Bachelor of Design - Communication Design (Honours)

Swinburne University of Technology

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00111D

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.

Structure

  • 400 credit points comprising: 17 Core units (250 credit points)
  • A combination of 12.5 and 25 credit points
  • 4-6 Final year (honours) units (100 credit points)
  • 3-5 Other studies units (50 credit points)

Subjects

  • Concepts and Narratives
  • Digital Design
  • Packaging Design
  • Photography for Design
  • Typography
  • Visual Communication Studio
  • plus more

Standard 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.

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.

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.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Higher Education Hawthorn International: $125,120
  • ATAR: 88
No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time

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.

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