Bachelor of Design - Communication Design (Honours)

Swinburne University of Technology

The Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours) is designed to equip students to become imaginative and advanced communication designers and researchers. Through strong links with industry, the course offers students the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to seek employment in advanced areas of communication design. Students develop high-end strategic and critical thinking skills informed by the latest research and practice. They learn how to create powerful, innovative and refined design solutions to meet the needs of the communication design industry. The degree offers students mentoring by experts via industry-focused workshops. Students have the opportunity to build networks through an embedded industry placement and participation in industry projects. Alternatively they can apply to work in the Design Factory Melbourne in their final year of study.

Course Fee:

Australian: $25,776
International: $118,120

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; VCE Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL); and Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 20 in one of Art, Interactive Digital Media C or VCE VET Creative and Digital Media, Product Design and Technology, Media, Studio Arts or Visual Communication Design. Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply. English language requirements - satisfactory completion of one of the following: Swinburne's English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 65%, all skills 65%; minimum IELTS overall band of 6.0 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 75 with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20; Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 50 (no communicative skills less than 50); any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency. Note: A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) can now be done on campus in Hawthorn.

Structure:

400 credit points comprising: 12 Core units (150 credit points); A combination of 12.5 and 25 credit point units from one of the Communication Design major streams (200 credit points) (Communication Design stream, Design Factory Melbourne Projects, Design Factory Melbourne Global Projects) ; 4 units for Other studies (50 credit points)

Subjects you can Study:

Communication design

Study Pathways:

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides advanced standing to the second. Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Further information:

Swinburne's Work Integrated Learning program provides students with opportunities to gain invaluable skills and confidence in knowing that they have what it takes to land a job in their field by graduation. Students can also earn credit towards their degree. Choose from 6- or 12-month professional placements, professional internships, industry-linked projects, industry study tours and accreditation placements. Note: Some Work Integrated Learning opportunities are not available to international students due to visa restrictions.

Recognition:

Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and should confirm their eligibility with these entities.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00111D

Related Careers:

Graphic Designer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Higher Education Hawthorn 91.2 No Full time 4 years
Higher Education Hawthorn 91.2 No Part time

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For over 100 years, Swinburne has been creating students and grads who lead the worlds in which they study, work and live. 

  • Dimity Hawkins, a graduate, co-founded the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won a Nobel Peace Prize (2017).
  • Our film and television students win more awards at international film festivals than any other university. 
  • Our engineering students design, build and race their own Formula SAE car and showcase it at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.
  • Our information technology students create live network systems in our three state-of-the-art Cisco networking labs.
  • Our design school is in the Top 40 worldwide (2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject) and our students collaborate with universities in Finland, China and Chile on projects in the Swinburne Design Factory.
  • Many other graduates have gone on to work at places like NAB, Telstra, IBM and ANZ Bank. 

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Beyond that, we prioritise your learning experience above all else. Swinburne was ranked in the top three in Victoria for student satisfaction, outstripping the national average (QILT Student Experience Survey 2016). 

With that goal in mind, we recently launched the Bachelor of Engineering Practice – Australia’s first engineering degree that uses project-based learning, while eliminating lectures and exams. And that’s just for a start.

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