B.Des On Campus

Visual Communication Design

Durban University of Technology

36 months
2007 USD/year
994 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication Design programme at Durban University of Technology is designed to prepare students for a place in the world of visual communication, design, digital design, and advertising. It will help students develop an individual creative ability as well as a recognition and understanding of current market demands, trends, and technology requirements.


To provide a Visual Communication Design education that enables graduates to be creatively, intellectually, technically, and professionally competitive as graphic designers and visual communicators to the level of local and international standards. 

To prepare learners with knowledge and skills for viable career performance for all areas of the visual communication, design, digital design, and advertising industries. To empower learners to communicate effectively with appropriate skills for the visual communication design profession. 

To promote partnerships with industry, community, and society and with other educational institutions both within South Africa and abroad. To promote research and build research capacity that is appropriate/ relevant to the needs of contemporary South African society and informs both education and design practice. To research and apply new technologies and new applications of conventional techniques. To promote an ethical and critical approach to all three disciplines; and to affirm their capacity to function as important tools for social upliftment and change. To provide a supportive, nurturing environment for students and which promotes self-motivation. 

The purpose of the Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication Design from Durban University of Technology is to provide a first professional level education in the field of Visual Communication Design (VCD), and so to develop graduates who will be capable of gaining employment at an entry level in any of the range of industries that require applied VCD capabilities, and of applying their learning to these employment contexts immediately; and to prepare graduates for further studies at Honourslevel. 

Career opportunities 

As a first degree, it is expected that most graduates of this qualification may potentially seek employment or self-employment in any of the sub-fields of Visual Communication Design as broadly defined and evolving over time, including but not limited to design and illustration for print media and advertising; animation, web- and multi-media design, on-line design, product design, and other specialisations. The qualification will also enable graduates to pursue further studies at Honours level. 

Programme Structure


  • English for the Arts
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Graphic Techniques and Technology
  • Interpersonal Communication & Self
  • Graphic Techniques and Technology
  • Technopreneurship

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




432 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

The person shall have reached the age of 23 in the first year of registration and shall have at least: 

  • three years’ appropriate work experience; and/or 
  • capacity for the proposed instructional programme, which shall be assessed by a Senate-approved admission assessment comprising of a DUT Standardised Assessment Test for Access and Placement (SATAP), Academic Literacies (AL) & English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (2,5 hours) and/or an appropriate subject or programme specific written assessment designed and marked by the relevant Department; and the person has obtained

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    2007 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2007 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    994 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 994 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National: Annual Students – Tuition Only: R 4 200.00
  • International: Annual Students – Tuition plus Residence: R 8 480.00

Living costs for Durban

7800 - 9401 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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