BH020 - Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours)

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Plan: BH020P04 - Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BDes(CommDes)(Hons)
Total credit points: 96
Career: UGRD
Duration: 1 year (2 semesters) full time
Location: City campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100501
CRICOS code: 076020A

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Purpose of the Program

This program aims to develop research capable graduates who will be responsive in leading and practising communication design that is socially responsible and sustainable. It will provide you with the skills relevant for developing a strong personal and professional position that is sensitive to the multiplicity and complexity of issues that underpin contemporary communication design.

Your study in the program will be framed by design learning processes that are located in a reflective and research orientated context. You will develop sophisticated design research skills that can be applied academically and professionally well as learn how to contribute to knowledge in the design, media and communication industries.

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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

An honours degree is the most common pathway for students wishing to undertake postgraduate research. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, or other universities, including higher degrees by research.

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Entrance requirements

Entry to the Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours) requires a minimum GPA of 3, or its equivalent, in a relevant undergraduate program.

International on-shore applicants also need to have achieved a minimum standard of English in either:

  • IELTS - 6.5+ (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL - Paper Based = 600+ (TWE 5.0+)
  • TOEFL (IBT) overall score 92, minimum 20 in all sections
  • REW - Advanced Plus Certificate (Advanced 2 Certificate pre-2011)
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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognize or accredit programs in Communication Design.

Industry Links

The School of Media and Communication has many close links with industry which take on a variety of different forms. In the Honours program, it will be possible for students to undertake research projects with or aligned to industry. Practice based research projects will enable students to investigate a problem with a specific industry sector or community group as a partner.

Academics within the School are strongly encouraged to maintain their linkages with industry.

Each discipline area runs a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that their programs’ links with industry standards and practice remain current.

In addition the School makes regular use of outside industry experts as guest lecturers to ensure that students are exposed to current industry developments in communication design. The regular use of sessional teaching staff also provides students with exposure to current industry practitioners.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, ejournals and newspapers.

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Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
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  • career development and employment
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  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
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