Courses & Units

Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication (F6T)

This course is offered on a full fee paying basis to eligible domestic students. Fees are established per unit and can be found in the unit descriptions within the course schedule. Click on 'View fees for this unit' and select 'Tuition fee (domestic) Post 2008' as the fee type. International students please refer to International Services at www.utas.edu.au/internationalVisual communication designers of the future will need to possess extensive expertise and a clear, incisive quality of thinking that will enable them to meet evolving cultural and social networks. As new technologies are continually developed, designers play a key role in their adoption, application and dissemination; there are no limits to the number of fields to which designers contribute. The course equips students with a range of core research and technical skills and adaptive creative approaches to prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead in this rapidly evolving field.

Duration

1 Years full time

Up to 3 Years part time

Location

Hobart

ATAR

See entry requirements below


Course intake

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone: 1300 363 864
Email: Course.Info@utas.edu.au
Online: Enquiries


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Duration

1 Years full time

Location

Hobart

Academic Requirements

See entry requirements below

CRICOS

Code: 067927K


Course intake

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone:+61 3 8676 7017
Online: International enquiries


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Course objectives

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication is to offer Graphic Designers a postgraduate professional practice award that directly relates to the contemporary workplace circumstances of the Design industry.

Career outcomes for graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication include specialisations in graphic design, electronic/multimedia design, print media, packaging design, product design, computer games, advertising, illustration design, and aspects of film, television, music and theatre design.

The Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication program objectives are to:

  • Enhance students' Visual Communication knowledge and competency within a professional context;
  • Familiarise students with the professional Graphic Design/Visual Communication industry;
  • Refine and extend students' creative problem solving skills through projects directly related to industry;
  • Learn and practise correct occupational health and safety procedures applicable to sole owner/operator design businesses and group workplace environments;

Course structure

Students choose 100 points of units from the list below:

Professional Practices aims to facilitate students' creative capacity and skills development to enable them to produce professional art, design, theoretical or curatorial work through the development and realisation of one or more self-directed projects. Projects are supervised by academic staff…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Professional Practices aims to facilitate students' creative capacity and skills development to enable them to produce professional art, design, theoretical or curatorial work through the development and realisation of one or more self-directed projects. Projects are supervised by academic staff…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Consists of a self-directed professional practice project or series of projects extending those undertaken in Professional Practices 1, and agreed upon in consultation with the students' supervisor and the coursework postgraduate coordinator. Projects are supervised by academic staff from one…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Consists of a self-directed professional practice project or series of projects extending those undertaken in Professional Practices 1, and agreed upon in consultation with the students' supervisor and the coursework postgraduate coordinator. Projects are supervised by academic staff from one…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Consists of a professional placement in a Graphic Design, Multi-media Design, Digital Design or arts related business or enterprise that results in a project or projects complemented with appropriate documentation. The proposed professional placement and the projects are agreed upon…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Consists of a professional placement in a Graphic Design, Multi-media Design, Digital Design or arts related business or enterprise that results in a project or projects complemented with appropriate documentation. The proposed professional placement and the projects are agreed upon…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication find employment in a variety of positions within the arts professions including individual design studio practice, arts/gallery administration, research and teaching, as well as participating in individual and group-generated projects and studio practice.

To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate the potential to successfully undertake the Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication. A personal or telephone interview may be required.

Successful applicants will be expected to have completed an undergraduate degree in visual communication or visual art, or in a cognate discipline, with credit or above results in their final year of major.


A person, who possesses such other qualifications and professional experience deemed by the Faculty to provide an adequate preparation for study equivalent to that provided for by an undergraduate degree, may be admitted to the course.

A person, who possesses such other qualifications and professional experience deemed by the Faculty to provide an adequate preparation for study equivalent to that provided for by an undergraduate degree, may be admitted to the course.

Upon admission into the course students may apply for credit for previous study. Normally, students who have graduated in a Graduate Diploma or Honours degree may, at the discretion of the Faculty, be awarded credit of up to one-third of the MVC course. Alternatively, also at the discretion of the Faculty, credit of up to one third may be give for achievements by applicants in other awards and professional practice.

Supporting information is required with all applications as follows: 

 - A study proposal

Please follow the proposal guidelines outlined below.

Your initial proposal forms the basis of your project, to be discussed and reworked in consultation with your supervisor early in the program.

  • A digital portfolio
  • Please provide up to 20 images of your recent work either as jpeg files no larger than 1MB each or send a web link to your visual work online.
  • Your curriculum vitae

Please focus on details of experience relevant to this application.

  • Educational qualifications

Please provide certified copies of your academic transcripts.

Your study proposal should be approximately 1,000words in length and include the following:

1).        A brief description of your project, outlining your intentions and proposed outcomes.

2).        An outline of the strategies you will employ in the development of your project.

In the case of studio-based projects, this should include the practical and / or technical steps required.

3).        A discussion of the significance of the project, explaining why this project is of interest to you in personal, social or artistic terms. Where relevant refer to previous projects that you have worked on.

4).        A summary of contextual references for your project. This may include other work in the field that is relevant to your project in terms of idea, theme, style, method or technique

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Students who have passed appropriate units towards the Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication, may apply to undertake the Master of Visual Communication with full credit.


Students who have passed appropriate units towards the Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication will be entitled to transfer to the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Fine Art and Design.  Credit applications will be considered subject to the entry conditions and specialist requirements within the other courses.

Credit may be given, at the discretion of the Faculty, for achievements by students in other awards and professional practice areas at equivalent level.

Students who have passed appropriate units towards the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Fine Art and Design, and Graduate Certificate and Master of Visual Communication will be entitled to transfer to the Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication with full equivalent credit.

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.