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

Approved Abbreviation: BDes(DeansSchol)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1737.2

AQF Level: 7

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


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 2017 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2015-2016 - 1737.1 Bachelor of Design - Visual Communication (Dean's Scholars)

The Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) Dean’s Scholars 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. 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. 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 or part-time equivalent.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dan JohnstonenquiriesHCA@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
Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).

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

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). 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 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.

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

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

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.

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 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

100941Photomedia: Fashion and Identity
102268Photomedia: Photographic Practice

Digital Design

102269Data Visualisation
102273Motion Design

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

Autumn session

102265Graphic Design: Interactive Digital Media
102266Researching the Visual

One unit from the following Specialisation unit pairing

101017Illustrating Narrative
102272Interactive Design: Games
102273Motion Design
102268Photomedia: Photographic Practice

Spring session

102270Graphic Design: The Professional Context
101923Australian Design

One unit from the following Specialisation unit pairing

102269Data Visualisation
102271Illustrating Popular Culture
102267Interactive Design: Apps
100941Photomedia: Fashion and Identity

Year 3

Autumn session

102274Social Design: Research and Practice
102275Contextual Design Studies

One unit from the following Specialisation unit pairing

101017Illustrating Narrative
102272Interactive Design: Games
102273Motion Design
102268Photomedia: Photographic Practice

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

102269Data Visualisation
102271Illustrating Popular Culture
102267Interactive Design: Apps
100941Photomedia: Fashion and Identity

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
102250Ethical Leadership
102212Internship and Community Engagement
200855Leadership in a Complex World


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