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Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Creative Industries

Approved Abbreviation: BDes/BCrInd


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1839.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 095717K


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Design graduates who previously would have planned a career in graphic design, media or advertising companies now face a future where they will be required to continuously adapt and reapply their skills to changing work environments. This double degree brings together the existing Design program with studies that explore emerging creative industries and allows students who are interested in pursuing careers as designers to also engage with new paradigms of creative and cultural production, developing skills in entrepreneurship and working in collaborative projects with creative industries in Greater Western Sydney (GWS).

Students have the option to travel to Penrith campus for a portion of the Creative Industries component.

Study Mode
Four years full-time or eight years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Nicole BridgesEnquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA). The Bachelor of Creative Industries (PR) is accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent requirements

Admission

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students must complete

  • 80 credit points of Design core units
  • 80 credit points of Creative Industries core units (which includes one Creative Industries Introduction to Major Pool unit)
  • 80 credit points of Design units (which includes two Design unit pairings)
  • 80 credit point Creative Industries Major

Creative Industries Introduction to Major Unit Pool

Students to select one of the following units as your Introduction Major Unit

100706Advertising: An Introduction
100897Everyday Life
102436Creative Writing: The Imaginative Life
101927Foundations of Media Arts and Production
200977Fundamentals of Australian Law
100556Introduction to Journalism
101907Introduction to Literary Studies
102558Music Production
200585Organisational Behaviour
100212Public Relations Theory and Practice

Design Pairing Units

Students select two of the following Design unit pairings. There are four pairings to choose from.

Illustration

101017Illustrating Narrative
102271Illustrating Popular Culture

Interactive

102267Interactive Design: Apps
102272Interactive Design: Games

Photomedia

102268Photomedia: Photographic Practice
100941Photomedia: Fashion and Identity

Digital Design

102273Motion Design
102269Data Visualisation

Creative Industries Majors

The major for the Bachelor of Creative Industries component should be selected from the list below

Note: Each major must have no more than three Level 1 units and a minimum of three Level 3 units

M1121Advertising
M1113Creative Writing
M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M1053English
M2511Enterprise Innovation
M1067Journalism
M2515Law and the Creative Industries
M1094Media Arts Production
M1117Music
M1122Public Relations

Note: For the purposes of this double degree, students may not undertake the Graphic Design or Digital Cultures majors offered for 1838 Bachelor of Creative Industries. Therefore, 101922 Web and Time Based Design and 102263 Image Design cannot count as an Introduction to Major Unit in this course; they are to be completed as components of the Bachelor of Design core.

Recommended Sequence - Autumn Commencement

Recommended sequence subject to variation based on the students nominated Creative Industries specialisation.

Students selecting Law and the Creative Industries as their major are exempt from completing core unit 200909 Enterprise Law, as they must complete the alternate unit 200977 Fundamentals of Australian Law as their core unit and first Introduction to Major unit.

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

102261Graphic Design: Understanding the Principles
101926Media Cultures and Industries
102263Image Design

Spring session

101922Web and Time-based Design
200910Financing Enterprises
101921Visual Storytelling

One unit from the Creative Industries Introduction to Major unit Pool

Year 2

Autumn session

102262Design Histories and Futures
102266Researching the Visual

Two Creative Industries Major Units

Spring session

200912Enterprise Leadership
101923Australian Design
200909Enterprise Law

For students taking Law and the Creative Industries Major choose unit 200977 Fundamentals of Australian Law instead of 200909 Enterprise Law

200977Fundamentals of Australian Law

One Creative Industries Major Unit

Year 3

Autumn session

Two Design Pairing units

Two Creative Industries Major Units

Spring session

102431Creative TEAMS 1

Two Design Pairing units

One Creative Industries Major Unit

Year 4

Autumn session

200911Enterprise Innovation and Markets
102275Contextual Design Studies
102274Social Design: Research and Practice
102432Creative TEAMS 2

Spring session

Two Creative Industries Major Units

102277Design Research Project
102433Creative Industries Professional Project or Internship

Spring (Mid-Year) Commencement

Recommended sequence subject to variation based on the students nominated Creative Industries specialisation.

Full-time

Year 1

Spring session

101922Web and Time-based Design
200910Financing Enterprises
101921Visual Storytelling

One unit from the Creative Industries Introduction to Major unit Pool

Autumn session

102261Graphic Design: Understanding the Principles
101926Media Cultures and Industries
102263Image Design

Year 2

Spring session

200912Enterprise Leadership
101923Australian Design
200909Enterprise Law

For students taking Law and the Creative Industries Major choose unit 200977 Fundamentals of Australian Law instead of 200909 Enterprise Law

200977Fundamentals of Australian Law

One Creative Industries Major Unit

Autumn session

102262Design Histories and Futures
102266Researching the Visual

Two Design Pairing units

Year 3

Spring session

102431Creative TEAMS 1

Two Design Pairing units

One Creative Industries Major Unit

Autumn session

102432Creative TEAMS 2
200911Enterprise Innovation and Markets
102274Social Design: Research and Practice

One Creative Industries Major Unit

Year 4

Spring session

102277Design Research Project
102433Creative Industries Professional Project or Internship

Two Creative Industries Major Units

Autumn session

102275Contextual Design Studies

Three Creative Industries Major Units

Replaced Unit

The unit listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2019 or earlier.

101526 - Introduction to Sound Technologies



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