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Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Visual Communication

 

location
City campus

Min. duration
1 year full time

course codes
UTS: C09061v1
CRICOS: 077340K

In the Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication students learn how to create visual messages and experiences that communicate information and ideas across many mediums.

The course allows students to experiment with both traditional and emerging design practices, and develop a visual language that allows them to work across digital, physical and analogue media. This visual language is broad, encompassing typography, interaction and image-making.

This degree prepares students for the evolving nature of design by engaging with the social, technological and ecological context of design practice.

In the Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication students learn how to create visual messages and experiences that communicate information and ideas across many mediums.

The course allows students to experiment with both traditional and emerging design practices, and develop a visual language that allows them to work across digital, physical and analogue media. This visual language is broad, encompassing typography, interaction and image-making.

This degree prepares students for the evolving nature of design by engaging with the social, technological and ecological context of design practice.

Graduates are industry-ready, thanks to their ability to articulate design practices and process, the degree's internship program, and the curriculum's emphasis on real-world problem solving.

Course aims

The degree has a hands-on, studio-based culture that is supported by a strong theoretical component. Academics encourage both traditional and experimental research methods to help students make work that is conceptually rigorous and socially responsive.

Offering a variety of interdisciplinary subjects, graduates are able to move into their professional lives with the diverse knowledge and skills required to work collaboratively and across disciplines. All students work with industry clients on real-world projects and undertake work experience during their degree.

Typical study program

The typical course program is shown below.

Autumn sessionCredit pointsSubject code
87931 Researching: Contexts687931
87932 Researching: Materials687932
87933 Critical Practice: Exploration1287933
Spring sessionCredit pointsSubject code
87900 Critical Practice: Realisation2487900

Course fees

For relevant fee information, are you a Local student or International student

All students at UTS pay tuition fees to contribute towards the cost of their studies.

In 2017 all offers made to domestic undergraduate students will be for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP), which means that the Australian government makes a substantial contribution towards the cost of your education, and you pay the balance through student contributions.

The amount you pay depends on your area of study and the number of credit points (cp) in which you enrol. At UTS 48 credit points is considered to be one Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL).

The table to the right shows the amount a student can expect to pay for one year of full-time study (1.0 EFTSL).

Students can choose to pay their student contribution upfront, or if eligible, can defer their fees through HECS-HELP.

In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay a Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The purchase of textbooks and other course materials may also result in additional cost.

You can calculate your student contribution as a percentage of the amounts shown on the table.
e.g. If you are enrolled in a 6 credit point Mathematics subject, your contribution would be 6/48 x $9,050 = $1,131.

Student contribution amounts for 2017 commencing students

Area of study and

student contribution  

band

Student contribution

(per EFTSL or 48 cp)

3
Law, Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Administration, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
$10,596
2
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health, Allied Health, Engineering, Science, Surveying, Agriculture
$9,050
1
Humanities, Behavioural Science, Social Studies, Education, Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Nursing
$6,349

 

 

Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and range from A$20,830 to A$40,800 per year.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students can be found using tuition fees search.

Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.

 

For this course, the cost per credit point for 2017 is $658. The total credit points are 48.

All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:

In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.

UTS Alumni save 10%: alumni.uts.edu.au/advantage

For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' fees information page.

Careers

There are many career options in a range of fields for graduates, such as digital media, publication designer, graphic designer, interactive media designer, web designer, branding specialist, art director, motion graphics designer, advertising, illustrator, and exhibition designer. Graduates are also equipped with the skills to become writers, researchers, editors and critics, and to apply design thinking in a non-design industry business.

Course structure

Course completion requirements

RequirementCredit points
87931 Researching: Contexts6
87932 Researching: Materials6
87933 Critical Practice: Exploration12
87900 Critical Practice: Realisation24
Total48

Course structure explained

Students must complete 48 credit points of honours subjects including a 24-credit-point major project.

Additional information

Course duration

The course is offered on a one-year, full-time basis. Students may study this program part time after consultation with the program director.

Full time, on campus

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication (C10308) who have completed the course within the past three years and attained an overall weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 72.5 are made a threshold offer.

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication who do not meet the above criteria must provide:

  • a digital portfolio of 10 landscape PDFs (print on A4) that display digital files, scans and/or photographs of original design work done by the applicant (maximum size 5MB)
  • a written statement (200–300 words) addressing the applicant's reasons for undertaking honours-level study in design at UTS and the specific learning that they are seeking given their intended career direction on completion of the degree
  • a project proposal outline (200–300 words) that includes a project description, identification of research context, description of specific research focus and set of design methods, techniques, materials and approaches to be employed, and
  • a one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant's design or related experience.

Applicants with a degree which is equivalent to the UTS Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication and who have attained an overall WAM of 70.0 or above must provide these documents in addition to a verified copy of the candidate's previous academic transcript.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

International applicants must also attend an interview (via Skype) with the program director. Digital copies of both the academic transcripts and portfolio must be sent to the program director prior to the interview.

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Check to see if there are additional admission requirements for this course.

If you don't meet the admission requirements for this course, there may be alternative pathways to help you gain admission.

Year 12 bonus scheme

To see a list of courses where HSC subjects provide bonus points, please refer to the Year 12 bonus points page.

Scholarships, prizes and awards

Scholarships

Prizes and awards

UTS: Handbook

See the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Visual Communication in the UTS: Handbook for comprehensive course details.
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