Sketch out your future in design.
Do you see things differently to other people and have a drive to develop a unique creative style? Develop skills to communicate visually and work in Graphic Design, Electronic Media and 3D-Design.
Today’s designers must be able to easily cross over the borders of art, design and technology – both multidisciplinary and internationally, which is why at USC we believe in an integrated, cross-media design program. You will learn to think creatively, independently and analytically, solve design related problems, conceptualise and effectively communicate your ideas within small classes taught by academics with extensive industry experience. You will have many opportunities to work across various disciplines through our hands-on approach.
Our strong industry focus ensures our teaching staff, guest lectures, workshops and alignment with industry bodies, including AGDA and Analogue Digital, introduce you to current trends in the design industry. The advanced editing course and hands-on experience with industry standard software will fine-tune your design skills.
Choose elective courses to focus your study in the areas of creative advertising, public relations, journalism, creative writing, marketing and other areas. In your final year, complete an internship in a design related business or work on a professional project for a client. Gain valuable real-world experience while building your design portfolio and reputation with client commissioned works. Your work will be exhibited in the USC Art Gallery to give you exposure to the industry and potential employers.
3D design; e-Media design; graphic design.
Advertising, animation, information visualisation, special effects (FX), packaging, publishing, visual communication or 3D, graphic, interpretive, multimedia, photography or web design.
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22 November 2017
Oscar winner at USC children’s media symposium
Oscar-winning illustrator Shaun Tan and renowned children’s author and USC Professor of Creative Writing Gary Crew will be among the drawcards for this Saturday’s sessions of the Children’s Media Symposium starting at USC Sunshine Coast on Friday (24 November).
2 November 2017
USC conference draws experts in Australian children’s media
A three-day Children’s Media Symposium at USC Sunshine Coast from 24-26 November is attracting some of Australia’s leading stars of popular children’s television, internet and books.
25 October 2017
View the shape of things to come at art gallery
The digital design work and commercial graphic portfolios of advanced-level Design students will be on display at the USC Art Gallery until Saturday 18 November.
13 April 2017
USC graduate starts graphic design career
Nundah resident Gabrielle Neil has landed a high-level role with a franchise development firm in Brisbane after completing a Bachelor of Computer-Based Design at USC.
23 March 2017
Student work celebrated in Africa
Four USC representatives have attended the official re-opening of the famous Letaba Elephant Hall in South Africa’s Kruger National Park this week.
14 March 2017
USC representatives to attend celebration in Africa
Four USC representatives will be among the guests attending the official re-opening of the famous Letaba Elephant Hall in South Africa’s Kruger National Park on Monday 20 March.
What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Introductory courses (8) 96 units
COR109 Communication and Thought
CMN102 Creativity and Communication
DES101 The Language of Design
DES102 Visual Storytelling
DES103 Fundamentals of Photographic Practice
DES104 Art, Design and Visual Culture
DES105 Introduction to Design and Concept
Developing and Graduate courses (11) 132 units
CMN213 Editing for the Communications Professional
PLUS select 10 required courses (120 units):
- Select 6 advanced level (200/300 coded) courses (72 units) from one of the following streams for a major
- Select 4 advanced level (200/300 coded) courses (48 units) from a second stream for a minor.
DES211 Visual Identity
DES212 Visual Communication & Meaning
DES213 Graphic Design C
DES214 Graphic Design D
DES215 Graphic Design E - Internship/Professional Project
DES216 Graphic Design F - Professional Portfolio
DES221 Introduction to Interaction & UX Design
DES222 Responsive Website Design
DES223 e-Media C
DES224 e-Media D
DES225 e-media E - Internship/Professional Project
DES226 e-Media F - Professional Portfolio
DES231 Animation and Visualisation Design
DES232 3D Animation and Visualisation Design
DES233 3D Design C
DES234 3D Design D
DES235 3D Design E - Internship/Professional Project
DES236 3D Design F - Professional Portfolio
Elective courses (5) 60 units
Select 5 elective courses (60 units) from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering). 3 electives (36 units) must be developing and graduate level (200/300 coded) courses.
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 288
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- The 6 developing and graduate courses (72 units) from one of the design streams, plus DES101 and DES105, will constitute a major in that stream. The 4 developing and graduate courses (48 units) from one of the design streams will constitute a minor in that stream
- Students can convert their chosen minor into a second major by taking 2 further advanced DES courses (24 units) in that stream
- Students must commence the advanced design courses in Semester 1 following the successful completion of DES105
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
- You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
- Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
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Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to make sure you are studying the right courses at the right time so you complete the required unit value to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
It is each student's responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements, and to be aware of the academic calendar dates.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.