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Bachelor of Design With a Major in Communication Design

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates

  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne Online (RTO 3059)

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What you'll learn

Here's why Sophia chose to study design with Swinburne Online.

About this course

Time to transform your passion and creativity into your dream career! Swinburne Online's Bachelor of Design With a Major in Communication Design course aims to transform students into fully qualified designers.

Taught by industry professionals, this course will help you hone your craft and creative abilities, and also give you practical industry skills for web, print and emerging media. The course explores different ways to approach concepts and narratives through design, allowing you to walk away with the technical competency and creative vision to produce both physical and virtual designs.

You will also develop crucial professional skills such as how to communicate your ideas and designs with real-world clients, respond to briefs and meet deadlines. With the aid of established industry-creatives you will work on your developing a professional portfolio that appeals to relevant industry clients.


Applicants must meet the following entry requirements to enrol in this course:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or its equivalent, including units 3 and 4 in English with a minimum score of 25, and meeting the associated minimum ATAR score; OR
  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification; OR
  • Significant and relevant work experience


Areas of study

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

  • Design studio: concepts and narratives
  • Design studio: digital
  • Design studio: packaging
  • Design studio: photography
  • Design studio: typography
  • Design studio: typography 2
  • Design studio: visual communication
  • Brand and identity design
  • Design studio: web
  • Capstone project
  • Communication design strategy
  • 20th century design
  • Methods of investigation
  • Contemporary design issues
  • Visual language
  • Advertising design
  • Copywriting
  • Integrated campaign management
  • Design for production

You will also need to complete 4 elective units.

RTO 3059
Swinburne Online combines the prestigious name and high-quality education of Swinburne University of Technology with the ease and flexibility of online study. Drawing on over 20 years’ experience in the online tertiary education space, Swinburne Online has already helped over 5,000 students graduate with an industry-recognised qualification. With a range of university degrees and vocational diplomas that cover specialities including education, social sciences, business, design and communication – Swinburne Online is dedicated to helping students achieve their potential.
As a Swinburne Online student, you will have access to variety of support options to help you get the most out of your learning experience. A dedicated team of Student Liaison Officers (SLOs) are available seven days a week to answer any of your questions – be it academic, technical or administrative. You will also be assigned an eLearning advisor for the duration of your course, who will be your academic point of contact.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Design With a Major in Communication Design from Swinburne University of Technology.

This course is designed to convert your creative ability into marketable and industry relevant skills. By working with real clients you will learn how to market yourself and your ideas to industry professionals.

Curious about where a career in design could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Web Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Design Coordinator
  • Marketing and Design Executive

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive a government study loan through HECS-HELP.

Swinburne Online also offers a number of scholarships and grants as a means of promoting equality, recognising excellence, and alleviating financial hardship. Enquire now for more information.

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.

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