Visual Communication students engage beyond UTS through guest lectures, industry collaborations, competitions, field trips, local community participation, global studios and international exchange.
Student and professional awards
Students in their third year participate in various design competitions. They achieved commendations in the International Society for Typographic Designers in 2016, were recognised in both the student and professional categorises of the Australian Graphic Design Association awards in 2016, and will be participating in the Design & Art Direction 2017.
Bachelor of Visual Communication Design alumni and 2015 Design Institute of Australia Graduate of the Year
“I loved having the opportunity to work on many varied projects; the briefs gave me the flexibility to explore completely different disciplines. My major project would not have happened if I didn’t learn graphics (layout and typography) as well as some web and exhibition design.”
The Global Studio provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in another design and educational culture, led by a design academic. Visual Communication students can travel to Japan and New Zealand in the summer session. They also have the opportunity through Interdisciplinary Design to travel to Hong Kong, Greece, Berlin, Indonesia, and China.
Students immerse themselves in the New Zealand creative environment and be inspired, like their New Zealand peers, to think globally at the outset of their own professional careers. Visiting various design studios, creative businesses, arts and cultural establishments, the young designers build on their existing knowledge of the creative industries and gain insights on the knowledge and strategies of successful industry professionals, including how to graduate and start global-facing businesses, and understanding design-led innovation, design integration and customer-centricity in their practice. The intended outcome – young, graduate designers ready to take on the world!
Every year students work with leading technology and design companies such as Google and Jigsaw, to develop new technology and human solutions for contemporary problems.
The professional experience program is supported by leading professional designers and organisations, including:
- Digital Media Group
- Extra Black
- For the People
- Frost* Collective
- Grumpy Sailor
- Hoyne Design
- Landor Associates
- Meld Studio
- Mighty Nice
- September Design Studio
- Universal Favourite
Students work closely in the program with professionals for mentoring and industry orientation. Professionals provide feedback on portfolios, project work, along with stimulating lectures.
The Google Special Project provides a unique opportunity to respond to a brief given by key Google players including Tea Uglow, Creative Director of Google Creative Labs. Briefs provided by Google deal with topics pertinent to our lives including “How to make search more human” and “Invisible Technology – How can digital technology improve our analogue lives?”
A translator in your pocket using technology that empowers the hearing impaired and deaf community.
A product to help reduce skin cancer via a smart towel which sends information to its owner about when to reapply sunscreen.
'DigiSpeak' consists of a wearable ring and compatible mobile application that is powered using Soli technology to detect, scan, read and translate printed text in order to create an intuitive and seamless way of language learning.
Socially Responsive Design
A community engagement program that create collaborative partnerships between students and community. It is grounded in the social justice values of equity, diversity, social responsibility and mutual respect. Collaborative projects have included: research on women’s refuges for Addison Road Community Centre; logo and branding for Assistance Dogs Australia; design for Easy Care Gardening; animation for Mum4Refugees (opens an external site); online archive for Sailors with DisABILITIES (opens an external site); and organisational rebrand for Women in Prison Advocacy Network.