Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design)

Charles Sturt University

Program Description

Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design)

Charles Sturt University

Tailor your degree with CSU’s Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design).

Developed and delivered in response to the demands of industry and the aspirations of highly motivated students, this degree prepares you to work as a graphic designer in advertising, publishing and other creative industries. It focuses on building creative, theoretical and technical skills with a focus on aesthetic and professional understanding.

Diversity underpins the structure of the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design), with a cross-section of specific subjects covering all aspects of design, advertising, and new media – including web and video applications.

Available for full-time, part-time or online study, CSU’s course is delivered with flexibility in mind, allowing you to study while at the same time meeting your work and lifestyle commitments.

Why study this course?

The Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design) aims to develop graduates who combine discipline-specific knowledge and skills with an understanding of the cultural, conceptual and technological perspectives that are transforming the creative industries. They will have the attributes required for reflective professional practice and a commitment to ongoing professional learning and development. The teaching principle we adopt is simple: actively promote all our students to think first, and worry about the technology second.

Students complete a suite of core subjects which provide foundational and contextual knowledge and skills. One-third of the degree is made up of specialist graphic design subjects. A minor or elective sequence adds breadth, enabling you to select subjects from another discipline area. Minor studies can be chosen from areas such as:

  • acting
  • advertising
  • art history
  • animation and visual effects
  • design for theatre and television
  • image making and illustration
  • sound or television production.

You will receive hands-on experience through extensive workplace learning in second and third years. In your third year, you will be required to work collaboratively with small clients and/or non-profit organizations, researching, designing and developing a variety of promotional strategies and awareness campaigns for your client.

The program finishes with a professional capstone subject which prepares students to embark on a career in their chosen area.

Our graduates have a well-developed aesthetic sense, strong visual problem-solving skills and the communication and technical skills needed to produce innovative and exciting work for a range of applications.

Latest facilities

The graphic design facilities at CSU in Wagga Wagga include a modern purpose-built design studio with its own Mac lab and printing equipment. The School of Communication and Creative Industries also has well-equipped photography, television, and design studios that Graphic Design students may access.

Experience our campus

If you would like to see more of the great facilities and meet some of the academic staff in Communication and Creative Industries at CSU, you can book a course consultation.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design) prepares you to work as an independent artist and designer or industry-employed practitioner. The merging of disciplines as diverse as design, animation, digital publishing, illustration, multimedia, packaging, web design and advertising has ensured that graduates will have many career opportunities and options, including:

  • design studios
  • advertising agencies
  • digital publishing and interactive design
  • magazine and print production
  • freelance work.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design) is a nationally accredited and registered award in tertiary education. Graduates are eligible to apply for Associate Status with the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).

Workplace learning

On-campus students receive hands-on experience through an extensive workplace learning in a second and third year. In the third year students are also required to work collaboratively with small clients and/or non-profit organizations researching, designing and developing a variety of promotional strategies and awareness campaigns for their client.

Admission information

Indicative ATAR

65.00

There are no specific admission requirements for this course.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated April 17, 2018
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Jan. 2019
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3 - 6 years
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Australia - Port Macquarie, New South Wales
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