Bachelor of Design - Visual Communication (Dean's Scholars)

  • Effective from: 2017
  • Approved Abbreviation: BDes(DeansSchol)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1737
  • AQF Level: 7

This program applies to students who commenced in 2017or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

Commencement Year 2015-2016 - 1737.1 Bachelor of Design - Visual Communication (Dean's Scholars)

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Alison Gill

The Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) Dean’s Scholars degree will provide you with fundamental skills and knowledge to communicate ideas and information across a wide range of visual media. With an emphasis on studio-based practice, you will study areas such as image design, typography, layout design, branding, design history, research methods, and web-based design. From year two, there are opportunities to engage with live community or industry projects, and you will choose two practical specialisations from the following pairs: motion design and data visualisation; game and app design; illustration; and photography. Throughout the program you will engage with individual and team-based projects, develop your conceptual thinking skills, use a variety of traditional and emerging technologies, and expand your creative practice. In year four you will take a position in our award-winning teaching design studio where you will gain experience in a professional learning environment, preparing you for work in an exciting and evolving industry. Students may exit with 1624 Bachelor of Design Studies after successful completion of the first three years of the program.

This degree is exclusively for high-achieving students, and will continually challenge you to do even better and build on your academic success. Students in the Dean’s Scholars program are automatically enrolled in The Academy at Western Sydney University, which offers interdisciplinary leadership programs, professional development and local and international internship and engagement opportunities for students.

Study Mode

Four years full-time or part-time equivalent.

Program Advice

Dan Johnston

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above

Accreditation

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

Inherent Requirements

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

Admission

ATAR score of at least 90 required.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).  Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points including the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students must complete two pairs of specialisation subject pairings. Students can also choose to complete further specialisation subjects as elective choices.

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

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
DESN 1009 Graphic Design: Understanding the Principles 20
DESN 1003 Design Histories and Futures 10
DESN 1011 Image Design 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
DESN 1007 Graphic Design: Process and Practice 20
DESN 1018 Visual Storytelling 10
DESN 1021 Web and Time-based Design 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
DESN 2005 Graphic Design: Interactive Digital Media 20
DESN 2014 Researching the Visual 10
Select one subject of the following Specialisation subject pairing: 10
Illustrating Narrative  
Interactive Design: Games  
Motion Design  
Photomedia: Photographic Practice  
 Credit Points40
Spring session
DESN 2006 Graphic Design: The Professional Context 20
DESN 2001 Australian Design 10
Select one subject of the following Specialisation subject pairing: 10
Data Visualisation  
Illustrating Popular Culture  
Interactive Design: Apps  
Photomedia: Fashion and Identity  
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
DESN 3013 Social Design: Research and Practice 10
DESN 3001 Contextual Design Studies 10
Select one subject of the following Specialisation subject pairing: 10
Illustrating Narrative  
Interactive Design: Games  
Motion Design  
Photomedia: Photographic Practice  
Select one Academy minor subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
DESN 3006 Graphic Design: Developing a Personal Portfolio 10
DESN 3003 Design Research Project 10
Select one subject of the following Specialisation subject pairing: 10
Data Visualisation  
Illustrating Popular Culture  
Interactive Design: Apps  
Photomedia: Fashion and Identity  
Select one Academy minor subject 10
Students may exit with 1624 Bachelor of Design Studies after successful completion of 240 credit points in the first three years of the program sequence.  
 Credit Points40
Year 4
Autumn session
DESN 4007 Professional Design Experience: The Studio 20
Select one Academy minor subject 10
 Credit Points30
2H session
DESN 4005 Major Design Project 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
DESN 4006 Professional Design Experience: The Individual Practitioner 20
Select one Academy minor subject 10
 Credit Points30
1H session
DESN 4005 Major Design Project 10
 Credit Points10
 Total Credit Points320

Academy Minor Subjects

Please note: Applied Leadership, Minor (0178) has been replaced by Creative Leadership, Minor (0286) from 2022. Continuing students enrolled in 0178 are able to remain in and successfully complete the subjects requirements of this minor.

Subject Title Credit Points
DESN 2016Creativity, Design Thinking and Visualisation10
CULT 3011Ethical Leadership10
BEHV 2007Internship and Community Engagement10
BUSM 101610

Equivalent subject

The subject listed below counts towards completion of this minor for students who passed this subject in 2021 or earlier.

DESN 2002 - Creativity, Innovation and Design Thinking