Bachelor of Visual Communication Design
481150 - Newcastle (Callaghan)
|Contributing Schools and Faculties||Faculty of Education and ArtsFaculty of Science and Information Technology|
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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.
In your final year you choose from an industry placement or an on-campus project and produce a high-standard portfolio for professional recognition in the labour market.
In addition to the compulsory courses based around visual communication drawing, technology, photography, principles and process, you can also choose from a wide range of courses including advertising design, design for new media, illustration and ideas, web multimedia, graphic design and design professional studies.
The visual communication industry offers career opportunities limited only by the imagination. Designers' responsibilities are vast and varied and can encompass the development of visual material for both print and digital media. This may include conceptual design, print production, advertising, publishing, film and television, the Internet, science and technology, illustration, packaging and signage. Electronic and digital tools with sophisticated software are an integral part of design practice.
Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.
You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit
One or more of Visual Arts or Textiles and Design, and/or Design and Technology, and/or Industrial Technology.
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 your new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.
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.
Industry experience is available to students as an elective for all majors. Client-based projects are embedded in a prescribed course in the final year.
All students are encouraged to become student members of the Australian Graphic Design Association, Design Institute of Australia and/or the Illustrators Institute of Australia whilst studying. After graduating, students become full members.
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided 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. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/learning-development/
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.
Please see Further Information above for your Program Enrolment Checklist, "Are you on track?" form.
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; 40 units at 3000 level;
- DIRECTED COURSES - 60 units from the list of directed courses, including at least 20 units at 3000 level;
- ELECTIVES - 20 units general electives chosen from any available course offered by the University.
- no more than 100 units in total at 1000 level will be counted towards the award.
- at least 60 units of core and directed courses must be taken at 3000 level.
Current students who commenced the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design:
- pre-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.
- pre-2012 and have successfully completed AART1240 can count it as a directed course.
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.
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|Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.|
|DESN1100||Visual Comm Principles 1||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN1150||Visual Commmunication Design Principles 2||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN1200||Visual Communication Drawing 1||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN1300||Visual Communication Technology 1||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN1311||Photographic Imaging for Design|
Not to count with DESN1310
|Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN1470||Design Process||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN2030||Issues in Design||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN2100||Typography||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN2170||Visual Communication Design Studio 1||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN2180||Visual Communication Design Studio 2||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN2260||Visual Communication Technology 2||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN2320||Screen Based Visual Communication||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN3000||Visual Communication: Forms & Functions||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN3190A||Visual Communication Design Major Folio: A||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN3190B||Visual Communication Design Major Folio: B||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN3300||Professional Practice for Designers|
Not to count with MKTG2410
|Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|Back to topElectives (click to hide)|
|For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Online Electives page. (opens in a new page)|
|Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.||20 units|
|Back to topDirected Courses (click to hide)|
|Choose 60 units from Directed courses. At least 20 units must be at 3000 level.|
|AART1500||Introduction to 2-Dimensional Studies|
Not to count with AART1230 or AART1240
|Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)|
Semester 1 - 2013 (Port Macquarie)
Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)
|CMNS1004||Media Production: Video||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|CMNS1230||Foundations of Media Production||Trimester 1 - 2013 (Singapore)|
Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)
|DESN1471||Contexts of Design and Technology||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN1530||Natural History Studio Studies 1||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|INFT1201||Digital Technologies for Media and Entertainment||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|CMNS2035||Media Production: Television||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|CMNS2040||Music Video||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|CMNS2500||Developing Multimedia Publications|
Not to count with CMNS3480.
|Trimester 3 - 2013 (Singapore)|
Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)
|DESN2211||Visual Communication Drawing Theory and Practice||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN2270||Web Multimedia||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)|
Semester 1 - 2013 (Central Coast)
Trimester 2 - 2013 (Singapore)
|DESN2300||Design Studio Photography||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN2710||Scientific Illustration||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3250||The Print as Object||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3420||Digital||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|AART3430||Alchemy||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN3140||Design for Advertising||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN3230||Digital Graphic Design||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN3411||Design Professional Studies||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|DESN3730||Illustration and Ideas||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|INFT3302||Multimedia and Animation||Semester 2 - 2013 (Callaghan)||10 units|