Course

Bachelor of Design - Visual Communication (Dean's Scholars)

Approved Abbreviation: BDes(DeansSchol)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1737.1

Course Status: INACTIVE
This version of the course is no longer offered. Please use the course search to find courses currently available.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2015 or 2016.

The Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) gives you fundamental skills and knowledge in graphic design. The program is delivered through a series of practice-based and theoretical units and you will study areas such as image design, typography, design history, web design and branding. In years two and three you will choose two practice-based specialisms from the areas of interactive game and app design; motion design and data visualisation; illustration; and, photomedia. You may also study elective units from across the university, including advertising and media arts production. The fourth-year program is linked to an award winning in-house design studio where you will gain experience in a professional environment.

Throughout the program you will engage with individual and team-based projects, develop your conceptual thinking skills, use an extensive range of digital technologies and have access to our well-equipped creative studios. Students may exit with 1624 Bachelor of Design Studies after successful completion of the first three years of the program. This degree is exclusively for high-achieving students, and will continually challenge you to do even better and build on your academic success. Students in the Dean’s Scholars program are automatically enrolled in The Academy at Western Sydney University, which offers interdisciplinary leadership programs, professional development and local and international internship and engagement opportunities for students.

Study Mode
Four years full-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dan JohnstonenquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au

Accreditation
Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).

Inherent requirements

Inherent Requirements

Admission

ATAR score of at least 90 required.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local 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 Western Sydney University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

UAC

Course Structure

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

Recommended Sequence

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

102261Graphic Design: Understanding the Principles
102262Design Histories and Futures
102263Image Design

Spring session

102264Graphic Design: Process and Practice
101921Visual Storytelling
101922Web and Time-based Design

Year 2

As part of the course requirements, students are required to complete two pairs of the specialisation unit pairings. If they choose to, they can complete further practice-based units as elective choices.

Autumn session

102265Graphic Design: Interactive Digital Media
102266Researching the Visual

One unit from the following Specialisation unit pairing

101017Illustrating Narrative
102267Interactive Design: Apps
102268Photomedia: Photographic Practice
102273Motion Design

Spring session

102270Graphic Design: The Professional Context
101923Australian Design

One unit from the following Specialisation unit pairing

102271Illustrating Popular Culture
102272Interactive Design: Games
100941Photomedia: Fashion and Identity
102269Data Visualisation

Year 3

Autumn session

102274Social Design: Research and Practice
102275Contextual Design Studies

One unit from the following Specialisation unit pairing

101017Illustrating Narrative
102267Interactive Design: Apps
102268Photomedia: Photographic Practice
102273Motion Design

And one Academy sub-major unit

Spring session

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

One unit from the following Specialisation unit pairing

102271Illustrating Popular Culture
102272Interactive Design: Games
100941Photomedia: Fashion and Identity
102269Data Visualisation

And one Academy sub-major unit

Students may exit with 1624 Bachelor of Design Studies after successful completion of 240 credit points in the first three years of the course sequence.

Year 4

Autumn session

102278Professional Design Experience: The Studio

And one Academy sub-major unit

1H session

102279Major Design Project

Spring session

102280Professional Design Experience: The Individual Practitioner

And one Academy sub-major unit

2H session

102279Major Design Project

Academy Sub-major units

Applied Leadership sub-major

102211Creativity, Innovation and Design Thinking
102212Internship and Community Engagement
102250Ethical Leadership
200855Leadership in a Complex World


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