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Bachelor of Design - Communication Design

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Hamilton Campus


The study of Design combines an understanding of human needs and desires, forming creative solutions, prototyping and developing artefacts and evaluating their impact and effectiveness in society. It comprises a well-balanced combination of analytical, technological and creative abilities.

Communication Design is concerned with visually communicating messages and ideas across multiple media platforms. As a communication designer, you will work to combine type and image to attract an audience's attention and deliver your client's messages.

Communication Design is also known as visual communication design or graphic design.

As a communication designer, you will be responsible for arranging typography, form and image on a myriad of communication platforms, and in various types of media. You will be recognised for the quality of your contribution to our visual culture.

Communication designers work in areas such as branding, environmental graphics, wayfinding systems, editorial design (newspapers, magazines, books), catalogues, museum displays and every aspect of our visual landscape where there is a communication need. You will find communication designers working in digital mediums too, and the Communication Design major offers opportunities for you to learn web design and motion graphic design as well.

Career opportunities

  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Web Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Art Director

Graduate study options:

Master of Design

Entry criteria

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

You can apply if you have international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA University Entrance. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more details, please visit university website.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The University's English language entry requirements are: IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 80 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 with no PTE communicative skills below 42; iBT (home-based) TOEFL: 80 with a score of 21 in writing; C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English Advanced CAE): 169 and no bands below 162; C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Proficiency Exam CPE): 169 and no bands below 162; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 80.

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