Graphic Design, Major

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0073

Previous Code: M1116.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University programs?  No

The Graphic Design major provides students from outside the Design program with a comprehensive introduction to fundamental skills and knowledge in graphic design. The major is delivered through a series of practice-based and theoretical subjects and you will study areas such as image design, contextual design studies, web design and branding. In addition, you will have the opportunity to choose a practice-based specialisation from the areas of interactive design; digital design; illustration and photomedia.

Location

Campus Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal enquiriesHCA@uws.edu.au

Major Structure

Students must successfully complete 80 credit points as follows

Creative Industries Students

Creative Industries students must complete one of the following two subjects as their Introduction to Major subject as part of the core requirements for their program.

Subject Title Credit Points
DESN 1011Image Design10
DESN 1021Web and Time-based Design10

To complete this major, Creative Industries students must enrol into whichever level 1 subject they did not complete as their Introduction to major subject.

Design Pairings

Subject Title Credit Points
Illustration
DESN 2007Illustrating Narrative10
DESN 3007Illustrating Popular Culture10
Interactive
DESN 3008Interactive Design: Apps10
COMM 2019Interactive Design: Games10
Photomedia
VISU 3002Photomedia: Fashion and Identity10
DESN 2013Photomedia: Photographic Practice10
Digital Design
DESN 3002Data Visualisation10
DESN 2011Motion Design10

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this major requires the successful completion of 80 credit points as per the recommended sequence below

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
Select one of the following: 10
Image Design  
Web and Time-based Design (Also available in Spring)  
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Autumn session
DESN 2014 Researching the Visual 10
Select one subject from the selected Design Pairing 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
DESN 2001 Australian Design 10
Select one subject from the selected Design Pairing 10
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Autumn session
DESN 3013 Social Design: Research and Practice 10
DESN 3001 Contextual Design Studies 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
DESN 3006 Graphic Design: Developing a Personal Portfolio 10
 Credit Points10
 Total Credit Points80

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
Students must choose either DESN 1021 (available in Spring) or DESN 1011 (available in Autumn) 10
Web and Time-based Design  
Image Design  
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
DESN 2014 Researching the Visual 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Spring session
DESN 2001 Australian Design 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
DESN 3001 Contextual Design Studies 10
Select one subject from the selected Design Pairing 10
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Spring session
DESN 3006 Graphic Design: Developing a Personal Portfolio 10
Select one subject from the selected Design Pairing 10
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
DESN 3013 Social Design: Research and Practice 10
 Credit Points10
 Total Credit Points80