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Bachelor of Design - Communication Design Major

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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Study communication design and apply graphic design and digital skills to create typographic and visual meaning in graphic and interaction design, branding, illustration, photography, advertising, motion graphics and art direction.

Communication design focuses on generating content and visually communicating ideas, messages and meaning to respond to societal, environmental and commercially relevant themes and issues. Because it's such a diverse subject, it can lead to a wide range of design careers.

You’ll work in AUT's open studios and computer labs with industry standard software, and have access to excellent facilities, including a printmaking lab, risograph, photographic studio and book bindery.

Career opportunities if you study the Communication Design major

Continue towards postgraduate studies, establish your own freelance business, or work in design or advertising agencies, print and multimedia companies, or inhouse design teams.

Roles may include:

  • Advertising and brand creative
  • Online and social media manager or content creator
  • Creative or account director
  • Graphic designer
  • Publication or information designer
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Motion graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Print-based designer

Entry criteria

University Entrance or equivalent

Minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 80; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with B/B+ grade; AUT Academic English with B grade; CAE minimum overall score of 169; PTE minimum overall score of 50.

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