Courses & Units

Master of Visual Communication (F7T)

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/international

Visual 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.

For students who commenced prior to 2015, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2014 should refer to the 2014 Handbook.

Duration

1.5 Years full time

Up to 4 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

1.5 Years full time

Location

Hobart

Academic Requirements

See entry requirements below

CRICOS

Code: 056442M


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 Master of 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 Master of 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 Master of 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 practice correct occupational health and safety procedures applicable to sole owner/operator design businesses and group workplace environments;

Course structure

These rules are only for students commencing in the Handbook year. Students who commenced prior, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2014 should refer to the 2014 Handbook.

Typically the MVC program would be configured as a three-semester study program presented as an integrated submission at the end of the course. Alternatively, the program may comprise three discrete semester projects each having its own aims, objectives and content.

Full-time students undertake 2 x 25% units per semester over 3 semesters from the following: Professional Practices 1A (FSA779) and 1B (FSA781), Professional Practices 2A (FSA782) and 2B (FSA783) and Professional Professional Practices 3A (FSA784) and 3B (FSA785) Professional Placement 1A (FSA708) and 1B(FSA709) or Postgraduate Complementary Project 1A (FSA710) and 1B  (FSA711)..

Part-time students undertake 1 x 25% units per semester over 6 semesters from the following: Professional Practices 1A (FSA779) and 1B (FSA781), Professional Practices 2A (FSA782) and 2B (FSA783) and Professional Professional Practices 3A (FSA784) and 3B (FSA785) Professional Placement 1A (FSA708) and 1B(FSA709) or Postgraduate Complementary Project 1A (FSA710) and 1B  (FSA711)..

Students are also given the option of enrolling in an approved postgraduate coursework units from another School with a total weight of 50%.

Schedule

Students choose 150 points of the following units*

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 self-directed professional practice project or series of projects extending those undertaken in Professional Practices 2, or on completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (Professional), and agreed upon in consultation with the students' supervisor and…

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 2, or on completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (Professional), and agreed upon in consultation with the students' supervisor and…

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

*Students may combine 25 points of the units below with one of the professional practice/Placement units from the  schedule above

In this unit you will develop a visual diary or journal and a proposal and work-plan for the pursuit of a line of speculative, self-directed work in the field of contemporary art or design which will be pursued in the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

The aim of this unit is to develop your skills in critical analysis and argument in relation to current theoretical debates and methodologies in the visual arts that are relevant to your research concerns. In consultation with your Honours supervisor,…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

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

The aim of the unit is to enable you to acquaint yourself with current theoretical writings relating to your field of investigation and to identify the key visual arts practitioners and works of art and/or design that are relevant to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

The Postgraduate Complementary Project provides students with the opportunity to undertake investigative study in a specialised area that complements their study program. Students can choose a topic for special investigation that may be either practical or curatorial in nature. Complementary…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSummer school
HobartWinter school
HobartSpring school

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

The Postgraduate Complementary Project provides students with the opportunity to undertake investigative study in a specialised area that complements their study program. Students can choose a topic for special investigation that may be either practical or curatorial in nature. Complementary…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSummer school
HobartWinter school
HobartSpring school

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

To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate the potential to successfully undertake the Master of Visual Communication.

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.

Upon admission into the course students may apply for credit for previous study.

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 graduated with a BFA(Hons) award at this University may, at the discretion of the Faculty, be awarded up to 50% (equal to one-third of the total award) towards the MVC. 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 Master of Fine Art and Design, will be entitled to transfer to the Master of 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.