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University of Newcastle

Newcastle , New South Wales ,Australia

Bachelor of Visual Communication Design

As advances in communication technology redefine our needs, the demand for visionaries and skilled designers is likewise projected to grow and expand.

Designers develop creative, innovative and persuasive strategies to communicate ideas, information and visual stimuli to a wide range of audiences. In this degree you’ll learn to create visual material across a variety of visual formats and channels including broadcast, web, film, television, advertising, publishing, and industry. Study a Visual Communication Design degree at the University of Newcastle and develop a breadth of multi-platform skills enabling you to use visual design to shape the world.

Campus Information

Newcastle City campus

The University of Newcastle plays an important part in the renewed sense of vibrancy in the Newcastle CBD and our Newcastle City campus is very much at the centre of the city's burgeoning arts scene. NUspace is a $95 million landmark education building developed in 2017 by the University of Newcastle in the heart of Newcastle's CBD. NUspace harnesses the latest in technology and innovation in teaching and learning to deliver a world-class student experience by engaging students in new and exciting ways.


  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 21

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career opportunities
Visual communication design is a dynamic, growing industry where vision and creativity are paramount. Our students benefit from intensive practical experience, impressive work portfolios and professional recognition from highly respected industry associations. In fact, graduates of the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at UON enjoy a strong reputation of being work-ready, with 86% employed within the first four months.

Depending on your chosen major, see below for a list of typical jobs after graduating from this degree.

  • Visual Communication
    • Graduates of the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for Visual Communication Design graduates.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

    • Art Director

    • Brand and Identity Specialist

    • Concept Artist

    • Creative Director

    • Data Designer

    • Design Production Manager

    • Environmental, Wayfinding and Navigation Specialist

    • Games UX Designer

    • Graphic Designer

    • Information Architect

    • Interaction Designer

    • Interaction Design, User Experience or Game Art & Design

    • Modeler

    • Packaging Designer

    • Pre-press Operator

    • Publication Designer

    • Type Designer

    • User Experience Designer

    • User Interface Designer

    • Usability Specialist

    • Visual Designer

    • Web Designer

    • 3D Visualiser

PSW Opportunity

  • 3 years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools..

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