• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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 degree 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Credits
    23 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Concepts and Narratives
  • Digital Design
  • Design Studio: Packaging
  • Design Studio: Photography
  • Typography
  • Visual Communication
  • Brand and Identity Design
  • Web Design
  • Typography for Print and Interactive Publication
  • Capstone Project
  • Design for Production
  • Communication Design Strategy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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 of friends and/or artwork you have created as a hobby. 

Year 12 entry

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

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22736 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22736 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    20052 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20052 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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