Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Managing facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titleBVisComm(Hons)
CRICOS code067951K
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Mr Warren Taylor


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Full-time study only


This course offers a program of education in the discipline and practice of graphic design or graphic design research and provides students with the opportunity to intensively study an area of specialisation of their own choice.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • identify, evaluate and communicate relevant research concepts in relation to aesthetics, history and theory both locally and internationally, at a level compatible with entry level higher research degree in the relevant discipline
  • interpret, represent and respond to the socio-economic and cultural contexts of visual communication and the ethical responsibilities of the professional designer
  • independently develop design strategies, form concepts, refine, detail and communicate design proposals
  • interpret, represent and respond to diverse modes of human experience, expression and linguistic diversity including the socio-economic and cultural contexts of visual communication practice and the ethical responsibilities of the profession
  • engage collaboratively with other professionals, recognise and contribute to project and business management practices relevant to visual communication
  • critically assess contemporary discourse, speculative design theory and research both locally and internationally


This course consists of:

(a.) graphic design studio projects (30 points)

(b.) one of the following strands:

  • preparation for a higher degree (12 points):
  • professional practice (12 points):

(c.) elective

(d.) occupational health and safety unit (0 points), if not previously passed or exempted.


All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

First semester

  • AHT4503 Advanced art theory* or TAD4523 Design research methods and seminar**
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points) - if required
  • VCO4107 Major project (visual communication) part 1 (12 points)
  • elective

Second semester

  • AHT4504 Art theory research seminar* or PPR4102 Professional practice and business planning for design**
  • VCO4108 Major project (visual communication) part 2 (18 points)

* Higher degree strand unit.

** Professional practice strand unit.


The Honours Degree of Bachelor of Visual Communication