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Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design)

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Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design)

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Tailor your degree with CSU’s Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design).

Developed and delivered in response to the demands of industry and the aspirations of highly motivated students, this degree prepares you to work as a graphic designer in advertising, publishing and other creative industries. It focuses on building creative, theoretical and technical skills with a focus on aesthetic and professional understanding.

Diversity underpins the structure of the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design), with a cross-section of specific subjects covering all aspects of design, advertising and new media – including web and video applications.

Available for full-time, part-time or online study, CSU’s course is delivered with flexibility in mind, allowing you to study while at the same time meeting your work and lifestyle commitments.

  • Why study this course?

    The Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design) aims to develop graduates who combine discipline-specific knowledge and skills with an understanding of the cultural, conceptual and technological perspectives that are transforming the creative industries. They will have the attributes required for reflective professional practice and a commitment to ongoing professional learning and development. The teaching principle we adopt is simple: actively promote all our students to think first, and worry about the technology second.

    Students complete a suite of core subjects which provide foundational and contextual knowledge and skills. One-third of the degree is made up of specialist graphic design subjects. A minor or elective sequence adds breadth, enabling you to select subjects from another discipline area. Minor studies can be chosen from areas such as:

    • acting
    • advertising
    • art history
    • animation and visual effects
    • design for theatre and television
    • image making and illustration
    • sound or television production.

    You will receive hands-on experience through extensive workplace learning in second and third years. In your third year, you will be required to work collaboratively with small clients and/or non-profit organisations, researching, designing and developing a variety of promotional strategies and awareness campaigns for your client.

    The program finishes with a professional capstone subject which prepares students to embark on a career in their chosen area.

    Our graduates have a well-developed aesthetic sense, strong visual problem-solving skills and the communication and technical skills needed to produce innovative and exciting work for a range of applications.

    Latest facilities

    The graphic design facilities at CSU in Wagga Wagga include a modern purpose-built design studio with its own Mac lab and printing equipment. The School of Communication and Creative Industries also has well-equipped photography, television and design studios that Graphic Design students may access.

    Experience our campus

    If you would like to see more of the great facilities and meet some of the academic staff in Communication and Creative Industries at CSU, you can book a course consultation. To organise your consultation, visit our booking page.

    You can also book a general tour of the campus where you would be studying.

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  • Career opportunities

    The Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design) prepares you to work as an independent artist and designer or industry-employed practitioner. The merging of disciplines as diverse as design, animation, digital publishing, illustration, multimedia, packaging, web design and advertising has ensured that graduates will have many career opportunities and options, including:

    • design studios
    • advertising agencies
    • digital publishing and interactive design
    • magazine and print production
    • freelance work.

  • Professional recognition
    The Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design) is a nationally accredited and registered award in tertiary education. Graduates are eligible to apply for Associate Status with the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).
  • Workplace learning

    On campus students receive hands-on experience through an extensive workplace learning in second and third year. In third year students are also required to work collaboratively with small clients and/or non-profit organisations researching, designing and developing a variety of promotional strategies and awareness campaigns for their client.

  • Subjects

    Please note: this course offers a number of specialisations detailed in the course structure below. You will only need to complete the subjects relevant to your chosen specialisation in addition to core foundation 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 graduate 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 photomedia
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VIS101 Visual communication
    COM111 Professional writing
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries
    ART304 Aspects of design
    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
    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)

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

    Graphic design minor
    GRP117 Graphic design theory, context and practice
    VPA105 Typography and publishing
    Plus two of GRP223 Strategic thinking in design, GRP224 Identity and branding, GRP209 Design for communication, GRP225 Experimental design

    Animation and visual effects minor
    VFX101 Introduction to animation
    VFX205 Digital compositing
    VFX105 3D modelling and rendering
    VFX106 3D animation

    Photography minor
    PHT114 Digital imaging or PHT115 Black & white analogue photography
    PHT221 Digital photography studio
    PHT222 Photomedia studio
    PHT220 Photo imaging

    Illustration/imagemaking minor
    VPA211 Materials & image development
    VPA212 Materials & image research
    GRP330 Illustration and concepts
    ART317 Art and books

    Sound minor
    VPA106 Introduction to sound production
    VPA113 Sound and space
    VPA213 Music technology
    VPA215 Broadcast sound

    Art history minor
    An art history minor consists of 4 subjects from the list below, at least one of which must be a level one subject. A level three subject is recommended.
    ART113 European art 1850-1920
    ART114 Modern art 1920-1970
    ART210 Australian art to 1939
    ART215 Australian art from 1939
    ART310 Issues in contemporary art
    ART315 Perspectives in photography
    ART316 Renaissance art
    ART317 Art and books
     

    Enrolment pattern

    Animation Specialisation

    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to photomedia
    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, hstories and contemporary realities
    Minor

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

    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

    Graphic Design Specialisation

    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to photomedia
    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

    Yera 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 photomedia
    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

    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 photomedia
    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

    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 digtial 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

    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

    There are no specific admission requirements for this course.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

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

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYNEABG
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAAQ
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKAA
    UACOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYNN211420
    DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYNNKAGP
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYN211414

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: 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 (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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    CRICOS Code(s)

    084306J (Port Macquarie)

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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.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS033 - Transition from TAFE / VET to University (F2F Workshop)
    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS024 Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (Intended primarily for International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 Academic Writing Skills (FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP ONLY)
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 Critical Thinking
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • 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.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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