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2013 Bachelor of Visual Communication(13F)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 7 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): Telephone: +61 3 6226 4300


This on-campus 3-year (minimum) full-time course is offered by the Faculty of Arts through the Tasmanian School of Art at Hobart. Part-time study is also available.

Admission & Prerequisites

As an applicant you will gain automatic entry if you satisfy the University's normal admission requirements, with the addition of at least a passing grade in a practically orientated pre-tertiary Visual Arts or Design subjects or at TAFE certificate IV (or higher, with evidence of some study of Art History or Theory).

If you do not meet these requirements, then it is still possible to apply and gain entry to the BVC. You should submit a folio consisting of no more that ten photographs, drawings, paintings or electronic images of work and a statement outlining your interest in the course including any relevant experience or qualifications. Instead of a place in the BVC you may instead be offered admission to the Associate Degree in Arts, with the suggestion or requirement of undertaking some bridging or preparatory units. If you successfully complete a probationary period of study you will be able to transfer to the BVC.

Course counselling will be offered to all successful applicants prior to the start of semester, to discuss choice of studio and potential careers.

Course Objectives

The Bachelor of Visual Communication will equip you with the necessary technical, conceptual and research skills to produce innovative and effective visual communications for an identified audience. You will focus on the design of communication and on developing communication strategies to solve particular communication problems. The BVC provides a pathway to enter all aspects of the communication design industry including advertising, graphic design, multimedia, publishing, film, theatre, music, video and television industries.

The program develops general abilities in the following areas:

-Developing effective Communication strategies
-Technical and conceptual problem solving skills
-Presentation skills both visual and verbal
-An appreciation for the historical and societal context of design.
-An awareness of the ethical and responsible practice of design and the impact of design on society.
-Research skills

Career Outcomes

Career opportunities are available to graduates with a Bachelor of Visual Communication in the diverse communication design profession and industry including: multimedia, graphic design, visual communication, electronic transmission, image generation, art direction, interactive media, publishing, print based media, advertising design, marketing, exhibition and environmental graphics, illustration and electronic imaging, corporate design and mass communication, design management interpretation design, theatre design and event design.

Articulation to/from Course

It will be possible for students to transfer from the BVC into the BFA degree upon completion of all introductory level units. Equally, students who have successfully undertaken introductory level units in Visual Communication and Electronic Media may transfer from the BFA into the BVC.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Visual Communication, who have successfully completed the prerequisite requirements for further study, will be eligible to apply the Master of Visual Communication (coursework).

Graduates who have completed a BVC with sufficient merit will also be eligible to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Visual Communications with Honours degree.

Miscellaneous Information


If you are transferring from another university or course, you can apply to be given credit for equivalent studies satisfactorily completed. (Please note that there are guidelines as to how much credit can be granted for previous study, and study must have been within the last ten years.)
If you have completed a related TAFE diploma you can be awarded credit for up to one year or one-third of the degree requirement. (Please note, you will need to provide a portfolio and samples of any written work so that a determination can be made about the way in which this credit will be offered. In some circumstances it may still take three years minimum to complete the degree).
If you have completed a previous degree in the last ten years you will normally be granted credit for 50% or one-sixth of the BVC degree requirements.
In some circumstances more credit may be able to granted towards the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) than the BVC.

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