Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

Accessibility links

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

Breadcrumbs

Program summary

Create visual communication that motivates, educates, entertains and inspires

Visual Communication is where creative art meets technology and function, transforming words and pictures into powerful designs that persuade, inform and engage specific target audiences. In an increasingly visual world, a range of exciting career paths are emerging in the design and media industries. Guided by industry and discipline experts, you will find design solutions to real life problems and challenges and experience all aspects of the design process.

In this program you will:

  • Gain a strong foundation of theoretical principles and aesthetic design concepts and apply what you’ve learnt with real-life design-studio practice.
  • Learn the skills you need to convey dynamic ideas and create effective visual communications using colour, texture, typography, imagery, style, and symbols.
  • Specialise in a field or combine multidisciplinary interests in layout design, packaging, advertising, photography, illustration, branding and image management.
  • Undertake real-world industry projects and internships, and produce a professional portfolio to showcase your work, displayed in a graduate exhibition, and retained as a digital portfolio.
  • Benefit from teaching staff, facilities, guest lectures, off-campus excursions, events and workshops that align with current industry practice and trends.
Career opportunities:
  • Creative Director
  • Advertising Art Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Production designer – theatre/film/television
  • Packaging Designer
  • Printmaker
  • Visual Communication Designer
  • Image Designer – illustration/photography

Application and admission advice

Success! Thank you Something went wrong! {{responseMessage}}
Contact Student Central

information@usc.edu.au
+61 7 5430 2890
Ground floor, Building C, Sippy Downs

What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (8) 96 units

CMN101 Introduction to Creative Entrepreneurship
COR109 Communication and Thought
DES101 The Language of Design
DES102 Visual Storytelling
DES104 Art, Design and Visual Culture
DES105 Introduction to Design and Concept
DES106 Design in Application
DES107 Drawing Practice

Developing and Graduate courses (8) 96 units

CMN311 Industry Project 1: Communication, Creativity and Design
CMN313 Creativity, Design and Communication Project
DES200 Design Futures
DES211 Visual Identity
DES212 Visual Communication & Meaning
DES305 Branding and Package Design
DES306 Art of Illustration and Design
DES309 Design Portfolio

Elective courses (8) 96 units

Select 8 elective courses from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law) or (Science, Health, Education and Engineering). Students are strongly encouraged to use their electives to complete an additional major or minor in the Design disciplines.

Please note the total number of introductory courses that can be undertaken in this program is 120 units (10 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
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level courses, including core courses
Program Notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 units 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 academic calendar dates
  • 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 Student visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?

Exceptions

The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • 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 / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

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).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

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.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling in askUSC, or contact Student Central.

Back to top

Pro tip: To search, just start typing - at any time, on any page.

Searching {{ model.SearchType }} for returned more than {{ model.MaxResults }} results.
The top {{ model.MaxResults }} of {{ model.TotalItems }} are shown below.

Searching {{ model.SearchType }} for returned {{ model.TotalItems }} results.

Searching {{ model.SearchType }} for returned no results.