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  • ARB303

Bachelor of Digital Design (Visual Communication Design)

In partnership with the University of Canberra
At a glance

At a glance

Harness your creativity with this hands-on degree and learn how to communicate and organise information in visually accessible ways across a wide variety of media and contexts.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Graphic Designer
  • Visual Designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Design Researcher
  • Design Strategist
  • Creative Director
COURSE OUTCOME

ARB303 Bachelor of Digital Design (Visual Communication Design)

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Course overview

Course overview

Harness your creativity and learn how to communicate and organise information across a wide variety of media and contexts. Delivered in partnership with the University of Canberra, this degree has a strong focus on visual communication in the global marketplace and how to design for both business and consumer audiences.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, demand for graphic design specialists is increasing. With over 63,000 job openings expected over the next five years, the industry is growing consistently.

Throughout this course you'll develop a thorough knowledge of typography, logotype design, layout, publication design, environmental graphics, packaging and digital design. You'll gain skills required to employ innovative uses of different visual and emerging media types and develop effective design solutions for specific audiences. Through collaboration and live industry briefs you'll also have the opportunity to combine university thinking with hands-on learning. 

Upon successful completion of this course you'll have also developed a portfolio of work and be well equipped to take on a variety of design roles.

Units

If you have completed the below diploma, you will gain up to a year's credit towards this qualification:

Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

The below study pattern is for new students.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Year 1 Semester 1
11063
Principles of Typography and Layout - Level 1 Credit points: 3
11611
Interactive Media, Design and Prototypes - Level 2 Credit points: 3
11591
Professional Orientation (Creative Industries and Digital Design) - Level 1 Credit points: 3
11613
Visual Ideation and Communication - Level 1 Credit points: 3
Year 1 Semester 2
11610
Evolution of Design - Level 2 Credit points: 3
11612
Introduction to Innovative Design Solutions - Level 1 Credit points: 3
11062
Visual Communication Theory and Principles - Level 1 Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
Year 2 Semester 1
11064
Design for Digital Contexts - Level 2 Credit points: 3
11065
Visual Branding and Identity Systems - Level 2 Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
Year 2 Semester 2
11067
Packaging Design and Communication - Level 2 Credit points: 3
11068
Cross-cultural Design Strategy - Level 2 Credit points: 3
11017
Professional Practice 1: Work Integrated Learning Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
Year 3 Semester 1
11066
Experimental Graphic Design - Level 3 Credit points: 3
11018
Professional Practice 2: Work Integrated Learning Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
Year 3 Semester 2
11592
Professional Evidence (Creative Industries and Digital Design) Credit points: 3
11069
Information Visualisation - Level 3 Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
-
Open Elective Credit points: 3
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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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HECS‑HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme for eligible students studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place, that covers the cost of your tuition fees on your behalf.

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If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

Admission into this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:

  • Year 12 ATAR
  • other Australian qualification
  • work experience
  • overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to university via alternate pathway programs and admission schemes. More information is available on the University of Canberra website.

Placement

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is embedded within this degree (approximately 40 hours).

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access the University of Canberra’s online learning system Canvas, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Need to know

Articulation:

  • TAFE Queensland Certificate 3 in a related discipline to gain entry in the first year.
  • Any one-year TAFE Queensland Diploma (or equivalent) can articulate with 24 credit point transfer, which equates to one year full time study (or 8 units).
  • 24 credit point transfer, which can equates to one year of full time study (or 8 units) from any other degree program.

Student Services and Amenities Fee:
You will be required to pay a SSAF.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland