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Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

Prepare to work as a visual communication designer across traditional and new interactive media forms. Build your expertise in professional studio settings.
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Guide to entry thresholds

OP
13
Selection
rank
72

This course is being offered for the first time in 2019.

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Campus
Gardens Point
Kelvin Grove
Campus
Gardens Point
Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Course starts
February and July
February and July
QTAC code
421052
CRICOS
096565B

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.

 

Highlights

  • This course prepares you to work as a visual communication designer across traditional and new interactive media forms.
  • Develop practical and theoretical skills in graphic design, typography, image making, information design, experience design, motion design, branding and interaction design.
  • Build your expertise in professional studio settings with a focus on real-world design projects, a culture of designing for public exhibition and ongoing industry engagement, creative experimentation and critical thinking.

Highlights

  • This course prepares you to work as a visual communication designer across traditional and new interactive media forms.
  • Develop practical and theoretical skills in graphic design, typography, image making, information design, experience design, motion design, branding and interaction design.
  • Build your expertise in professional studio settings with a focus on real-world design projects, a culture of designing for public exhibition and ongoing industry engagement, creative experimentation and critical thinking.

Why choose this course?

Visual communication is the conveyance of ideas and information through a broad range of forms that can be seen including signs, typography, drawing, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, advertising, animation, colour and electronic resources. Visual communication can be powerful. In the right hands, it can craft an image that adds enormous value to a brand. It can simplify the complex. It can help a message to break through the communication clutter.

This degree will give you the skills and finesse you need to be a confident and agile visual communicator.   You will develop skills in creative problem solving, critical thinking, technical proficiencies and professional practice that will ensure you can contribute to the field of visual communication in innovative and socially responsible ways.

Real-world learning

Professional studio settings allow you to build your expertise and focus on both contemporary and emerging design practices, through real-world design projects. You will be immersed in a culture of designing for public exhibition, ongoing industry engagement, creative experimentation and critical thinking.

What to expect

Your degree will begin with introductory and shared impact lab units where, working with students from other disciplines, you’ll focus on problems and social issues and identify potential solutions connected to industry and community.

You will then develop both practical and theoretical skills in multiple visual communication design specialisations including graphic design, typography, image making, information design, experience design, motion design, branding and interaction design.

You will progress to develop deeper skills in creative problem solving, critical thinking, technical proficiencies and professional practice that will ensure you can contribute to the field of visual communication in innovative and socially responsible ways. Later in your degree you will be able to transfer skills and knowledge to a workplace or professional context and gain practical work experience with work integrated learning.

Double degrees

Study visual communication with business as a double degree to develop business acumen that provides a range of unique career opportunities including business analyst for graphic industries, visual communicators in advertising and marketing agencies, or digital content designer for a range of business applications.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

This degree will give you the skills and finesse you need to be a confident and agile visual communicator across traditional and new interactive media forms. You will graduate industry ready with multiple career options in graphic design, digital media, interactive design, branding, art direction, motion graphics design, advertising, print publication, illustration, information design, service and experience design, packaging and exhibition design.

A business foundation also equips you to become a creative business owner and establish your own design studio. Opportunities exist to work both locally and internationally, and can vary from operating as an independent entrepreneurial designer to a designer within a large firm.

Possible careers

  • Advertising and New Media Professional
  • Art Director
  • Artist
  • Creative Entrepreneur
  • Digital Content Designer
  • Digital Content Producer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Experience Designer
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Media Producer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Theatre Designer

Details and units

To meet the course requirements for the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication), you must complete a total of 288 credit points, made up of:

  • a design major (144 credit points), including four shared foundation units (48 credit points) and 96 credit points from the visual communication discipline
  • four school-wide impact lab units (48 credit points)
  • complementary studies, made up of both:
    • design specialisation units (minimum 48 credit points)
    • a minor, or a combination of design specialisation units and electives (unit options) (48 credit points).

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course.

To meet the course requirements for the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication), you must complete a total of 288 credit points, made up of:

  • a design major (144 credit points), including four shared foundation units (48 credit points) and 96 credit points from the visual communication discipline
  • four school-wide impact lab units (48 credit points)
  • complementary studies, made up of both:
    • design specialisation units (minimum 48 credit points)
    • a minor, or a combination of design specialisation units and electives (unit options) (48 credit points).

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course.

Requirements

OP 13
Rank 72
This course is being offered for the first time in 2019.

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.

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Course code
DE43
QTAC code
421052
CRICOS code
096565B
Campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
Campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
OP Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

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Guaranteed entry

If you receive an adjusted OP 1-5 (or equivalent selection rank), you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

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Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

The scores listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent school leavers. If you are not a school leaver, take a look at the entry thresholds box at the top of this page to see the lowest adjusted scores required overall to receive an offer.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 2
Selection rank 97
OP 1
Selection rank 99
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 10
Selection rank 79
OP 10
Selection rank 79
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 15
Selection rank 68
OP 13
Selection rank 72

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

Minimum academic requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.

OP
13
Rank
72
Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you completed secondary school in Australia, received an OP 1-5 or equivalent and you meet the course prerequisites, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Prerequisites

Satisfactory completion of Year 12 in an Australian school system or equivalent.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge Advanced English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
58 50 50 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 16 21 18
Cambridge Advanced English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
58 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 21

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2020 fees

2020 CSP $9,500 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020: $36,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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QUT Excellence Scholarship (Academic)

QUT's premier offering for students with outstanding academic achievement.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Creative Industries International Scholarship

We offer merit-based scholarships for high-achieving international students who have accepted their offer and been admitted into an undergraduate course.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Equity scholarships scheme

A scholarship for low-income students studying in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

QUT Sport Scholarship (Elite Athlete)

A scholarship for future and current undergraduate students who want to study in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Sporting excellence

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