Bachelor of Design (Online)

Swinburne University of Technology

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00111D

The Bachelor of Design with a major in Communication Design has been developed in consultation with industry and includes the latest knowledge and technology focused on the future direction of visual communication and its diverse practices, including graphic design, advertising, corporate branding, product packaging, publishing, web design and more.


  • 300 credit points with a 25 credit point Capstone unit in the final semester: 8 core units (100 credit points)
  • 7 units from the Communication Design major (100 credit points)
  • 8 units comprising a second major, co major, advanced minors, minor/s and/or electives (100 credit points)


  • Communication design

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL)
  • And Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 20 in one of Art, Product Design and Technology, Media, Interactive Digital Media or VCE VET Creative and Digital Media, Studio Arts or Visual Communication Design
  • Students must submit a portfolio of work and a certified statement of results. Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply. English language requirements - satisfactory completion of one of the following: Swinburne's English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 65%, all skills 65%
  • Minimum IELTS overall band of 6.0 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 75 with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20
  • Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 50 (no communicative skills less than 50)
  • Any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.


On completion of this qualification, students may be eligible to become a member of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and an Associate Member of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and should confirm eligibility with the association.

Study pathways

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides advanced standing to the second. Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Swinburne Online International: $93,840 Yes No information available

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