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Developed and delivered in response to the demands of industry and the aspirations of highly motivated students, CSU's Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design) prepares you to work as a graphic designer in advertising, publishing and other creative industries. When you study graphic design at CSU you will build your creative, theoretical and technical skills with a focus on aesthetic and professional understanding.

Available via full-time, part-time or online study, the course is highly flexible, allowing you to study while at the same time meeting your work and lifestyle commitments. You will study a cross-section of specific subjects covering all aspects of design, advertising and new media – including web and video applications.

  • 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. The teaching principle we adopt is simple: actively promote all our students to think first, and worry about the technology second.

    Develop a broad knowledge

    Students complete a suite of core subjects which provide foundation and contextual knowledge skills. CSU's graphic design degree is also made up of specialist graphic design subjects, and elective subjects. You can choose from disciplines ranging from acting, advertising and art history to animation, illustration and television production.

    Learn in the latest facilities

    As an on-campus student you will have access to the graphic design facilities at CSU in Wagga Wagga, including 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.

    Flexible options to fit your lifestyle

    You can choose to study graphic design with CSU on campus or take your degree online and study from your studio or the comfort of your own 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.

  • 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.

    Studio and agency work

    Your advanced skills and knowledge will make you an in-demand candidate for roles in design studios and advertising agencies.

    Publishing

    CSU's graphic design course will also equip you to pursue a creative career in digital publishing, interactive design and magazine and print production.

    Freelance

    With the confidence and professional acumen developed during your graphic design studies you could also choose to work as an independent contractor across a variety of industry sectors and creative projects.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Credit requirements for the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Fine Art) are as follows:

    Students who have successfully completed a TAFE Diploma of Visual Arts will be given 64 points of transfer credit in the form of CCI01C.

    Students who have successfully completed a TAFE Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts will be given 96 points of transfer credit in the form of CCI02C.

  • Workplace learning

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

  • 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

    ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN CREATIVE ARTS AND DESIGN
    Exit point only

    To exit with an Associate Degree students must satisfactorily complete 128 points. Of these, 56 points are allocated to core studies, 48 points are allocated to a discipline specialisation (under CSU policy students cannot be awarded an Associate Degree with a specialisation noted), and 24 points are allocated to a minor study strand of the student's choice from offerings within the School of Communication & Creative Industries (or from other schools, with the approval of the Course Director).

    BACHELOR OF CREATIVE ARTS AND DESIGN (SPECIALISATION)
    To graduate with a Bachelor degree students must satisfactorily complete 192  points, as follows:
     
    Core subjects - 72 points
    Specialisation - 64 points
    Minor subjects - 32 points
    Capstone (final) subject – 24 points
     
    To graduate with a double specialisation students must satisfactorily complete 256 points, as follows:
     
    Core subjects - 72 points
    2 x Specialisations - 128 points
    Minor subjects - 32 points
    Capstone (final) subject - 24 points
     
    Core subjects (72 points):
    VPA101 Design fundamentals
    VPA104 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 credit points)
     
    Or

    Art History specialisation
    ART114 Modern Art 1920 – 1970
    ART215 Australian Art from 1939
    ART113 European Art 1850 – 1920
    ART315 Perspectives in Photography  OR ART317 Art and Books OR ART210 Australian Art to 1939
    ART310 Issues in Contemporary Art
    VIS102 History of Photography OR ART223 Australian Aboriginal Art OR ART316 Italian Renaissance Art
    VPA315 Portfolio (16 points)

    Or

    Environmental Art specialisation
    GRP225 Experimental Design
    ART223 Australian Aboriginal Art
    VPA211 Materials and Image Development
    PHT220 Photo Imaging
    VPA212 Materials and Image Research
    PHT203 Imaging Theories and Techniques
    VPA315 Portfolio (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 credit 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 credit points)
     
    Or
     
    Sound Design Specialisation
    VPA106 Introduction to Sound Production
    VPA111 Live Studio Collaboration OR VFX105 3D Modelling and Rendering OR COM112 Digital Media
    OR GRP225 Experimental Design
    VPA216 Interactive Sound and Space
    TVP203 Television Post Production
    VPA213 Music Technology
    VPA215 Broadcast Sound
    VPA315 Design Portfolio (16 points)

    Or

    No specialisation
    64 points selected from the specialisation subjects listed above.

    Minor / elective sequence (32 points)
    Students may study four minor / elective subjects selected from within the School of Communication and Creative Industries as outlined below, or four minor / elective subjects 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/Image-Making 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

    Capstone subjects (to be completed in final session)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    VPA320 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points) - double specialisation dual subject

    (For students undertaking the integrated program with Riverina Institute of TAFE and students who enter the program with a completed Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts, CCI300 is included in CCI02C Credit Package 2 - TAFE Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts).

    Enrolment pattern

    Subjects have a value of 8 points unless otherwise specified.

    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design – full-time:
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104  Introduction to Digital Imaging
    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

    Students may elect to exit at this point with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design.

    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)

    Animation specialisation – full-time:
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    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, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    [ ] Minor

    Year 2 - Session 2
    VFX220 Interactive animation
    VFX206 Special Effects
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries
    [ ] Minor

    Students may elect to exit at this point with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design.
    .
    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

    Art History specialisation – full-time:
    Year 1 - Session 1

    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ART114 Modern Art 1920 - 1970
    ART215 Australian Art from 1939
    COM111 Professional Writing
    [ ]  Elective

    Year 2 - Session 1
    ART113 European Art 1850 - 1920
    ART315 Perspectives in Photography OR ART317 Art and Books OR ART210 Australian Art to 1939
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    [ ]  Elective

    Year 2 - Session 2
    ART310 Issues in Contemporary Art
    VIS102 History of Photography OR ART223 Australian Aboriginal Art OR ART316 Italian Renaissance Art
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for the Creative Industries
    [ ]  Elective

    Students may elect to exit at this point with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design.

    Year 3 - Session 1
    VPA315 Portfolio (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    [ ]  Elective

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture


    Environmental Art specialisation – full-time:
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS 101 Visual Communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    GRP225 Experimental Design
    ART223 Australian Aboriginal Art
    COM111 Professional Writing
    [ ] Elective

    Year 2 - Session 1
    VPA211 Materials and Image Development
    PHT220 Photo Imaging
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    [ ] Elective

    Year 2 - Session 2
    VPA212 Materials and Image Research
    PHT203 Imaging Theories and Techniques
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries
    [ ] Elective

    Students may elect to exit at this point with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design.

    Year 3 - Session 1
    VPA315 Portfolio (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    [ ] Elective

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

    Environmental Art specialisation - part-time:
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging

    Year 1 - Session 2
    GRP225 Experimental Design
    ART223 Australian Aboriginal Art

    Year 2 - Session 1
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 2 - Session 2
    COM111 Professional Writing
    [ ] Minor / Elective

    Year 3 - Session 1
    VPA211 Materials and Image Development
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Year 3 - Session 2
    VPA212 Materials and Image Research
    [ ] Minor / Elective

    Year 4 - Session 1
    PHT220 Photo Imaging
    Minor / Elective

    Year 4 - Session 2
    PHT203 Imaging Theories and Techniques
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries

    Students may elect to exit at this point with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design.

    Year 5 - Session 1
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    [ ] Minor / Elective

    Year 5 - Session 2
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

    Year 6 - Session 1
    VPA315 Portfolio (16 points)

    Year 6 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)

    Fine Arts specialisation (Integrated Program) – full-time:
    Year 1 - Session 1
    TAFE Diploma of Visual Art commences
    No CSU subjects


    Year 1 - Session 2
    TAFE Diploma of Visual Art concludes
    ART215 Australian Art from 1939
    COM111 Professional Writing

    Year 2 - Session 1
    TAFE Advanced Diploma of Visual Art commences
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VPA104  Introduction to Digital Imaging

    Year 2 - Session 2
    TAFE Advanced Diploma of Visual Art concludes
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries
    [ ] Minor

    Year 3 - Session 1
    ART113 European Art 1850-1920
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    [ ] Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture
    [ ] Minor
    [ ] Minor

    Graphic Design specialisation – full-time:
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    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

    Students may elect to exit at this point with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design.

    Year 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 – full-time:
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    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

    Students may elect to exit at this point with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design.

    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

    Photography specialisation - part-time:
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging

    Year 1 - Session 2
    PHT115 Black and White Analogue Photography
    PHT116 Introduction to Digital Photography

    Year 2 - Session 1
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 2 - Session 2
    COM111 Professional Writing
    [ ] Minor

    Year 3 - Session 1
    PHT221 Digital Photography Studio
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Year 3 - Session 2
    PHT222 Photomedia Studio
    [ ] Minor

    Year 4 - Session 1
    PHT220 Photo Imaging
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries

    Year 4 - Session 2
    PHT203 Imaging Theories and Techniques
    [ ] Minor

    Students may elect to exit at this point with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design.

    Year 5 - Session 1
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    [ ] Minor

    Year 5 - Session 2
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

    Year 6 - Session 1
    PHT321 Photography Practice and Research (16 points)

    Year 6 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)

    Sound Design specialisation – full-time:
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    VPA106 Introduction to Sound Production
    VPA111 Live Studio Collaboration OR VFX105 3D Modelling and Rendering OR COM112 Digital Media OR GRP225 Experimental Design
    COM111 Professional Writing
    [ ] Elective

    Year 2 - Session 1
    VPA216 Interactive Sound and Space
    TVP203 Television Post Production
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    [ ] Elective

    Year 2 - Session 2
    VPA213 Music Technology
    VPA215 Broadcast Sound
    ETH205 Ethics and Law in the Creative Industry
    [ ] Elective

    Students may elect to exit at this point with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design.

    Year 3 - Session 1
    VPA315 Design Portfolio (16 points)
    COM220 Script Analysis and Interpretation
    [ ] Elective

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

    Photography / Graphic Design specialisations– full-time:
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital 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
    VPA105 Typography and Publishing

    Year 2 - Session 1
    PHT220 Photo Imaging
    PHT221 Digital Photography Studio
    GRP223 Strategic Thinking in Design
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Year 2 - Session 2
    PHT203 Imaging Theories and Techniques
    PHT222 Photomedia Studio
    GRP209 Design for Communication
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries

    Students may elect to exit at this point with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design.

    Year 3 - Session 1
    PHT321 Photography Practice and Research (16 points)
    GRP224 Identity and Branding
    COM111 Professional Writing

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    GRP225 Experimental Design

    Year 4 - Session 1
    GRP322 Professional Graphic Design Practice (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    [ ] Minor

    Year 4 - Session 2
    VPA320 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

    Photography / Graphic Design specialisations - part-time:
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging

    Year 1 - Session 2
    PHT115 Black and White Analogue Photography
    PHT116 Introduction to Digital Photography

    Year 2 - Session 1
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 2 - Session 2
    GRP117 Graphic Design Theory, Context and Practice
    VPA105 Typography and Publishing

    Year 3 - Session 1
    PHT221 Digital Photography Studio
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Year 3 - Session 2
    PHT222 Photomedia Studio
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries

    Year 4 - Session 1
    PHT220 Photo Imaging
    COM111 Professional Writing

    Year 4 - Session 2
    PHT203 Imaging Theories and Techniques
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

    Year 5 - Session 1
    GRP224 Identity and Branding
    ART304 Aspects of Design

    Year 5 - Session 2
    GRP225 Experimental Design
    Minor / Elective

    Year 6 - Session 1
    GRP223 Strategic Thinking in Design

    Year 6 - Session 2
    GRP209 Design for Communication

    Students may elect to exit at this point with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design.

    Year 7 - Session 1
    PHT321 Photography Practice and Research (16 points)

    Year 7 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)

    Year 8 - Session 1
    GRP322 (16 points)

    Year 8 - Session 2
    VPA320 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)

  • 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
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieFPOSYNN 
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYNEABG
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAAQ
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKAA
    UACOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYNN211420
    DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYNNKAGP
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYN211414

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

    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 (Art History)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Environmental Art)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Fine Arts)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Sound Design)

    Successful completion of 256 points for:

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

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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

    We recommend the following STUDY LINK subjects for this course:

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