Bachelor of Design - Visual Communication

Western Sydney University

This program gives students fundamental skills and knowledge in graphic design. The program is delivered through a series of practice-based and theoretical units and students will study areas such as image design, typography, design history, web design and branding. In years two and three, students choose two practice-based specialisms from the areas of interactive game and app design; motion design and data visualisation; illustration and photomedia. Students may also study elective units from across the university including advertising and media arts production. The fourth-year program is linked to an award winning in-house design studio where students will gain experience in a professional environment. Throughout the program students will engage with individual and team-based projects, develop conceptual thinking skills, use an extensive range of digital technologies and have access to well-equipped creative studios.

Course Fee:

International: $101,920

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; recommended: one or more of Design and Technology, Visual Arts, Information Processes and Technology


320 credit points. Includes individual and team-based project work, concept development, studio practice, extensive use of advanced computer technologies and opportunities to engage with real community and industry projects as a component of the study program. A minimum work placement of 90 hours is required.

Subjects you can Study:

Interactive design; Graphic design; Illustration; Photomedia

Study Pathways:

A fourth-year Honours program is available for students wishing to undertake a substantial design thesis. Students may exit with Bachelor of Design Studies after successful completion of the first three years of the program.

Further information:

The Exceptional Merit Pathway (EMP) will offer those students who demonstrate design ability and skills the opportunity to receive a direct offer. This will be assessed at a Design and Career Portfolio Day, as part of which students will have their portfolio of visual work assessed by staff and receive an interview.


Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00917K; 02851G (WS, The College)

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parramatta 65.1 No Full time 4 years
Parramatta 65.1 No Part time 8 years
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Provider CRICOS: 00917K; 02851G (WS, The College)

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