Diploma in Design/Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

  • Effective from: 2019
  • Approved Abbreviation: DipDes/BDes(VisComm)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 6011
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096972J

This program applies to students who commenced in 2019 or later. 

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

For Commencement Year 2017 to 2018 - Please refer to 6011.1 - Diploma in Design/Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

The Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) 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 design pairings from the following pairs: motion design and data visualisation; game and app design; illustration; and photography. You may also choose electives from outside of design such as advertising and media production. 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.

The first year of this program is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University, via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Design exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the program.

Students may exit with 1624 Bachelor of Design Studies after successful completion of the first three years of the program.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For program advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Program Advice’. For program advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication).

Study Mode

Four years full-time or part-time equivalent.

Program Advice

College Course Enquiries

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
Bankstown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Bankstown Campus Part Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above
The College - Nirimba Education Precinct Full Time Internal See above
The College - Nirimba Education Precinct 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

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have

  • Completed an English subject in the NSW Higher School Certificate, Or
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) Or
  • Passed The College English test with 70% or higher Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English subject at C grade level or higher.

Met other entry requirements such as

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies program with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band Or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 program with a 50% pass Or
  • Passed The College English test with 70% or higher Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English subject at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies program with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 340 credit points which include the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Western Sydney University The College Subjects

Bankstown and Penrith Campus

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credit Points
First Term of Study  
Preparatory Subjects  
LANG 0003 Academic English (WSTC Prep) 10
DESN 0002 The Design Process (WSTC Prep) 10
GEDU 0007 Tertiary Study Skills in Design (WSTC Prep) 0
DESN 1004 Design Histories and Futures (WSTC) 10
Second Term of Study  
DESN 1010 Graphic Design: Understanding the Principles (WSTC) 20
DESN 1012 Image Design (WSTC) 10
Third Term of Study  
DESN 1019 Visual Storytelling (WSTC) 10
DESN 1022 Web and Time-based Design (WSTC) 10
DESN 1008 Graphic Design: Process and Practice (WSTC) 20
 Credit Points100
 Total Credit Points100

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Design following a passing grade in all of the above subjects. Students who progress onto Year 2 may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above subjects.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory subjects before progressing to the Year 2 subjects.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level subjects in Year 1 before progressing to the Year 2 subjects.

Western Sydney University Subjects

For program advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication).

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

Parramatta (Victoria Road) Campus

Students must complete two pairs of Design specialist subject pairings.

Students can also choose to complete further Design specialist 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
Plan of Study Grid
Year 2
Autumn sessionCredit Points
DESN 2005 Graphic Design: Interactive Digital Media 20
DESN 2014 Researching the Visual 10
Select one Design specialist subject from the selected subject pairing 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
DESN 2006 Graphic Design: The Professional Context 20
DESN 2001 Australian Design 10
Select one Design specialist subject from the selected subject pairing 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
DESN 3013 Social Design: Research and Practice 10
DESN 3001 Contextual Design Studies 10
Select one Design specialist subject from the selected subject pairing 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
DESN 3006 Graphic Design: Developing a Personal Portfolio 10
DESN 3003 Design Research Project 10
Select one Design specialist subject from the selected subject pairing 10
Select one elective (may include COMM 2048 - Communicating for Sustainability) 10
Students may exit with Bachelor of Design Studies after successful completion of 260 credit points in the first three years of the program sequence.  
 Credit Points40
Year 4
1H session
DESN 4005 Major Design Project 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
DESN 4007 Professional Design Experience: The Studio 20
Select one elective 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 elective 10
 Credit Points30
 Total Credit Points240

Minor Elective Spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).

Elective Minor which may be available.

Advertising Studies, Minor

Major and Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers majors and minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Search for majors and minors

Students can apply for an elective major or minor via MySR.

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