36 months
21812 AUD/year
7944 AUD/year
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Bring your passion for design to a career in devising effective communications that cut through with the Bachelor of Design - Communication Design Major at Swinburne Online.

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This Bachelor of Design - Communication Design Major at Swinburne Online  prepares you to work in a range of creative industries, including advertising, branding, merchandising, communications and publication design. It is taught by practising designers, who bring a real-world perspective to coursework and group discussion.

You will learn how to communicate effectively using the language of design. Coursework will help you to develop practical skills for designing for the web, print and emerging media. You will be asked to produce work to a brief for real clients and develop a professional portfolio to help you land your dream design job.

    What you will learn

  • Concepts and Narrative

Explore the fundamentals of design conceptualisation and layout for 2D and 3D projects.

  • Packaging Design

Take an integrated approach to branding and visual communication, including packaging.

  • Digital Design

Develop design techniques for engaging in the digital environment.

  • Visual Design

Explore how language and sign production work with design to communicate a message.

  • Brand and Identity

Discover how to utilise different elements of identity to define a brand and speak to a target market.

Career opportunities

Design Coordinator
  • Produce design solutions for clients and oversee creative projects from start to finish.
Marketing and Design Executive
  • Develop and execute marketing strategies and create strong graphic design elements.
Graphic and Digital Designer
  • Produce creative campaigns using graphic design, web and video advertising content.
Account Manager
  • Work with clients to create a digital brand strategy and manage their projects and campaigns.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Typography
  • Concepts and Narratives
  • Digital Design
  • Packaging Design
  • Photography for Design
  • Visual Communication Studio
  • Web Design
  • Brand and Identity Design
  • Typography for Print and Interactive Publication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


23 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements


Non-Year 12 entry

  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.
  • Submission of a portfolio of your creative work examples that sufficiently demonstrates an understanding of the practical aspects of visual communication design is required. Your work examples might include design work you have previously created for clients or friends and/or artwork you have created as a hobby. The aim is to demonstrate the breadth of your creative skills by including examples of work that show a variety of different skills or design applications.

Year 12 entry

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21812 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21812 AUD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    7944 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7944 AUD per year during 36 months.


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