Communication Design - F3702

Communication Design

Bachelor degree (honours year)

The Monash Honours degree provides students with the opportunity to intensively study an area of communication design of their own choice. Students gain an understanding of research concepts, strategies and methods and the skills to apply them in this field of design.Whether you want to get ahead in your career faster, or improve your knowledge, a Monash Honours degree can give you a distinct advantage.

This is a prestigious program in the discipline, practice and research of communication design for high achieving students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree. You will undertake coursework, research and practical training and carry out an independent studio project in your selected area of specialisation, working closely with a supervisor who will provide you with individual guidance and academic counselling. The course offers a pathway to higher level research in communication design. Satisfactory completion of this course may provide credit toward a Monash Masters by coursework degree and will provide the preparation necessary to undertake a Masters by research degree or a Doctorate (PhD) degree.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • 1 year (full time)
Start date First Semester (February)
Qualification Bachelor of Communication Design (Honours)
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Successful completion of an Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in an art and design field with at least a distinction average (70 percent) in 24 points of level three units in the intended honours discipline.

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Extra requirements for domestic applicants:

Applicants must attend an interview with a folio of their work and submit a detailed proposal outlining the aims, objectives and method of presentation of final submission.

Extra requirements for international applicants:

Applicants must submit a folio of their work for assessment and a detailed proposal outlining the aims, objectives and method of presentation of final submission.


What should you include in your folio?

Your folio should include 10-15 pieces of work that have been carefully selected to showcase the technical skills, visual sophistication and current theoretical interests of work produced either during your undergraduate degree or in a course of independent study. Supporting research activity such as drawings, sketchbooks, notebooks or journals that demonstrate your developmental and working processes can be presented at your interview. Your folio will be assessed on the following criteria, which also form the agenda and expectations for study during the honours year:

The selection of and capability with techniques and materials appropriate to the research topic under investigation.

Evidence of an informed and reasoned approach to creative practice: an awareness of the scope of the subject matter chosen for investigation; and knowledge of relevant precedents and the current context for such practice.

Evidence in the work to date of a sustained investigation of the initial premise and where necessary the expansion or re-definition of the parameters of the inquiry.

The ability to formally resolve ideas in a way communicable to the assessors / interviewers, as appropriate to the line of inquiry undertaken and level of completion reached.

Divergent thinking
The capacity for the candidate to operate in a way that is original in relation to the precedents and parameters identified for their practice, contributing to current debates concerning their particular interest in the international field.

Assessments / written submission

Research Proposal

Your research proposal should contain the following headlines:

The proposed title of your project.

Research topic outline
A one to three sentence description that briefly encapsulates your project.

This should be brief, a one or two paragraph description of your current work or study (150 words).

A description of your proposed project or thesis including the historical and theoretical contexts relevant to your project (300-500 words).

Using point form, an outline of the aims of your project or thesis (approximately 5 distinct aims – 100 words).

A description of your research methods, studio or theoretical giving an indication of the motives that guide the research and suggesting approaches to your work and reading that you expect to follow to achieve the aims (200 words).

Prior Reading
Using point form, an outline of the key texts and research topics that have informed your practice to date.

Also, please include a coversheet which states:

  • Proposal for Honours degree of the Bachelor of ---
  • Monash University Art Design & Architecture
  • Your full name and academic qualifications
  • The proposed title and research topic outline
  • The date

Alternative entry pathways

Multiple pathways to this course

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course, including pathways for Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. .More about special admissions schemes...

Making the application

Future students


Applications for this course will open 15 August. Applications for round one will close on 3 November.

First Semester (February)

Apply directly to Monash.

If you need more information, contact the faculty.

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: F3702

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

This course consists of a combination of coursework and research. In the coursework component you will develop advanced theoretical and/or technical knowledge of Communication Design and appropriate research methodologies. In the research component you will plan and execute a major project under the individual guidance of an academic supervisor.