Bachelor of Visual Communication (13F)

This course is in teach-out and is not accepting new admissions

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

Are you interested in studying Visual Communication from Semester 1, 2019? To apply, or for more information, please refer to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (13R) or Bachelor of Design (P3I). We are no longer taking applications for this version of the course (13F).

The Bachelor of Visual Communication degree prepares students to enter the communication design industry.

Students are introduced to a wide range of design approaches and processes, including theoretical and historical design contexts.

Students gain the technical, conceptual and research skills necessary to produce innovative and effective visual communications for print, digital, multi-media, film, video, television and user interfaces.

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.

Course structure

The moving image is the dominant form of communication in the world today, online and through television and cinema. Time Based Media 1 will introduce you to the history and contemporary practice of how artists engage with different time-based media,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Experience and Engagement electives are your choice of units from any study area across the University, subject to meeting relevant prerequisites and quotas. You may choose to enrol in additional discipline/study area units or a study area from another degree.

Experience and Engagement electives are your choice of units from any study area across the University, subject to meeting relevant prerequisites and quotas. You may choose to enrol in additional discipline/study area units or a study area from another degree.

Experience and Engagement electives are your choice of units from any study area across the University, subject to meeting relevant prerequisites and quotas. You may choose to enrol in additional discipline/study area units or a study area from another degree.

Experience and Engagement electives are your choice of units from any study area across the University, subject to meeting relevant prerequisites and quotas. You may choose to enrol in additional discipline/study area units or a study area from another degree.

The fast-paced development of new digital technologies provides powerful resources for addressing today's social and environmental challenges. Combining the perspectives of business entrepreneurship, regional science and information systems, this breadth unit will uncover the potential of digitally connected social entrepreneurship…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This second-year unit Working with Communities will give students in a range of conceptual and practical tools to understand the complex idea of community and skills to work effectively with diverse communities in their professional practice. The focus is on…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

We live in a world of sciences. From the pure physics of string theory to the applied sociology of interventions, from the study of nanoparticles to broadband strategies. Science, in its various forms, plays an important role in how we…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Naturally hazardous events do not necessarily result in natural disasters, rather, natural disasters are measured by the impacts of the event on people. This unit will introduce the natural earth systems that create natural hazards, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
OnlineSemester 1

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

This unit introduces students to the world of social research. It answers questions about how to produce knowledge through empirical research, and discusses the methods used to solve practical problems. The unit covers a wide range of social research methodologies and approaches,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Do you want to make a difference to something in the world you care about? Would you like some time and space to consider, develop and test your approaches in a safe environment, supported by experts in the field? Following…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
OnlineSemester 1

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

The challenge of ensuring adequate and sustainable food production and equitable access to food for a diverse human population in the 21st century is crucial and profoundly complex. This unit helps you contribute to meeting this challenge. The interdisciplinary skills…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
OnlineSemester 1
OnlineSemester 2

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

Ever thought of yourself as one in a million?Universities Australia notes that in 2017 Australia has more than one million students enrolled in Universities across the country. That is more than one million potential graduates entering the workforce over the…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Earth is a lively and dynamic planet that is undergoing rapid changes wrought by the activities of humans. In what ways are these changes impacting on us and other species? Are we precipitating another mass extinction; the 6th major mass…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
OnlineSemester 2

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

This unit is an elective of the Diploma of Sustainable Living course and explores the interlinked scientific, technical, environmental, economic, social and political factors that have shaped society's energy usage and which will impact on future energy policy and decision…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
OnlineSemester 2

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

Exhibitions are not only a way to present creative works. They are also a way to make meaning, generate ideas and communicate with an audience. This unit will present key contemporary, historical, philosophical and cultural debates and guide you through…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

This unit will introduce you to writing as a mode of creative expression as well as critique. It will focus on the wide range of ways artists have used the written word as part of project development and cross-arts experimentation.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

Visual Communication Major and Time Based Major Minor

The moving image is the dominant form of communication in the world today, online and through television and cinema. Time Based Media 1 will introduce you to the history and contemporary practice of how artists engage with different time-based media,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Building upon the foundation of Time Based Media 1 the specific aspects of practice and process in Sound and Documentary will be explored in greater depth.You will explore Sound as a medium and a material, through a series of in-class…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Building upon the foundation of FSE111, the specific aspects of practice and process in Animation and Media Installation will be explored in greater depth. Animation is one of the most intriguing and captivating forms of contemporary art, bringing objects and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

1 from the following

The moving image is the dominant form of communication in the world today, online and through television and cinema. Time Based Media 1 will introduce you to the history and contemporary practice of how artists engage with different time-based media,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

3D Design 1 focuses on developing students' creative, analytical, and technical skills, enabling them to investigate and produce effective design solutions for a range of directed design problems. Directed by staff and technicians, in the context of a studio/workshop/tutorial curriculum,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Photography 1 will introduce you to the medium of photography. Directed by staff and technicians, in the context of a studio/workshop/tutorial curriculum, you will be introduced to traditional techniques, new technologies and approaches to contemporary practice. Study of this unit…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1

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

Painting is a vital and exciting medium that continues to fascinate artists and audiences. This unit is suited to students interested in contemporary art and who wish to learn the foundations of painting practice. By undertaking this unit, you will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1

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

You will be coached in the generation of ideas for art and design projects through speculative play and experimentation.You will develop an independent Project Proposal through iterations of research, making and reflection. You will develop your creative research practice and…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit you will develop and apply a contextual narrative for a body of resolved work suitable for public exhibition and display. You will engage in the processes and strategies of refinement, which can include iteration, material manipulation, reflection…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

Time Based Media Major and Visual Communication Minor

The moving image is the dominant form of communication in the world today, online and through television and cinema. Time Based Media 1 will introduce you to the history and contemporary practice of how artists engage with different time-based media,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

1 from the following

3D Design 1 focuses on developing students' creative, analytical, and technical skills, enabling them to investigate and produce effective design solutions for a range of directed design problems. Directed by staff and technicians, in the context of a studio/workshop/tutorial curriculum,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Photography 1 will introduce you to the medium of photography. Directed by staff and technicians, in the context of a studio/workshop/tutorial curriculum, you will be introduced to traditional techniques, new technologies and approaches to contemporary practice. Study of this unit…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1

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

Painting is a vital and exciting medium that continues to fascinate artists and audiences. This unit is suited to students interested in contemporary art and who wish to learn the foundations of painting practice. By undertaking this unit, you will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1

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

Building upon the foundation of Time Based Media 1 the specific aspects of practice and process in Sound and Documentary will be explored in greater depth.You will explore Sound as a medium and a material, through a series of in-class…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Building upon the foundation of FSE111, the specific aspects of practice and process in Animation and Media Installation will be explored in greater depth. Animation is one of the most intriguing and captivating forms of contemporary art, bringing objects and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

You will be coached in the generation of ideas for art and design projects through speculative play and experimentation.You will develop an independent Project Proposal through iterations of research, making and reflection. You will develop your creative research practice and…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit you will develop and apply a contextual narrative for a body of resolved work suitable for public exhibition and display. You will engage in the processes and strategies of refinement, which can include iteration, material manipulation, reflection…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

Entry requirements

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

Domestic undergraduate students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, and you will only be required to pay the student contribution amount for each unit.

You may be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. This means you can pay your tuition fees later once you start earning above a specific threshold. For more information, please refer to the Study Assist website.

The student contribution amount for each unit of study is based on its discipline area. Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study, this means that amounts will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

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.

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