What will I learn?
If you are interested in designing visual communications that make an impact and want to learn from industry professionals in a stimulating, creative environment, this degree is a great choice.
Our teaching is informed by our research - 97 per cent of which is at or above world class1 - so you can be assured that by studying this degree at UniSA you will take away industry-relevant skills and knowledge. Many of our teaching staff are also professional designers, so the curriculum is industry-relevant and highly practical in nature.
On campus, our custom-built workshops, digital printing facilities and design studios ensure you have the opportunity to further develop valuable practical skills. In addition to these world-class facilities, you will benefit from our strong industry links and award-winning teaching staff and academics. Our teaching staff received top ratings in the 2017 Good Universities Guide for teaching and staff qualifications.
For high achieving students there is also the opportunity to complete a one-year Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours) degree.
Graduates enjoy careers in a variety of roles, such as:
communications designer: specialised graphic designer that uses software applications to create visual design elements for publishers, web developers and multimedia companies
graphic designer: create visual concepts to inspire, inform or captivate an audience
art director/creative director: responsible for the visual aspects of a publication, campaign, or other published material; a chief liaison between the client and designers
animation and motion designer: use graphic software to create animated images
illustrator: produce still drawings for use in advertisements, magazines, on packaging, greeting cards and in newspapers
typographer: create the typeface that graphically reflects a client is brief
web designer: create and maintain websites, this may include the design, layout and coding
What you'll learn:
With an emphasis on studio-based learning, research-led practice, creativity and teamwork you will graduate with the ability to design effective communications applied to diverse contexts. You will:
learn to design visual communication, from information and publication design, identity, branding and design strategy, to design for motion and interaction
develop practical and technical skills in typography and image design in a variety of media
learn how to integrate creative skill with design thinking methods to address wide-ranging communication tasks and scenarios
Communication design is a practice based on creative and critical thinking integrated with craft and technical skill. Throughout this degree you will learn how to respond effectively to communication problems through design as you develop the skills to articulate ideas and approaches and to working independently and in a team.
Mid-year entry is not available for International students.
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:
SAIBT Diploma of Arts
Future study opportunities:
Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours)
Master of Design (Communication Design)
Master of Design (Sustainable Design)
Which department am I in? School of Art, Architecture and Design
Students must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 program. English language requirements: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall 6.0 (with 6.0 in Reading and Writing) obtained within the last two years, or a corresponding result via one of the alternative English language tests recognized by the University.
To be eligible for selection, applicants are required to:
Qualify for the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), and
obtain a competitive ATAR, and
meet any prerequisite requirements with a minimum grade of C-
Alternatively, applicants can fulfil one of the following requirements with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements, and other academic requirements for the program:
Complete secondary education qualifications equivalent to SACE, or
Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, or
Complete or partly complete a recognised higher education program at a recognised higher education institution, or
Complete at least four Open Universities Australia (OUA) courses at undergraduate level or above, or
Complete an award from a registered training organisation at Certificate IV level or above, or
Qualify for Special Entry, or
Complete a University Foundation Studies program
English Language Requirements:
IELTS score of 6.0; TOEFL iBT score of 60 with Reading and Writing not less than 18; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 550 with TWE of 4.5; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 169; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 50 with Reading and Writing communicative scores not less than 50; CELUSA score of AE4.
Offered by other partners
This university accepts pathways courses from Australian Pacific College
A$25,400.00 (US$ 19,868) per year
26 February 2018, 25 June 2018
University of South Australia City West Campus, 217-243 Hindley Street, ADELAIDE, South Australia, 5000, ADELAIDE, Australia