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Graphic Design (BA)

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Title Graphic Design (BA)
Course Code B1316
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Mark Cypher | Email: M.Cypher@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2240

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Graphic Design
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description The Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design focuses on the generation of ideas and the creative ways they can be visually communicated across a range of print and digital media. Throughout the degree students will master industry specific software, critical design thinking, visual problem solving and authentic production techniques through a range of industry relevant projects. In the final year students will work with real world clients and develop a portfolio encompassing both print (branding and publication design) as well as digital environments (web and mobile app design) for a dynamic and rapidly changing global industry.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artifacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

English competence.
Employment Prospects Graduates are particularly suited for careers in all aspects of Graphic Design including publication and prepress design, branding and identity design, information design, signage design, digital design, web design and or development, mobile app design , interaction design, interface design and digital content development.
Professional Recognition The Bachelor of Arts (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).
Recommended Double Majors Games Art and Design; Photography; Screen Production; Web Communication
Recommended Minors Organisational Psychology
Excluded Minors Print Design; Web Design
Main research areas Graphic Design, print design, web design, mobile app design, visual communication, multimedia design, interaction design, interface design, branding and identity design, information design, digital design.
Further Information Academic Contacts for the School of Arts
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

IDD129 Introduction to Digital Media Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

IDD118 Introduction to Graphic Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

GAD172 Drawing - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

Year 2 - 24 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit University-Wide - 3 credit points

Select one 200-level University Breadth Unit.

Core Units - 9 credit points

WEB263 Web Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

IDD201 Publication Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

IDD202 Brand and Identity Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Recommended:

GAD232 Critical Games, Play and Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Year 3 - 24 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

BAR300 Bachelor of Arts Research Skills Unit - 3 points
Not available this year

Breadth Unit University-Wide - 3 credit points

BRD350 University Breadth in Practice Unit - 3 points
Not available this year

Core Units - 9 credit points

IDD379 Mobile App and Interaction Design - 3 points
Not available this year

IDD337 Portfolio and Promotion for Designers - 3 points
Not available this year

IDD338 Advanced Web Design - 3 points
Not available this year

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

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