Bachelor of Graphic Design (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) (1843)

  • Approved Abbreviation: BGraphDes
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1843
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 095721C

This program applies to students who commenced in 2021 or later. 

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

Commencement Year 2017 to 2020 - 1843.1 Bachelor of Graphic Design (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

The Bachelor of Graphic Design (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) is a three-year degree specially designed to lead into the Master of Teaching (Secondary), an accredited postgraduate teaching qualification. Together, the two degrees provide direct access to a teaching career and improved prospects for career advancement.

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, you will develop a focus on digital design, photography, and graphics technology, enabling you to develop two teaching disciplines, Design & Technology and Graphics & Multimedia Technology. In year three you will also study an Education Studies minor, where you will gain an understanding of contemporary education issues, teaching and learning. As well as being equipped with the necessary elements of an initial teacher qualification, you will be prepared for professional graphic design practice and associated alternate employment opportunities in design. Students who complete this degree will gain 40 credit points of advanced standing towards the first semester of theMaster of Teaching (Secondary).

For further information concerning the requirements for secondary teaching, students are advised to consult the Subject Content Requirements for Primary and Secondary Teaching NSW (Abridged) from the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) or the School of Education. Content Knowledge Requirements

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Michelle Catanzaro

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Program Advice

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

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


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


Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.

Recommended studies: One or more of Design and Technology, Visual Arts, Information Processes and Technology.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. 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 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.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

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 240 credit points.

Core Subjects

Students must successfully complete 10 core subjects as follows.

Subject Title Credit Points
DESN 2001Australian Design10
DESN 3001Contextual Design Studies10
DESN 3006Graphic Design: Developing a Personal Portfolio10
DESN 1009Graphic Design: Understanding the Principles20
DESN 1003Design Histories and Futures10
DESN 1007Graphic Branding and Identity20
DESN 1011Image Design10
DESN 2014Researching the Visual10
DESN 1018Visual Storytelling10
DESN 1021Web and Time-based Design10
Total Credit Points120

First Teaching Area - Design and Technology

Students must complete the following Design key field of study as their first teaching area.

Subject Title Credit Points
Design Specialisation 1: Photomedia
VISU 3002Photomedia: Fashion and Identity10
DESN 2013Photomedia: Photographic Practice10
Design Specialisation 2: Digital Design
DESN 3002Data Visualisation10
DESN 2011Motion Design10
Total Credit Points40

Second Teaching Area - Graphics and Multimedia

Students must complete one of the following minors:

Education Studies

Students must also complete the following Education Studies minor.

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

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 Branding and Identity 20
DESN 1021 Web and Time-based Design 10
DESN 1018 Visual Storytelling 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
DESN 2014 Researching the Visual 10
DESN 2013 Photomedia: Photographic Practice 10
Select two Graphics and Multimedia minor subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
DESN 2001 Australian Design 10
VISU 3002 Photomedia: Fashion and Identity 10
Select two Graphics and Multimedia minor subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
DESN 3001 Contextual Design Studies 10
DESN 2011 Motion Design 10
Select two Education Studies - Secondary Teaching Minor subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
DESN 3006 Graphic Design: Developing a Personal Portfolio 10
DESN 3002 Data Visualisation 10
Select two Education Studies - Secondary Teaching Minor subjects 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240