• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Turn your passion into a fulfilling career with a Bachelor of Design - Communication Design at Swinburne Online. You will develop the practical skills you need to design for web, print and emerging media, and learn how to communicate effectively using the language of design. 


Taught by practicing designers, this Bachelor of Design - Communication Design at Swinburne Online prepares you to work in a range of creative industries, such as advertising, branding, merchandising, communications and publication design.

Learning outcomes

  • 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 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 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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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. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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

    21900 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 65688 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    6564 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19698 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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