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Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design / Photography)

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CSU's Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design / Photography) is an integrated four-year double specialisation program providing professional training in both graphic design and photography.

Offered both on campus and via online learning, this course focuses on building creative, theoretical and technical skills with a focus on aesthetic and professional understanding and gives graduates a well-developed aesthetic sense, strong visual problem-solving skills and be technically well equipped to produce innovative and exciting graphic design and photo-based work.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design / Photography) offers you the opportunity to study a double specialisation, gaining advanced skills in graphic design and photography.

    Explore the potential of graphic design

    Diversity underpins your graphic design studies, with a cross-section of specific subjects covering all aspects of design, advertising and new media, including web and video applications.

    Develop comprehensive photographic skills

    The photography specialisation allows you to learn a wide range of photographic practices, from fine art to commercial. Photo-techniques from analogue to the latest digital imaging will also be covered.

    Get creative in the latest facilities

    This course has a strong focus on practical hands-on learning. As an on-campus student you will have access to CSU's state-of-the-art learning facilities, including digital imaging labs, analogue dark rooms, digital photography facilities, lighting studios, a public gallery space and a purpose-built design studio with its own Mac lab and printing equipment. Or if you choose to study online you will have the flexibility to study from your own studio or home. Whether you choose to study full-time, part-time, online or on campus, you can be assured of personal engagement and support from dedicated professional educators.

    Learn from experienced professionals

    The course is taught by dedicated educators with extensive experience and close industry ties, and who know what it takes to succeed in their respective fields.

  • Career opportunities

    The Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design / Photography) prepares you to work as an independent artist and designer or industry-employed practitioner.

    Graphic design

    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, and freelance work.

    Photography

    Additionally, photographers are employed in areas such as commercial, advertising, corporate and industrial photography, either for professional studios or on a freelance basis; fine art exhibition and installation; media outlets such as magazines and newspapers on either a freelance or an editorial basis; and galleries, museums and government.

    Run your own show

    With a double specialisation you will be well equipped to set up your own creative studio or work as a freelance art director.

  • Subjects

    Please note: this course offers a number of specialisations detailed in the course structure below. You will only need to complete the subjects relevant to your chosen specialisation in addition to core foundation subjects.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 subject points.

    Core subjects = 72 points
    Specialisation = 64 points
    Capstone subject = 24 points
    Minor subjects = 32 points

    To  graduate with a double specialisation students must satisfactorily complete 256 subject points.

    Core subjects = 72 points
    2 x Specialisation = 128 points
    Capstone subject = 24 points
    Minor subjects = 32 points

    The course structure is as follows:

    Core subjects (72 points)

    VPA 101 Design fundamentals
    VPA 104 Introduction to photomedia
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VIS101 Visual communication
    COM111 Professional writing
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries
    ART304 Aspects of design
    ART222 Art, technology and culture

    Specialisation subjects (64 points)

    Animation and visual effects specialisation
    VFX101 Introduction to animation
    VFX105 3D Modelling and rendering
    VFX106 3D animation
    VFX205 Digital compositing
    VFX206 Special effects
    VFX220 Interactive animation
    VFX301 Production project (16 points)

    Or
    Graphic design specialisation
    GRP117 Graphic design theory, context and practice
    VPA105 Typography and publishing
    GRP223 Strategic thinking in design
    GRP224 Identity and branding
    GRP209 Design for communication
    GRP225 Experimental design
    GRP322 Professional graphic design practice (16 points)

    Or
    Photography specialisation
    PHT115 Black and white analogue photography
    PHT116 Introduction to digital photography
    PHT203 Imaging theories and techniques
    PHT220 Photo imaging
    PHT221 Digital photography studio
    PHT222 Photomedia studio
    PHT321 Photography practice and research (16 points)

    Or
    BCad without specialisation
    64 subject points selected from the specialisation subjects listed above.

    Capstone subject
    CCI300 Professional practice in Communciation and Creative Industries (24 points)

    Minor/elective sequence (32 points)
    Students may opt to study a minor of four subjects selected from the list below; or a minor of four subjects, or four unrestricted elective subjects offered within the School of Communication and Creative Industries; or a minor of four subjects, or four unrestricted electives offered by another school within the University, with the Course Director's approval.

    Graphic design minor
    GRP117 Graphic design theory, context and practice
    VPA105 Typography and publishing
    Plus two of GRP223 Strategic thinking in design, GRP224 Identity and branding, GRP209 Design for communication, GRP225 Experimental design

    Animation and visual effects minor
    VFX101 Introduction to animation
    VFX205 Digital compositing
    VFX105 3D modelling and rendering
    VFX106 3D animation

    Photography minor
    PHT114 Digital imaging or PHT115 Black & white analogue photography
    PHT221 Digital photography studio
    PHT222 Photomedia studio
    PHT220 Photo imaging

    Illustration/imagemaking minor
    VPA211 Materials & image development
    VPA212 Materials & image research
    GRP330 Illustration and concepts
    ART317 Art and books

    Sound minor
    VPA106 Introduction to sound production
    VPA113 Sound and space
    VPA213 Music technology
    VPA215 Broadcast sound

    Art history minor
    An art history minor consists of 4 subjects from the list below, at least one of which must be a level one subject. A level three subject is recommended.
    ART113 European art 1850-1920
    ART114 Modern art 1920-1970
    ART210 Australian art to 1939
    ART215 Australian art from 1939
    ART310 Issues in contemporary art
    ART315 Perspectives in photography
    ART316 Renaissance art
    ART317 Art and books

    Enrolment pattern

    Animation Specialisation

    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to photomedia
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VIS101 Visual communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    VFX101 Introduction to animation
    VFX105 3D Modelling and rendering
    COM111 Professional writing
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 1
    VFX205 Digital compositing
    VFX106 3D Animation
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, hstories and contemporary realities
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 2
    VFX220 Interactive animation
    VFX206 Special effects
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 1
    VFX301 Production project (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of design
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, technology and culture

    Graphic Design Specialisation

    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to photomedia
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VIS101 Visual communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    GRP117 Graphic design theory, context and practice
    VPA105 Typography and publishing
    COM111 Professional writing
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 1
    GRP223 Strategic thinking in design
    GRP224 Identity and branding
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 2
    GRP225 Experimental design
    GRP209 Design for communication
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries
    Minor

    Yera 3 - Session 1
    GRP322 Professional graphic design practice (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of design
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, technology and culture

    Photography Specialisation

    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to photomedia
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VIS101 Visual communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    PHT115 Black and white analogue photography
    PHT116 Introduction to digital photography
    COM111 Professional writing
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 1
    PHT220 Photo imaging
    PHT221 Digital photography studio
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 2
    PHT222 Photomedia studio
    PHT203 Imaging theories and techniques
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 1
    PHT321 Photography practice and research (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of design
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, technology and culture

    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design

    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to photomedia
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VIS101 Visual communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    COM111 Professional writing
    [      ] Specialisation
    [      ] Specialisation
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 1
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
    [ ] Specialisation
    [ ] Specialisation
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 2
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries
    [ ] Specialisation
    [ ] Specialisation
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 1
    ART304 Aspects of design
    [ ]Specialisation (16 points)
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    ART222 Art, technology and culture
    CCI300 Professional practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)

     Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography / Graphic Design)

    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to digtial imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to media production
    VIS101 Visual communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    PHT115 Black and white analogue photography
    PHT116 Introduction to digital imaging
    GRP117 Graphic design, theory, context and practice
    COM111 Professional writing

    Year 2 - Session 1
    PHT220 Photo imaging
    PHT221 Digital photography sudio
    GRP223 Strategic thinking in design
    IKC101 Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities

    Year 2 - Session 2
    PHT203 Imaging theories and techniques
    PHT222 Photomedia studio
    VPA105 Typography and publishing
    ETH205 Ethics and law for creative industries

    Year 3 - Session 1
    PHT321 Photography practice and research (16 points)
    GRP224 Identity and branding
    MInor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    GRP225 Experimental design
    GRP209 Design for communication
    ART222 Art, technology and culture
    Minor

    Year 4 - Session 1
    GRP322 Professional graphic design practice (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of design
    Minor

    Year 4 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    Minor

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    6500

    There are no specific admission requirements for this course.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNIAVP
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKAVP
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAVP
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYNEAGP
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYN211784

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Successful completion of 192 points for:

    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Animation and Visual Effects)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography)

    Successful completion of 256 points for:

    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography/Graphic Design)

  • How to apply
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    CRICOS Code(s)

    084306J (Wagga Wagga)

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  • About the School

    School of Communication and Creative Industries

    CSU’s School of Communication and Creative Industries have built a hub for innovative storytellers who want to make a difference. Based on Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School has an emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaboration created through a unique balance of practical production and theoretical foundation. CSU’s courses are delivered in authentic industry settings including our state-of-the-art television studios; newsroom; performance theatres; exhibition spaces; and photography, graphic design and animation and visual effects facilities. Our courses have real flexibility - on-campus students gain a competitive advantage in industry through practical learning, internships and other invaluable networking opportunities, while online students have the choice to study from their own studio or home. Postgraduate students are supervised by senior academic staff who all have substantial industry experience. The staff also have extensive experience in publications (academic journals and books), presentations at domestic and international conferences, and regularly interact with the industry to stay in touch with developments and changes.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS033 - Transition from TAFE / VET to University (F2F Workshop)

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS024 Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (Intended primarily for International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 Academic Writing Skills (FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP ONLY)
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 Critical Thinking

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on theSTUDY LINKwebsite.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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