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Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication

Course Description

This course is offered on a full fee paying basis to eligible domestic students. Fees are established per unit and can be found in the unit descriptions within the course schedule. Click on 'View fees for this unit' and select 'Tuition fee (domestic) Post 2008' as the fee type. International students please refer to International Services at www.utas.edu.au/internationalVisual communication designers of the future will need to possess extensive expertise and a clear, incisive quality of thinking that will enable them to meet evolving cultural and social networks. As new technologies are continually developed, designers play a key role in their adoption, application and dissemination; there are no limits to the number of fields to which designers contribute. The course equips students with a range of core research and technical skills and adaptive creative approaches to prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead in this rapidly evolving field.

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication is to offer Graphic Designers a postgraduate professional practice award that directly relates to the contemporary workplace circumstances of the Design industry.
Career outcomes for graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication include specialisations in graphic design, electronic/multimedia design, print media, packaging design, product design, computer games, advertising, illustration design, and aspects of film, television, music and theatre design.
The Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication program objectives are to:
*Enhance students' Visual Communication knowledge and competency within a professional context;
*Familiarise students with the professional Graphic Design/Visual Communication industry;
*Refine and extend students' creative problem solving skills through projects directly related to industry;
*Learn and practise correct occupational health and safety procedures applicable to sole owner/operator design businesses and group workplace environments;

Career Outcomes
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication find employment in a variety of positions within the arts professions including individual design studio practice, arts/gallery administration, research and teaching, as well as participating in individual and group-generated projects and studio practice.

Additional Information
Students currently enrolled in the MVC may apply to graduate with the GDVC.

Course Abbreviation

Upon admission into the course students may apply for credit for previous study. Normally, students who have graduated in a Graduate Diploma or Honours degree may, at the discretion of the Faculty, be awarded credit of up to one-third of the MVC course. Alternatively, also at the discretion of the Faculty, credit of up to one third may be give for achievements by applicants in other awards and professional practice.
Supporting information is required with all applications as follows:
- A study proposal
Please follow the proposal guidelines outlined below.
Your initial proposal forms the basis of your project, to be discussed and reworked in consultation with your supervisor early in the program.
*A digital portfolio
*Please provide up to 20 images of your recent work either as jpeg files no larger than 1MB each or send a web link to your visual work online.
*Your curriculum vitae
Please focus on details of experience relevant to this application.
*Educational qualifications
Please provide certified copies of your academic transcripts.
Your study proposal should be approximately 1,000words in length and include the following:
1). A brief description of your project, outlining your intentions and proposed outcomes.
2). An outline of the strategies you will employ in the development of your project.
In the case of studio-based projects, this should include the practical and / or technical steps required.
3). A discussion of the significance of the project, explaining why this project is of interest to you in personal, social or artistic terms. Where relevant refer to previous projects that you have worked on.
4). A summary of contextual references for your project. This may include other work in the field that is relevant to your project in terms of idea, theme, style, method or technique

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications http://www.utas.edu.au/international/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/equivalent-undergraduate-entry-requirements-by-country .

English Language Requirements
International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.
For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided.
Alternatively, applicants can provide evidence that English has been the sole medium of instruction and examination in their most recent studies, for a minimum of 2 years, and within the last 24 months. Academic transcripts and a letter from your institution will be required.

International students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements http://www.utas.edu.au/international/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/general-admission-requirements .

Entry Requirements

To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate the potential to successfully undertake the Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication. A personal or telephone interview may be required. Successful applicants will be expected to have completed an undergraduate degree in visual communication or visual art, or in a cognate discipline, with credit or above results in their final year of major. A person, who possesses such other qualifications and professional experience deemed by the Faculty to provide an adequate preparation for study equivalent to that provided for by an undergraduate degree, may be admitted to the course.

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