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1.5 yrs, Maximum
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This course is offered on a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) basis to eligible domestic students. Student Contributions 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 'Student Contribution (HECS) Post 2009' as the fee type.
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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.
These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing thecourse in 2010 For students who commenced prior to 2010, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2006 should refer to the 2006 Handbook.
Admission & Prerequisites
To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate during the application process and through a portfolio submission, the potential to successfully undertake the Master of Visual Communication..
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.
Portfolios may 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, a brief contextual description as well as outline the intention of exhibition/presentation of the work). Applicants should include a curriculum vitae that details education, employment, exhibition and marketing achievements, referees and other relevant information. Applicants should include a brief introduction to their reason for seeking entry to the course, learning expectations and an outline of the art or design project/s that may be pursued through the course.
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 practise correct occupational health and safety procedures applicable to sole owner/operator design businesses and group workplace environments;
Articulation to/from Course
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, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma in Art, Design and Environment, and Master of Art, Design and Environment will be entitled to transfer to the Master of Visual Communication with full equivalent credit.
Graduates from the Master of Visual Communication who have successfully completed the Research Project as part of the award will be eligible to apply for a research higher degree in this university.