Add a suite of marketing skills to your design portfolio.
We now live in a technologically advanced age where being multi-skilled is a necessity. Designers need to not only be creative, they must know how to promote themselves, their work and the products they design for both themselves and their clients. A university degree in Design and Marketing gives you the skills to manage your own career, in both the design and the marketing and business side.
If you're passionate about design, and also want the marketing knowledge to develop your own business skills, this program is for you. You will learn the language of visual design and communication and will gradually build a professional quality portfolio through working on a range of applied projects.
In parallel, you will study a range of business and management subjects that will provide you with an understanding of the marketing functions essential to a wide range of organisations. You will learn how to identify and analyse marketing opportunities, develop strategic marketing plans, undertake marketing research, select target markets and forecast demand for a wide range of products and services. To do this, you will come understand the importance of the marketing mix, including aspects of product design, pricing, placement and promotion; and you will be able to analyse the marketing effectiveness of organisations with a focus on their sustainability.
During your studies, you will work with experienced and dedicated designers and marketing professionals and work on a range of real life projects. You are also given networking opportunities during the program that help you towards building your career. For those who wish to apply, there is also the opportunity to study overseas for a semester in one of USC’s many partner institutions. To read in detail about each of the courses you will undertake, click on the “What will I study?” link above.
You can work in multimedia and design across creative a range of industries, ranging from multiplatform publishing, web design, graphic design, marketing, corporate communications and, with this degree and some experience, you can even aim for opportunities in management roles.
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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.
30 November 2016
Elephant exhibition is one you’ll never forget
An exhibition of innovative student design works that will soon take pride of place in the Letaba Elephant Hall in South Africa will be officially opened at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery at 6.30pm tomorrow (Thursday 1 December).
28 October 2016
Marketing professionals offer advice to students
An impressive line-up of local marketing professionals will speak at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s inaugural Student Marketing Forum and Networking Event on Monday 31 October.
27 October 2016
Bribie Island graduate launches design career
Bribie Island resident Lani Machado, 21, has launched into a freelance design career after graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast.
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 (7) 84 units
COR109 Communication and Thought
BUS101 Business Analytics
BUS104 Introduction to Management
BUS105 Introduction to Marketing
DES101 The Language of Design
DES105 Introduction to Design and Concept
Developing and Graduate courses (13) 156 units
MKG210 Consumer Behaviour
MKG211 Services Marketing
MKG220 Marketing Communication
MKG222 Marketing of Social Causes
MKG322 Brand Management
MKG324 Contemporary and Emerging Marketing Perspectives
PLUS select 1 course (12 units) from:
IBS310 International Marketing
MKG212 Food Marketing
MKG221 Sport and Event Marketing
PLUS select 6 courses (72 units) from your chosen design study area:
Graphic Design major
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
e-Media Design major
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
Please note: Students must commence the advanced design courses in Semester 1 following the successful completion of DES105.
Elective courses (4) 48 units
Select 4 elective courses (48 units) either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering). 1 elective (12 units) must be an developing and graduate level (200/300 coded) course. These electives may be used to complete a minor in a second area of design (Graphic Design, e-Media Design).
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
- Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses (120 units), including the core course
- 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
- 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
New to USC?
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.