Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

Western Sydney University
Western Sydney University
  • Awarded by

    Western Sydney University

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

    Web Designer | Graphic Designer | Graphic Design Assistant | Brand Identity Designer | View all

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Last modified: 19 Feb 2020

In a Nutshell

You're a creative thinker with a flair for design. Turn it into a career with this industry-connected Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) course from Western Sydney University. 

Designed for students seeking to start a career in design or illustration, this practical, industry-focused course offers the foundation skills and knowledge required to thrive in the industry. You'll graduate from this course with the skills, knowledge, connections and portfolio to demonstrate your capability to future employers and find creative work you love.

With access to Western Sydney University's state-of-the-art design and photography studios, this course offers the opportunity to work on real-life industry projects, and for students to undertake a major practical work in their fourth year. You'll also have the opportunity to intern with a real design company during your degree. 

If you're seeking creative study that really helps to get a job, this industry-connected, practical design course is your next career step.

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  • What You'll Need to Get In


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  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this design course, the subjects you may study include:

    • Graphic design: Understanding the principles
    • Design histories and futures
    • Image design
    • Graphic design: Process and practice
    • Visual storytelling
    • Web and time-based design
    • Graphic design: Interactive digital media
    • Researching the visual
    • Illustrating narrative
    • Interactive design: Games
    • Motion design
    • Photomedia: Photographic practice
    • Graphic design: The professional context
    • Australian design
    • Data visualisation
    • Illustrating popular culture
    • Interactive design: Apps
    • Photomedia: Fashion and identity
    • Social design: research and practice
    • Contextual design studies
    • Graphic design: Developing a personal portfolio
    • Communicating for sustainability
    • Major design project
    • Design research project
    • Professional design experience: The individual practitioner
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  • Why Western Sydney University?

    Trust Western Sydney University to get you qualified in your field! Gain a recognised degree in Business, Health, Psychology, Communication, Medical Science, Criminology, Arts or loads more with WSU. Study online or on-campus and gain valuable, real-life skills that'll see you succeed in the workforce. With a reputation for excellence, you can be proud to graduate with a degree that comes from a uni ranked in the top 2% globally! Open up to a world of possibilities and enquire about a course with WSU today. 

    When you join Western Sydney University you’re also joining an engaged online community of fellow students and academics, who are committed to helping you succeed during your studies.

    Whether you're studying on-campus or online, students will have access to student advisors, specially trained online learning advisors, access to online assignment assistance to ensure your work is always on the right track, student welfare services including professional counselling, plus stay in touch with other students via WSU’s specially-built digital portal.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) from Western Sydney University.

This practical qualification will equip you with the skills, experience, connections and samples required to seek rewarding work in a range of creative roles. After course completion, you may choose to seek work as a graphic designer, illustrator, art director or web designer. You may choose to work for a studio, work freelance, or perform creative or communication roles in-house.

Graduates of this course are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).

Wondering where a career in designing could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Design Assistant, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Fashion Designer, Interior Designer.

Let's Talk Price

Western Sydney University offers flexible payment options for students.

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay your degree fees upfront.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year). 


Find out more about government study loans here.

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