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.

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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

Selection rank
70.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2021.

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Course code
DE43
QTAC code
421052
CRICOS code
096565B
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • 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
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 of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we strongly encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

 

Year 12 early offer scheme 

If you’re a current Queensland Year 12 student, you may be eligible to receive an offer for this course on the last day of Queensland Year 12, before receiving your ATAR or selection rank. 

Find out more about the QUT Year 12 Early Offer Scheme 

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR or selection rank of 87.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, 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.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

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

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your ATAR/selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your ATAR or selection rank will be applied to this course.

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

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2021

The figures listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent ATAR students. The entry thresholds box at the top of this page shows the lowest adjusted ATAR/selection rank required to receive an offer for all applicants for the most recent January QTAC offer round.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
Highest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 95.75
Selection rank 97.70
Median ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 80.60
Selection rank 81.40
Lowest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 70.55
Selection rank 70.55

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).

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

ATAR/selection rank
70.00
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 87.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

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
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. 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 no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

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.

2022 fees

2022: CSP $8,500 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2022 fees

2022: $32,500 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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