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Diploma in Design/Bachelor of Graphic Design (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

Approved Abbreviation: DGraphDes/BGraphDes


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6013.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096973G


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


The Bachelor of Graphic Design (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) is a three-year degree specially designed to lead into the Master of Teaching (Secondary), an accredited postgraduate teaching qualification. Together, the two degrees provide direct access to a teaching career and improved prospects for career advancement.

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, you will develop a focus on digital design, photography, and graphics technology, enabling you to develop two teaching disciplines, Design & Technology and Graphics & Multimedia Technology. You will also have the opportunity to study an Education Studies sub-major, where you will gain an understanding of contemporary education issues, teaching and learning. As well as being equipped with the necessary elements of an initial teacher qualification, you will be prepared for professional graphic design practice and associated alternate employment opportunities in design.

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.

For further information concerning the requirements for secondary teaching, students are advised to consult the Subject Content Requirements for Primary and Secondary Teaching NSW (Abridged) from the NSW Institute of Teachers or the School of Education.

http://www.nswteachers.nsw.edu.au/future-returning-teachers/become-a-teacher/high-school/

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 Graphic Design (Pathway to Teaching Secondary).

Bachelor of Graphic Design (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Course Advice

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

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctPart TimeInternal See above

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 260 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.

Full-time

Year 1

Preparatory units

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

Students must pass the following University level units

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

Bachelor of Graphic Design (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

Parramatta (Victoria Road) Campus

First Teaching Area - Design

Students must complete the following Design Specialisations as their first teaching area.

Design Specialisation 1: Photomedia

100941Photomedia: Fashion and Identity
102268Photomedia: Photographic Practice

Design Specialisation 2: Digital Design

102269Data Visualisation
102273Motion Design

Second Teaching Area - Visualisation

Students must also complete the following Visualisation submajor

SM3084Visualisation

Education Studies

Students must also complete the following Education Studies sub-major.

SM1100Education Studies

Note: For Education Studies sub-major - 10 credit points at level 1 or 2, and 30 credit points at level 3

Year 2

Autumn session

102266Researching the Visual
102268Photomedia: Photographic Practice

Visualisation sub-major unit

Education Studies sub-major unit

Spring session

101923Australian Design
100941Photomedia: Fashion and Identity

Visualisation sub-major unit

Education Studies sub-major unit

Year 3

Autumn session

102275Contextual Design Studies
102273Motion Design

Visualisation sub-major unit

Education Studies sub-major unit

Spring session

102276Graphic Design: Developing a Personal Portfolio
102269Data Visualisation

Visualisation sub-major unit

Education Studies sub-major unit



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