UAC Undergraduate Course Description

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CourseCampusType of
UAC codePattern of
Course start dateMajor offer round
B Visual Communication Design Newcastle – Callaghan CSP 484650 3F/EqP 70.55 23 Feb 2015 21 Jan 2015

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Assumed knowledge: One or more of Visual Arts, Textiles and Design, Design and Technology, Industrial Technology.

Major studies: Design processes, photography, typography, visual communication design principles and practices. Minor studies: Media production – 2D Art, design for advertising and new media, digital technology, graphic design, illustration, multimedia and animation, scientific illustration, television and music video, video, visual communication and experimental drawing, web multimedia.

Practical experience: Participation in external projects with industry and regional bodies throughout the program. In the final year, students choose from an industry placement or an on-campus project and produce a high-standard portfolio for professional recognition in the employment market. In addition to this an exhibition showcasing students’ work is open to industry representatives and the general public at the end of the final year.

Honours: Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to meritorious students. Honours is highly regarded by potential employers and may provide entry into a research career.

Professional recognition: Australian Graphic Design Association, Design Institute of Australia, and/or Illustrators Institute of Australia.

Career opportunities: Examples include positions in advertising agencies, public relations firms, design consultancies, government (including defence) and business promotion departments, corporate sales and training departments, desktop publishing, web design, printing companies, packaging companies, manufacturers, promotion departments, publishers of books or magazines, and self-employed/freelance work. Graduates may also find employment in television, film animation and special effects, computer games development, and exhibitions and displays in museums and galleries.

Additional information: You will have access to facilities including sound and television studios, editing suites, the latest computer technology and the opportunity to produce quality advertisements, recordings and even videos in the University’s facilities. Most of the academic staff are active practitioners in the design, illustration and advertising industries. They are encouraged to use their industry knowledge and experience in their teaching, allowing students to gain first-hand knowledge of the career market and employer expectations.

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