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Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design)

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (24 subjects).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design) course encompasses a diverse range of disciplines and develops creative, theoretical and technical design skills.

About the course

The Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design) at CSU is tailored in response to the demands of industry and the aspirations of highly motivated students.

During the course, students are encouraged to develop creative, theoretical and technical skills with a focus on aesthetic and professional understanding.

Diversity underpins the structure of the course with a cross-section of specific subjects covering all aspects of design, advertising and new media - including web and video applications. The course is available by distance education.

Course components

The Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at Charles Sturt University is a three-year undergraduate course with an option to study Honours in the fourth year. The course is structured in such way as to offer students a flexible platform for learning with an even mix of core subjects, contextual subjects and minor studio electives.

Thirteen core subjects including digital design, experimental design, design for industry and digital design make up over 50% of the course. These examine the different aspects of graphic design - the techniques, the process and the technology.

Contextual subjects including visual communication, aspects of design and media: history and society look at the research, theory and history that build up the students' background knowledge and approach to design, media and communication.

Work experience program

On campus students receive hands-on experience through an extensive work experience program in second and third year. In third year students are also required to work collaboratively with small clients and/or non-profit organisations researching, designing and developing a variety of promotional strategies and awareness campaigns for their client.

Professionals teaching you

Dedicated professionals with a wide range of teaching and industry experience teach the course.

Career opportunities

Where it will take you

The teaching principle adopted for the graphic design course is simple: actively promote all our students to think first, and worry about the technology second.

The merging of disciplines as diverse as design, animation, digital publishing, illustration, multimedia, packaging, web design and advertising has ensured that design graduates will have many career opportunities and options from which to choose including:

  • design studios
  • advertising agencies
  • digital publishing and interactive design
  • magazine and print production
  • freelance work

Course structure

Core subjects

GRP103 Introduction to Digital Technologies and Design
VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
GRP117 Graphic Design Theory and Practice
VPA105 Digital Publishing & Typography
GRP223 Digital Design
GRP224 Design for Industry
GRP225 Experimental Design
GRP226 Advertising & Design
GRP322 Campaigns, publishing and identity (16)
VPA319 Studio research and seminar (24 points)

Contextual

VIS101 Visual Communication
ART214 Aspects of Design, 1850 to the Present
COM226 Media: History and Society
ART222 Art, Technology & Culture
ETH205 Ethics and Law for the Creative Industries

One elective from any non-studio subject from across the university

Drawing and illustration minor sequence offered by the BA (Graphic Design)

VPA211 Materials and Image Development
VPA212 Materials and Image Research
GRP331 Professional Illustration
GRP330 Illustration and Concepts

Other Minors

Students can select 5 minor electives from Multimedia, Photography and/or Television Production (or from other any other disciplines within SVPA)

Advertising minor sequence (available only in DE mode)

ADV203 Principles of Advertising
ADV205 Advertising Creative
ADV206 Principles of Advertising
ADV310 Advertising Strategy and Campaign Planning
ADV313 Advertising Client Management

Enrolment pattern

Fulltime On Campus

Session 1

VPA101 Fundamentals of Design
GRP103 Introduction to Digital Technologies and Design
VIS101 Visual Communication
Minor

Session 2

GRP117 Graphic Design Theory and Practice
VPA105 Digital Publishing and Typography
ART214 Aspects of Design, 1850 to the Present
Minor

Session 3

GRP223 Digital Design
GRP224 Design for Industry
COM226 Media: History and Society
Minor

Session 4

ART222 Art, Technology & Culture
GRP225 Experimental Design
GRP226 Advertising & Design
Minor

Session 5

GRP322 Campaigns, publishing and identity (16)
Non-studio elective
Minor

Session 6

VPA319 Studio research and seminar (24)
ETH205 Ethics and Law for the Creative Industries

Part time Distance Education

Session 1

GRP103 Introduction to Digital Technologies and Design
VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1

Session 2

ART214 Aspects of Design, 1850 to the Present
VPA105 Digital Publishing and Typography

Session 3

VIS101 Visual Communication
[ ] SCCI Minor Elective*

Session 4

GRP117 Graphic Design Theory and Practice
[ ] Advertising Minor

Session 5

GRP224 Design for Industry
COM226 Media: History and Society

Session 6

GRP225 Experimental Design
GRP226 Advertising and Design

Session 7

GRP223 Digital Design
[ ] Advertising Minor

Session 8

ART222 Art, Technology and Culture
[ ] Advertising Minor

Session 9

GRP322 Campaigns, Publishing and Identity (16 points)

Session 10

VPA319 Studio Research and Seminar (24 points)

Session 11

ART317 Art and Books
[ ] Advertising Minor

Session 12

COM326 Industrial and Legal Issues in the Arts
ETH205 Ethics and Law for the Creative Industries

Advertising Minor

ADV203 Principles of Advertising
ADV205 Advertising Creative
ADV206 Principles of Channel Planning
ADV310 Advertising Strategy and Campaign Planning
ADV313 Advertising Client Management

*SCCI Minor Elective (available only DE mode)

VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
VPA211 Materials and Image Research
VPA318 Contemporary Design in Context

Note: Distance education students may only undertake the Advertising minor sequence.

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

  • 3 years full-time on campus
  • 6 years part-time on campus
  • 6 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

65.00

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