Is visual communication design for you?
Visual Communication, also referred to as design or graphic design, is a creative process concerned with the development of visual ideas and communication of information in ways that engage audiences and influence human perceptions or behaviour. Visual Communicators create solutions to communication problems using media such as print, press, TV, radio, web and digital media. This field is an exciting area of study and research, because of the rapidly changing technological environment and the development of new ways to communicate.
When studying visual communication design you will gain experience in advertising, web design, animation, illustration, photography, typography, drawing, branding, digital design, games and virtual worlds, communication and graphic design. These elements combine together to give you the knowledge to become a creative Visual Communicator.
Study with industry professionals
Our academic staff have extensive experience in the design, illustration and advertising industries. They are encouraged to use their industry knowledge and experience in their teaching, allowing students to gain first-hand knowledge of the career market and employer expectations. Courses also feature guest lectures by industry practitioners, and focus projects on topics that address emerging industry trends and contemporary professional practices.
For an insight into the academic industry professionals you could work with, take a look at the work of Professor Mario Minichiello.
Real-world experiences while you study
While studying visual communication, you will have the opportunity to participate in external projects with industry and regional organisations. This will ensure you develop the skills, knowledge and professional abilities relating to real life experience. Client-based projects and group work will form an important part of your professional development in the program.
Purpose-built facilities to replicate industry situations
As a student in the degree you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities in the recently developed Information Communications Technology building, using sound and television studios, editing suites and the latest computer technology. You will have the opportunity to produce professional quality audio and visual media in our facilities.
Promoting our students
In your final year you will have your work displayed in an exhibition open to industry representatives and the general public. This is a very successful vehicle for promoting our graduates and gives you and your work the chance to be recognised by important industry decision makers
For examples of student work, events, videos and an insight into visual communication design at The University of Newcastle, visit the links below: