Bachelor of Design - Communication Design

RMIT University

Communication Design refers to the shaping of communication across all aspects of contemporary society through design, from commercial, entertainment, and education, to environmental, cultural and civic sectors. This course prepares students to be locally and internationally aware and capable of working across a range of domains and industries, including graphic design, advertising, branding and illustration consultancies, as well as design and communication units within corporate, government and non-government organisations. Students learn skills alongside a strong selection of talented peers in excellent studio-based facilities. Throughout the course students develop skills in negotiating a consensus among participants with a range of interests in the design outcome. Students learn how a visual strategy can contribute to all phases of the problem-solving process in any enterprise. Students have the opportunity to undertake internships/industry engagements and study abroad.

Course Fee:

Australian: $95,040
International: $100,800

Entry Requirements:

Year 12; Prerequisites: Units 3 & 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English; Pre-Selection Kit; folio

Subjects you can Study:

Communications, Conceptual exploration, Design practice, Design strategy, Design theory, Digital media, Identity design, Illustration, Media, Print design, Professional practice, Publication design, Service design, Typography, Visual communication, Web design.

Study Pathways:

You are guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) from other RMIT programs. If you achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design, you will receive 2 semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 96 credit points). If you achieve below the minimum GPA, you may still apply and will need to participate in a folio presentation. If you achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the Associate Degree in Graphic Design, you will receive 4 semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 192 credit points). If you achieve below the minimum GPA, you may still apply and will need to participate in a folio presentation.

Further information:

Graduates can expect to work within graphic design consultancies, interdisciplinary consultancies, publishing houses, new media/multimedia studios and advertising agencies.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City No info No Full time 3 years

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

  • International student support and personal counselling
  • Career advice and resume building workshops
  • Job opportunities and industry networking events
  • Accommodation assistance 
  • Disability services
  • Financial advice
  • Small business and entrepreneurial start up support 
  • Health information 
  • Safety and security services
  • Legal advice
  • Child care
  • Student clubs and social, cultural and sporting activities
  • Spiritual support.

Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

Interest areas include:

The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

If you would like any further information, please complete an enquiry form for local or international students. 


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