Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)

Qualification: Bachelor's Degree
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Upfront payment
Duration: Self-paced; complete within 9 years
Start date: Enquire now for upcoming start dates
Awarded by: Swinburne Online (RTO 3059)

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About this course

This online Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) course, offered through SEEK Learning and delivered by Swinburne Online, is a nationally recognised qualification that produces skilled and talented designers.

The course has been developed in close consultation with industry experts to ensure students graduate with industry-standard skills and training, and is the ideal launch pad for students looking to enter this line of work.

The syllabus provides a comprehensive balance between theory and practice, and will train you to succeed in fields such as graphic design, advertising, corporate branding, product packaging and web design. You will graduate with a versatile body of work that will help you to secure your dream job.


To gain entry into this course, you must have:

  • A Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent, (VCE studies must have included successful completion of units 3 and 4 in English with a minimum study score of 25 in English); AND
  • Meet the associated minimum ATAR; AND
  • A minimum study score of 20 in one of the following: Product Design and Technology, Studio Arts, Media, Interactive Digital Media, Art or Visual Communication and Design; OR
  • A portfolio that demonstrates an understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of visual communication design

Areas of study

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

  • Design studio: concepts and narratives
  • Design studio: packaging
  • Design studio: typography
  • Design studio: visual communication
  • Design studio: web
  • Communication design strategy
  • Design for production
  • Design studio: Digital
  • Design studio: photography
  • Brand and identity design
  • Capstone project
  • 20th century design
  • Contemporary design issues
  • Experience design and usability for the web
  • Interaction design for mobile devices
  • Interaction design for web
  • Publication design
  • Typography for print and interactive publication
  • Web marketing and advanced usuability

You will also need to complete 4 electives as part of this course.

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Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) from Swinburne Online.

This online Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) will equip you with the skills and knowledge to launch a successful career in design. With this nationally recognised qualification under your belt, you will be able to work in a range of visual communication fields including design consultancy, advertising, publishing and merchandising.

The course will also give you the opportunity to compile a professional portfolio to demonstrate your diverse production skills and help you on your way to securing your dream design job.

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP when studying any this course, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees.

Alternatively, you can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
SEEK Learning offers a vast selection of tertiary and vocational courses through some of Australia’s leading education providers. You can study an accredited TAFE, university and IT course, as well as customised training packages, from recognised course providers. With flexible study and finance options and many courses available through correspondence and online studies, you can gain any number of career-boosting qualifications at your convenience with SEEK Learning.
As a student of Swinburne Online through SEEK Learning, your studies will be supported by online communication with tutors and other students through discussion boards, chat sessions, email and blogs. Swinburne Online offers an excellent tutor–student ratio and you will receive regular feedback and guidance from eLearning Advisors.

Swinburne Online’s student liaison officers are available by email and phone 7 days a week to respond to any queries or concerns you may have about your studies. They can also provide information on admissions, enrolment and re-enrolment, course advice, policies and regulations, academic assessments and any technical issues you may experience.

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