Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours)

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours), students must complete 400 credit points comprising of:

  • 12 Core units of study (150 credit points)
  • a combination of 12.5 and 25 credit point units from one of the Communication Design major streams (200 credit points):
    - Communication Design stream
    - Design Factory Melbourne Projects
    - Design Factory Melbourne Global Projects
  • 4 units of study (50 credit points) comprising of a minor or electives

Industry placement
This course includes an industry experience component. Selection processes apply. This may be an external Industry Placement, Industry Projects completed at Swinburne or working in the Design Factory Melbourne.

External Industry Placement
This is a program in which students are placed in paid, supervised employment, for 24 or 48 weeks, relevant to their studies as part of their degree. It aims to provide experiential, discipline-specific learning in an authentic, real-world environment.

Through observation, enquiry and practice under the supervision and guidance of professional practitioners and an academic mentor, students will engage in professional experiences and test and critically assess their learning to date. The experience contextualises existing design skills within an understanding of the impact of client, customer, team dynamics and direction in the design process.

Industry Placement gives students practical experience to add to their academic studies, and is a proven advantage in the graduate job market. All Industry Placements are subject to availability of places.

Students entering the program with 250 credit points or more are unable to undertake the Industry Placement component of the course. 

Honours merit calculation
An honours merit calculation will be based on the averaged results of the last 100 credits in the final year of the course with the following descriptive outcomes:

  • Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours) with High Distinction for students who achieve 80 or above
  • Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours) for students who achieve 70 – 79
  • Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours) with Credit; for students who achieve 60 – 69
  • Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours) for students who achieve less than 60

For students who enter with exempted credits, a minimum of at least 100 credits within the Communication Design discipline units is required to be eligible for an award and for an honours merit calculation. At least 75 out of the last 100 credits comply with AQF level 8. This honours merit calculation will be based only on units completed at Swinburne. If a student has not completed the specified units, they will graduate with a Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours) as an award title, but not be eligible for a merit based honours description.

The following units will be used in the Honours merit calculation:

4th year - Stream 1 (Communication Design)
DES30062 Industry Placement 2 or DDD40014 Advanced Industry Projects
DDD40001 Methods for Design Research
DCO40001 Communication Design Studio
DDD40002 Design-led Innovation: Research Project

4th year - Stream 2 (Design Factory Melbourne projects)
DDD40001 Methods for Design Research
DDD40012 DFM Toolbox: Innovation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration 1
DDD40013 DFM Practice: Innovation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration 2
DDD40007 Industry Engagement and the Problem Solving Space 
DDD40002 Design-led Innovation: Research Project

Elective 

4th year - Stream 3 (Design Factory Melbourne Global projects)
DDD40015 Research Methods for Global Design Innovation
DDD40010 DFM Global Toolbox: Innovation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
DDD40011 DFM: Global Innovation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration 1
DDD40004 DFM: Global Innovation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration 2
DDD40005 DFM: Design for Science and Technology 1
DDD40006 DFM: Design for Science and Technology 2

Maximum Academic Credit
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours) is 200 credit points (normally 16 units)