Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design / Photography)

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Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design / Photography)

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CSU's Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design / Photography) is an integrated four-year double specialisation program providing professional training in both graphic design and photography.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design / Photography) offers students the opportunity to study a double specialisation, allowing them to gain specialist skills in graphic design and photography. Diversity underpins the graphic design specialisation with a cross-section of specific subjects covering all aspects of design, advertising and new media including web and video applications. The photography specialisation allows students to learn a wide range of photographic skills and practices from fine art to commercial where photo-techniques from analogue to the latest digital imaging will be covered.

    Graduates of this course will have a well-developed aesthetic sense, strong visual problem solving skills and be technically well equipped to produce innovative and exciting work for a range of applications.

    This course has a strong focus on practical hands-on learning where students will have access to CSU's state-of-the-art learning facilities

    Latest facilities

    To ensure students are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, CSU's facilities include:

    • digital photography facilities
    • digital imaging labs
    • analogue darkrooms
    • lighting studios
    • public gallery space

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  • Career opportunities
    Graduates will be prepared to work as independent artists and designers or industry employed practitioners. Graduates may work professionally as photographers in areas such as:
    • commercial, advertising, corporate and industrial either for professional studios or freelance
    • fine art exhibition and installation
    • media outlets such as magazines and newspapers either on a freelance or editorial basis
    • galleries, museums and government
       
  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    To exit with an Associate Degree students must satisfactorily complete 128 points to graduate. Of these, 56 points are allocated to core studies, 48 points will be allocated a discipline specialisation (under CSU policy students can not be awarded an Associate Degree with a specialisation noted), and 24 points allocated to an elective study strand of the student’s choice from offerings within the School of Communication & Creative Industries (or externally by approval of the Course Director).

    To graduate with a Bachelor degree students must satisfactorily complete 192 subject points.

    Core subjects = 72 points
    Specialisation = 64 points
    Capstone subject = 24 points
    Minor subjects = 32 points

    To  graduate with a double specialisation students must satisfactorily complete 256 subject points.

    Core subjects = 72 points
    2 x Specialisation = 128 points
    Capstone subject = 24 points
    Minor subjects = 32 points

    The course structure is as follows:

    Core subjects (72 points)

    VPA 101 Design fundamentals
    VPA 104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VIS101 Visual communication OR ART113 (for students enrolled in the Fine Art specialisation only)
    COM111 Professional writing
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries
    ART304 Aspects of design OR ART215 (for students enrolled in the Fine Art specialisation only)
    ART222 Art, technology and culture

    Specialisation subjects (64 points)

    Animation and visual effects specialisation
    VFX101 Introduction to animation
    VFX105 3D Modelling and rendering
    VFX106 3D animation
    VFX205 Digital compositing
    VFX206 Special effects
    VFX220 Interactive animation
    VFX301 Production project (16 points)

    Or
    Graphic design specialisation
    GRP117 Graphic design theory, context and practice
    VPA105 Typography and publishing
    GRP223 Strategic thinking in design
    GRP224 Identity and branding
    GRP209 Design for communication
    GRP225 Experimental design
    GRP322 Professional graphic design practice (16 points)

    Or
    Photography specialisation
    PHT115 Black and white analogue photography
    PHT116 Introduction to digital photography
    PHT203 Imaging theories and techniques
    PHT220 Photo imaging
    PHT221 Digital photography studio
    PHT222 Photomedia studio
    PHT321 Photography practice and research (16 points)

    Or
    Fine Art specialisation

    CCI01C Credit Package 1 - TAFE Diploma of Visual Arts and
    VPA315 Design Portfolio

    Or
    CCI02C Credit Package 2 - TAFE Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

    Or
    BCad without specialisation
    64 subject points selected from the specialisation subjects listed above.

    Capstone subject
    CCI300 Professional practice in Communciation and Creative Industries (24 points)
    (For students undertaking the integrated program with Riverina Insitute of TAFE and students who enter the program with a completed Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts, CCI300 is included in CCI02C Credit Package 2 - TAFE Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts)

    Minor/elective sequence (32 points)
    Students may study four minor/elective subjects selected from within the School of Communication and Creative Industries or four minor/elective subjects offered by another school within the University, with the Course Director’s approval.

    Enrolment pattern

    Animation Specialisation
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VIS101 Visual communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    VFX101 Introduction to animation
    VFX105 3D Modelling and rendering
    COM111 Professional writing
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 1
    VFX205 Digital compositing
    VFX106 3D Animation
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 2
    VFX220 Interactive animation
    VFX206 Special effects
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries
    Minor

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 3 - Session 1
    VFX301 Production project (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of design
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, technology and culture

    Fine Arts Specialisation (Integrated Program)
    Year 1 - Session 1
    TAFE Diploma of Visual Art commences
    No CSU subjects

    Year 1 - Session 2
    TAFE Diploma of Visual Art concludes
    ART215 Australian Art from 1939
    COM111 Professional writing

    Year 2 - Session 1
    TAFE Advanced Diploma of Visual Art commences
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VPA104  Introduction to Digital Imaging

    Year 2 - Session 2
    TAFE Advanced Diploma of Visual Art concludes
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 1
    ART113 European Art 1850-1920
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    ART222 Art, technology and culture
    Minor
    Minor

    Graphic Design Specialisation
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VIS101 Visual communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    GRP117 Graphic design theory, context and practice
    VPA105 Typography and publishing
    COM111 Professional writing
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 1
    GRP223 Strategic thinking in design
    GRP224 Identity and branding
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 2
    GRP225 Experimental design
    GRP209 Design for communication
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries
    Minor

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 3 - Session 1
    GRP322 Professional graphic design practice (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of design
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, technology and culture

    Photography Specialisation
    Year 1 - Session 1

    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VIS101 Visual communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    PHT115 Black and white analogue photography
    PHT116 Introduction to digital photography
    COM111 Professional writing
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 1
    PHT220 Photo imaging
    PHT221 Digital photography studio
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 2
    PHT222 Photomedia studio
    PHT203 Imaging theories and techniques
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries
    Minor

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 3 - Session 1
    PHT321 Photography practice and research (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of design
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, technology and culture

    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of design 1
    VPA104  Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VIS101 Visual communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    COM111 Professional writing
    [      ] Specialisation
    [      ] Specialisation
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 1
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
    [ ] Specialisation
    [ ] Specialisation
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 2
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries
    [ ] Specialisation
    [ ] Specialisation
    Minor

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 3 - Session 1
    ART304 Aspects of design
    [ ]Specialisation (16 points)
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    ART222 Art, technology and culture
    CCI300 Professional practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)

    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography / Graphic Design)
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of design 1
    VPA104  Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VIS101 Visual communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    PHT115 Black and white analogue photography
    PHT116 Introduction to digital imaging
    GRP117 Graphic design, theory, context and practice
    COM111 Professional writing

    Year 2 - Session 1
    PHT220 Photo imaging
    PHT221 Digital photography sudio
    GRP223 Strategic thinking in design
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities

    Year 2 - Session 2
    PHT203 Imaging theories and techniques
    PHT222 Photomedia studio
    VPA105 Typography and publishing
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 3 - Session 1
    PHT321 Photography practice and research (16 points)
    GRP224 Identity and branding
    MInor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    GRP225 Experimental design
    GRP209 Design for communication
    ART222 Art, technology and culture
    Minor

    Year 4 - Session 1
    GRP322 Professional graphic design practice (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of design
    Minor

    Year 4 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    Minor

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    6500

    Course consultation

    To give you the best opportunity to gain entry into this course, CSU offers you the opportunity to undertake a supplementary course consultation as part of your application process. This gives you the chance to meet with the course lecturers and demonstrate your interest, enthusiasm and talent for this career area, as well as finding out more about the course, our excellent facilities and exceptional work placements. The consultation is completely informal and relaxed.

    More information and to arrange a course consultation.

    PREP applicants

    Applicants applying through PREP will be assessed on the basis of their PREP application, as well as a course consultation.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2015 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    6144*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    2500*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2015.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKAVP
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYNNIAVP
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN211784

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Successful completion of 192 points for:

    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Animation and Visual Effects)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Fine Arts)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography)

    Successful completion of 256 points for:

    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography/Graphic Design)

  • How to apply
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    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design / Photography) Supplementary Application Form

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    084306J (Wagga Wagga)

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  • About the School
    School of Communication and Creative Industries

    CSU’s School of Communication and Creative Industries have built a hub for innovative storytellers who want to make a difference. Based on Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School has an emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaboration created through a unique balance of practical production and theoretical foundation. CSU’s courses are delivered in authentic industry settings including our state-of-the-art television studio, radio station, newsroom, performance theatres, exhibition spaces and animation and visual effects facilities. Our students gain a competitive advantage in industry through practical learning, internships and other invaluable networking opportunities.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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