Bachelor of Communication Design

Learn how to think like a designer to solve complex problems with curiosity, agility, experimentation, and creativity.

In a single degree, the Bachelor of Communication Design brings together digital and interactive design, graphic design, and visual communication so that you graduate as a future-focused design professional, ready to work across a wide range of industries.

A selection of works from our graduating Communication Design students, as presented in MADA Now 2020. Explore more...

Career possibilities

The Australian government forecasts strong growth in the demand for designers and illustrators over the next few years. The dynamic nature of communication design opens up an exciting array of career options: in design studios, advertising, media companies, gaming, film and television, publishing and corporate communications – and much more. With a Bachelor of Communication Design from Monash, you’ll have an industry-relevant qualification and an extensive folio showcasing your complex skills and conceptual engagement across a variety of media and communication platforms.

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How the course works

At Monash, half of your studies take place in the studio – a hands-on, creative environment where you’ll be working side-by-side with your peers under the direction of our award winning designers and industry professionals. The studio is equal parts “design thinking” and “design making”. It’s not just about creating work that looks good, but making a real contribution to visual culture, social engagement and economic futures.

You’ll get right into design in Year 1. For half the year, you’ll be in the studio where you’ll experiment with drawing and digital imaging, and explore all sorts of design – from historical typography to contemporary multimedia and everything in between.

Design Studios: 50%, History and Theory: 25%, Common Unit: 12%, Electives or Double Degree: 12%

Also in Year 1, electives let you choose subjects from across Art, Design and Architecture or the rest of Monash to become the creative professional you want to be. If you choose to study a double degree, this will be subjects from your other degree instead.

Design Studios: 25%, History and Theory: 12%, Electives or Double Degree: 62%

In Year 2, there’s all sorts of time for electives or your double degree. With electives, you might choose to undertake an industry placement and work with a design practice relevant to your discipline, or you could choose to go overseas via an exchange with another university, or at the Monash Prato Centre studying design in Europe – it’s up to you.

Design Studios: 50%, History and Theory: 25%, Electives or Double Degree: 25%

It all comes together in Year 3. You’ll start by picking an area of specialisation to focus on. There are lots to choose from: interactivity, branding, publication design, animation, and more. At the end of the year, you’ll put together a public exhibition of your work so that your friends and family – and industry professionals – can see what you’ve created.

Professional recognition

Monash University’s Bachelor of Communication Design is recognised by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), the peak industry body representing Australian design and designers domestically and internationally.

Study options,
Entry requirements,
and How to apply

It’s your choice: you can study the Bachelor of Communication Design as a single degree (apply via the Bachelor of Design), or, with one extra year of study, graduate with two degrees by including it as part of a double degree.

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Top 5 reasons to study Design at Monash


Think like a designer

Solve complex problems with curiosity, agility, experimentation and creativity.


Double your career opportunities

With one extra year of study, a double degree can open up further career opportunities.


Be ready to tackle complexity

Through interdisciplinary studios, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge future employers will demand.


Learn from the best

You’ll be guided by expert practitioners and industry professionals with up‐to‐date knowledge of current and future trends.


Electives give you choice

Tailor your degree to suit your career ambitions. Choose from over 100 electives in Art, Design and Architecture and more from across the University.

Meet our graduates

Monash grads seek to make a positive difference in the world by taking on global problems and solving them with innovative design solutions. We’d like to introduce you to some of them. More graduates...

Image: Part of a collaborative workshop, Communication Design students design – live! – new icons to represent the mobile-phone selfie generation.