Course

Diploma in Design/Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

Approved Abbreviation: DipDes/BDes(VisComm)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6011.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096972J


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


The Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) degree will provide you with fundamental skills and knowledge to communicate ideas and information across a wide range of visual media. With an emphasis on studio-based practice, you will study areas such as image design, typography, layout design, branding, design history, research methods, and web-based design. From year two, there are opportunities to engage with live community or industry projects, and you will choose two practical specialisations from the following pairs: motion design and data visualisation; game and app design; illustration; and photography. You may also choose electives from outside of design such as advertising and media production. Throughout the program you will engage with individual and team-based projects, develop your conceptual thinking skills, use a variety of traditional and emerging technologies, and expand your creative practice. In year four you will take a position in our award-winning teaching design studio where you will gain experience in a professional learning environment, preparing you for work in an exciting and evolving industry.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University, via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Design exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

Students may exit with 1624 Bachelor of Design Studies after successful completion of the first three years of the program.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For course advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Course Advice’. For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication).

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

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

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Kathy Goochk.gooch@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above

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

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have:

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, OR
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) OR
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent OR
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Met other entry requirements such as:

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, OR
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band OR
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass OR
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent OR
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general:

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement OR
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 340 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Bankstown and Penrith Campus

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

Year 1

Preparatory units

700056Academic English (WSTC Prep)
700197The Design Process (WSTC Prep)
700177Tertiary Study Skills in Design (WSTC Prep)

Students must pass the following University level units

700183Visual Storytelling (WSTC)
700187Web and Time-based Design (WSTC)
700193Graphic Design: Understanding the Principles (WSTC)
700194Graphic Design: Process and Practice (WSTC)
700195Design Histories and Futures (WSTC)
700196Image Design (WSTC)

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Design following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress onto Year Two may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year Two units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year One before progressing to the Year Two units.

Western Sydney University Units

For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication).

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

Parramatta (Victoria Road) Campus

Students must complete two pairs of specialisation unit pairings.

Students can also choose to complete further specialisation units as elective choices.

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

Year 2

Autumn session

102265Graphic Design: Interactive Digital Media
102266Researching the Visual

One Specialisation unit from the selected unit pairing

Spring session

102270Graphic Design: The Professional Context
101923Australian Design

One Specialisation unit from the selected unit pairing

Year 3

Autumn session

102274Social Design: Research and Practice
102275Contextual Design Studies

One Specialisation unit from the selected unit pairing

One elective

Spring session

102276Graphic Design: Developing a Personal Portfolio
102277Design Research Project

One Specialisation unit from the selected unit pairing

And one elective

Students may exit with Bachelor of Design Studies after successful completion of 260 credit points in the first three years of the course sequence.

Year 4

1H session

102279Major Design Project

Autumn session

102278Professional Design Experience: The Studio

And one elective

2H session

102279Major Design Project

Spring session

102280Professional Design Experience: The Individual Practitioner

And one elective

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Elective Sub-major which may be available

SM1125Advertising Studies

Search for a sub-major

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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