Bachelor of Communication Design

Immerse yourself in our vibrant creative community. At the Arts Academy we inspire and train designers to be the thinkers and makers of the future.
3 years
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Selection is based on successful interview and folio presentation as well as completing a year 12 qualification (VCE/interstate or overseas equivalent), as well as meeting the prerequisite study requirements.

Graduates of this course will become the designers, thinkers and makers of the future. You will have the opportunity to discover who you are and how you express yourself as a creative practitioner.

Experienced lecturers and design industry professionals will work with you to enhance your design awareness and combine problem solving and technical skills, ensuring you will be well equipped to respond to the requirements of a fast paced, visually-literate society.

Emphasis is placed on building a broad range of visual communication skills and approaches.

You will be encouraged to explore different mediums and methods while integrating theoretical knowledge through research. You will build your practical skills designing in a range of areas such as print, typography, identity and branding, environmental graphic, web, mobile devices and other emerging media.

As you progress through your studies you may be offered internship and work experience opportunities.

The Design Studio features large open plan teaching areas, audio visual facilities and a design resource area. Students have access to a digital camera, video recorder, related graphic design materials, colour A3 printers and a suite of Mac computers running current graphic software packages.

  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Graphic designer
  • Digital media designer
  • Information designer
  • Advertising designer
  • Interactive media designer
  • Interaction and web designer
  • Publishing designer
  • Motion graphics designer

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

ACACW1001, 15 credit points
CAXDC1001, 15 credit points
CAXDC1002, 15 credit points
Year 1, Semester 1 Elective (1 Course)

Semester 2

ACACW1002, 15 credit points
Year 1, Semester 2 Elective (1 Course)

Year 2

Semester 1

COMMD2003, 30 credit points
Year 2, Semester 1 Elective (1 Course)

Semester 2

CAXDC2001, 15 credit points
Year 2, Semester 2 Elective (1 Course 30cp)

Year 3

Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 1 Elective (1 Course 15cp)

Year 3, Semester 1 Elective (1 Course 30cp)

Semester 2

CAXDC3001, 15 credit points
COMMD3015, 15 credit points
Year 3, Semester 2 Elective (1 Course 30cp)

15-20 hours per week
This program requires a total of 144 placement hours, across 12 weeks
Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students (2020) and recent secondary graduates (2019 and 2018)


  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.
  • This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST).


Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.


Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.


Extra Requirements

Essential requirements for selection and application

Supplementary form

Compulsory: Applicants must complete and submit a supplementary application form to secure an interview. The online form can be accessed from here

Folio and folio presentation 

Compulsory: The selection process includes an interview and folio presentation. Your folio work should be representative of your creative ideas and abilities. Qualities of importance are originality, innovation, imagination, experimentation and competence in the basic skills associated with visual arts. Please include evidence of your drawing skills in your folio, along with any journals of relevant material. Read more about preparing your folio or consider attending our folio preparation workshop.


Compulsory: Applicants must attend an interview of approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Please check the Arts Academy webpage for dates and locations.
In the interview, you are asked to present a comprehensive folio of your work in a variety of media. The selection panel is interested to hear about your motivations for studying in your chosen field, and see a range of creative work that demonstrates your ability to explore ideas in depth. Read more about the interview.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700210871 (Camp St)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: QC5

CRICOS code: 0100645

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,021 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2022

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Pathways to this course:

Candidates seeking alternate entry to this course can consider the below options:

Defined TAFE pathway


A defined TAFE pathway program exists for this degree.  Please note that additional essential requirements for admission may apply following completion of this pathway.

* 120 credit points is the equivalent of one-year full time study.

Other TAFE studies


Apply for a relevant TAFE course, at any TAFE provider, and then apply to articulate into this program.  You may receive credit for TAFE studies undertaken, which will be individually assessed upon request, after you enrol in your bachelor level course. 



Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies relevant to this degree. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

Find out about our Art and Design Workshop - Folio Preparation

This workshop is designed for VCE, mature-age and direct entry prospective art students. It aims to assist you in planning and developing a quality folio of artwork to present at an interview for entry into a tertiary visual arts program in 2019. Practical sessions will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and in formulating ideas to improve your artistic concepts of visual and design language. Participants benefit from hands-on sessions that combine open-ended activities of two-dimensional and design concepts. Together with this experience, you will gain insight into the art school environment at an advanced level.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

School of Arts

Course coordinator

Chrissy Smith