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.5 yrs, Maximum
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THIS COURSE IS OFFERED ON A HECS-BASIS TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS. FOR ALL OTHER STUDENTS THIS COURSE IS OFFERED ON A FEE-PAYING BASIS ONLY.
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.
Admission & Prerequisites
To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate during the application process and through a portfolio submission, the potential to successfully undertake the Graduate Certificate in Visual Communication. A personal or telephone interview may be required.
Normally applicants should have a degree or degree-equivalent qualifications in Visual Communication, Design, Fine Art, or in an accepted cognate discipline. 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.
Portfolios should be presented on DVD or electronically; images of art and design work should be fully detailed (including: name of artist/designer, year made, materials, dimensions and a brief contextual and description of the intention and exhibition/presentation of the piece). Applicants should include a curriculum vitae that details education, employment, exhibitions and marketing achievements, referees and other relevant information. Applicants should include a brief introduction to their reasons for seeking entry to the course, learning expectations and an outline of the art or design project/s that might be pursued through the course.
The aim of the Graduate Certificate 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 Certificate 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 Certificate 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;
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate 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.
Articulation to/from Course
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, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma in Art, Design and Environment, and Master of Art, Design and Environment and Graduate Diploma and Master of Visual Communication will be entitled to transfer to the Graduate Certificate in Visual Communication with full equivalent credit.
Students who have passed appropriate units towards the Graduate Certificate in Visual Communication, may apply to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication with full credit. 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 Certificate in Visual Communication will be entitled to transfer to the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Fine Art and Design, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma in Art, Design and Environment, and Master of Art, Design and Environment. Credit applications will be considered subject to the entry conditions and specialist requirements within the other courses.
Students who complete the research methods options within the Master of Fine Art and Design, Master of Visual Communication and Master of Art, Design and Environment may apply to undertake a Master of Fine Arts or PhD in Fine Arts.
Students previously enrolled in the MVC may apply to take out the Graduate Certificate.