Bachelor of Creative Arts (Graphic Design)

Course summary

From 2018, Graphic Design will be taught within the Visual Communication Design major in the Bachelor of Communication and Media. This is subject to final approval.

The Visual Communication Design major in the Bachelor of Communication and Media at UOW will introduce you to a range of modern design principles and practices in both a regional and global context. You will be encouraged to explore your individual creativity through typography, social impact design, spatial design and interaction design. You will learn how to apply design principles to develop creative solutions and enhance innovation. Through this major you will explore media and technology forms relevant to contemporary and emerging design practice.

What you will study

The first year of the course provides a strong foundation in visual and design concepts. During second year, students pursue specialised study in typography, branding, illustration, campaign graphics, editorial design, web design and design theory. Increasingly, student projects are concerned with design thinking, research methodology, collaboration and design innovation. Theory and production subjects run in parallel throughout the year.

The focus in third year is on developing advanced graphic design skills within a professional, innovative, applied and reflective context. Students develop advanced critical, conceptual and practical skills across client engagement, print and interactive media. The course culminates in a final year major project and public exhibition of students’ work within the Graduate Show.

Course information

Study area

Creative Arts

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

840

ATAR (UAI)

75

IB Score

26-27

Duration

3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

001709K

UAC Code

754602

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

5.0

5.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

79

18

18

16

16

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $11,928
Full Course Fee: $71,568

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Any 2 units of English.
Recommended Studies: English Advanced, Design and Technology and/or Textiles & Design and/or Visual Arts

Additional Criteria

Applicants are selected on the basis of ATAR (or equivalent), although outstanding results in relevant subjects may be taken into account. Please refer to the School's website for detailed application information.

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma; Cert IV (excluding Trade Certificates) may be considered for some programs
  • A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution.
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • University Access Program (UOW College). The UAP does not provide entry to a 4-year professional degree or any of the double degree programs.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course.
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Creative Arts will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of contemporary arts, arts theory and history within Australia and in an international context;
  2. Develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice;
  3. Apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise works, artefacts and forms of creative expression;
  4. Interpret communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences;
  5. Work independently and collaboratively in the Creative Arts in response to project demands;
  6. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice in the Creative Arts.

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts all students must complete a minimum of 144 credit points (cp) comprised of: 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core:
CACS102Critical Frameworks in Creative Practice6Autumn
CACS101Contemporary Creative Practice6Spring
Plus TWO from the following:
CACS301Professional Practice6Spring
CACS331Contemporary Theory and Research Practice6Autumn
CAGD331New Media and Visual Communication Theory6Autumn
CAMS331Music and Culture6Autumn
CAPF331Theory and Practice of Theatre in the 20th and 21st Century6Autumn
CAVA331Contemporary Artworlds6Autumn
CAGD332Advanced Graphic Design and Visual Communication Theory6Spring
CAVA332Globalisation and Contemporary Art6Spring
CAPF333Political Dramaturgy6Spring
CAVA361Curatorial Practices6Spring
Plus subjects required for each major. Refer to major pages for this information.
Plus electives to bring total number of credit points to 144.

Majors

No more than 60cp at 100 level can be counted towards the Bachelor of Creative Arts degree. Students must achieve a clear pass in the core 300-level subjects to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Creative Arts.

Minors

As part of their elective subjects, students are encouraged to undertake a Minor Study in order to add a multi-disciplinary aspect to their Bachelor of Creative Arts Degree.

Each minor study comprises 24 credit points. Creative Arts offers minor studies in the following areas:

  • Art History
  • Creative Arts
  • Creative Production
  • Creative Writing
  • Design
  • Design History
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Technical Theatre
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

Students may not undertake a Major and Minor Study in the same discipline. 

Minors appear on the transcript (i.e. academic record) but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded on their transcript, students must declare their minor study by submitting an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

Honours

On completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts, high achieving students may apply to undertake an additional Honours year.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Studying Creative Arts at UOW enables you to get the right balance of practical and theoretical subjects and design your own degree to meet your career aspirations. Be inspired by our purpose-built labs, the campus, your fellow students and the experienced practising artists teaching you.

Benefit from our facilities and studios and let in-depth discussions help you learn how to make your mark with a competitive commercial edge. Learn alongside experts working in their fields, exploring themes in the creative industries that are impacting the changing creative landscape and helping drive the digital economy.

Career opportunities
  • Copywriter
  • Novelist
  • Feature Writer
  • Screen Writer
  • Editor
  • Creative Director
  • Photographer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Fine Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Musician
  • Actor
  • Theatre Performer
  • Theatre Director
  • Dancer
  • Curator
  • Museum Manager
  • Digital Media Manager
  • Digital Game Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Film And Television Producer
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