Visual Communication

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USC’s industry-focused Visual Communication major prepares you to work as a professional designer. Learn how graphic designers create graphics that communicate messages and evoke responses through the use of colour, texture, typography, images and symbols.

This major allows you to experience all aspects of the design process, specialise in a particular field, or combine interests in layout design, advertising, photography, illustration or branding.

Learn the analytical and problem-solving skills you need to create dynamic ideas, using the theoretical principles and aesthetic design concepts that underpin good design. As part of your major, you will undertake industry projects and internships and create a professional portfolio to display in a shared graduate exhibition.

Career opportunities

Graphic designer, art director, creative director, advertising designer, book designer, illustrator, product designer, photographic editor.

Major (8)

For a major in Visual Communication, students must successfully complete 8 courses:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
DES101 The Language of Design
  • Semester 1
Anti: ADN110
DES105 Introduction to Design and ConceptSunshine Coast: Semester 2
Caboolture: Semester 2
Anti: ADN100
DES211 Visual Identity
  • Semester 1
 
DES212 Visual Communication & Meaning
  • Semester 2
 
DES305 Branding and Package Design
  • Semester 1
Anti: DES213
DES306 Art of Illustration and Design
  • Semester 1
Anti: DES214
CMN311 Industry Project 1: Communication, Creativity and Design
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Session 8
Pre: At least 16 courses with a GPA of at least 5.7 and permission required for enrolment – please contact the Course Coordinator.
DES309 Design Portfolio
  • Semester 2
Pre: Enrolled in Program AR312, AR313, AR314 or AR317
Anti: DES216 or DES226 or DES236

Minor (4)

For a minor in Visual Communication, students must successfully complete 4 courses:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
DES105 Introduction to Design and ConceptSunshine Coast: Semester 2
Caboolture: Semester 2
Anti: ADN100
DES211 Visual Identity
  • Semester 1
 
DES212 Visual Communication & Meaning
  • Semester 2
 
DES305 Branding and Package Design
  • Semester 1
Anti: DES213

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