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.

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, Product Design and Technology, Media, Interactive Digital Media C, Studio Arts or Visual Communication Design. Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply. Satisfactory completion of one of the following: 1. Swinburne's English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 65%, all skills 65%; 2. Minimum IELTS overall band of 6.0 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; 3. TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 75 with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20; 4. Pearson (PTE) 50 (no communicative skills less than 50); 5. Any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.

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

Swinburne is preparing students to face their future with confidence by ensuring they have the skills to adapt in a fast-changing world. Join the thousands of Swinburne graduates who have great jobs; check out our LinkedIn profile to see where our graduates are working. Employers include National Australia Bank, Telstra, IBM and ANZ Bank.

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Swinburne provides students with access to high-quality teaching, exposure to high-impact global research and active engagement with both industry and the community. Swinburne is also a pioneer in making educational opportunities accessible to a wider audience by offering a broad range of degrees online.

At Swinburne you’ll:

  • receive an education from a globally recognised university — ranked in the top 400 universities in https://www.facebook.com/swinburneuniversityoftechnology/the world by the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • build employability skills through our long tradition as one of Australia’s most industry-connected universities
  • join more than 150,000 alumni around the world whose careers have benefitted from their experiences at Swinburne.

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Our courses

At Swinburne you’ll benefit from opportunities to connect with industry and engage in interdisciplinary projects in any course you undertake. Our students gain exclusive access to our huge range of industry partners. Our Industry-Based Learning program has been operating for more than 50 years. Every bachelor degree student is able to access either an industry-based placement or industry-based project.

Swinburne offers courses across a range of study levels and disciplines, from engineering, arts and business to science, design and law. You can combine learning on campus with studying part time or online, ensuring flexibility in your course.

Our teaching staff are talented individuals who bring industry experience to their teaching. They ensure your classroom experience has an applied focus rather than just offering theory-based learning.

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Get hands-on

At Swinburne you’ll have access to facilities and technology that are used in industry and get hands-on experience that is not available to students at other universities.

Our physics students make groundbreaking discoveries; our engineering students showcase their work at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix; our film and television students win more awards at international film festivals than other university; and our design graduates are recognised as some of the nation’s best designers.

Depending on your chosen course you could:

  • access our state-of-the-art film, television and animation production facilities in their new home at our Hawthorn campus
  • create live network systems in our three state-of-the-art Cisco networking labs
  • work with students from universities in Finland, China and Chile on projects in the Swinburne Design Factory.

Professional recognition

Our business, engineering and ICT degrees are professionally accredited by leading industry organisations.


Our campuses

Life at Swinburne is about more than going to classes and studying for exams. Our campuses are vibrant communities that offer a lively and varied social experience.

Just 10 minutes from the centre of Melbourne, our main campus in Hawthorn is the hub of our teaching, research and development activities. Located in one of the city’s most attractive inner suburbs, and with a train station on campus, our Hawthorn campus offers a desirable student lifestyle. Students who wish to live on campus can choose from a residential college or independent apartment options.

Swinburne also maintains two campuses in Melbourne’s outer-eastern suburbs and established a campus in Sarawak, Malaysia, in 2000.

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Scholarships

We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. Swinburne scholarships provide an opportunity to make your goals a reality. Scholarships are available to students in recognition of academic excellence, community service, financial hardship or the need to relocate from regional areas.

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