print, film, electronic, digital and other forms of visual and audio media.
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.
Games Designers work collaboratively as part of a team of programmers, illustrators and animators to create concepts, scripts, characters, settings and stories for electronic gaming.
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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.