Deakin University

Bachelor of Design - Visual Communication

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

Enter the dynamic world of professional design with Deakin’s Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication). Learn the tools, strategies and design thinking methodologies required to be an adaptive, multidisciplinary communications designer. From day one you’ll learn to shape your ideas into smart and influential concepts under the guidance of industry leaders and established designers. Combine studies from related disciplines, including creative coding, photography and animation, and engrain your skills through practical learning. You can let your creativity run free and practise with the same tools and technologies professionals use in our world-class design facilities. And in your final year, you’ll enter the studio to work on a real client project, with the opportunity to showcase your finished product to the public. This practical experience prepares you for the challenges of your future role, and ensures you graduate ready to make a real impact in the rapidly changing field of design.


A total of 24 credit points and includes 18 credit points of core units and 6 credit points of elective units.


  • Branding design, Conceptual thinking, Creative arts, Design thinking, Digital imaging, Multimedia design, Pre-press, Publication design, Typography, Visual communication strategies

Standard entry requirements

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations. Deakin University uses a range of selection criteria for course entry. Applicants may submit an optional portfolio of work to showcase their talents and strengthen their application. The portfolio will be used to adjust your rank and increase your chances of being selected. To be eligible for this adjustment, portfolios should satisfy the requirements specified via the Deakin University website by the submission deadline.Selection is competitive, meeting these minimum requirements or their equivalents does not guarantee selection into this course. All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please refer to this course entry on the Deakin University website to read about ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement. For more detailed information about additional course requirements for all applicant groups, or equivalent minimum requirements for applicants with a higher education study, VET study or work and life experience refer to the Deakin University website.

Study pathways

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Geelong Waterfront
  • ATAR: 56
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
Melbourne Burwood
  • ATAR: 51
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Geelong Waterfront, Melbourne Burwood.

Course fee shown is indicative and actual fees may vary.

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