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Bachelor of Communication and Media: Visual Communication Design

The Visual Communication Design specialisation at the University of Wollongong Dubai allows you to develop skills in graphic design for both traditional and emerging media.

You will learn graphic design principles and practices, while working on client-driven design projects for print, online, mobile and emerging platforms. As part of the course, you will be introduced to the principles of typography and illustration, the fundamentals of interactive UI/UX design, motion graphics, animation and much more. 

You will study the ways in which emerging digital platforms are changing the context for visual communication design, both in a regional context and internationally.

You will graduate with flexible visual design skills, ready for new career opportunities that focus on communicating messages visually across a broad spectrum of contexts and media.


4 Years - Full-time

Spring - January
Summer - June
Autumn - September

Tuition Fees
AED 232,943
USD 63,472
(VAT 5% inclusive)


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Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program you will be a creative visual communicator, prepared for a range of roles, such as:

  • Interaction Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Graphic Designer & Illustrator
  • Visual Communication Specialist
  • Environment Designer

Accreditation and Recognition

Accreditation and Recognition

This program is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs and is fully recognised within the UAE, GCC nations and internationally for further education and employment in the private and public sectors.

In addition, the program is quality assured by UOW, which is registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), the national regulator of the higher education sector in Australia. UOWD graduates have the opportunity to exchange their UOWD degree for the equivalent UOW Australia degree after completion.

Program Structure

To qualify for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Communication and Media, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 204 Credit Points (cp) comprising of the below:

  • 60cp of General Education subjects
  • 48cp of Program Core subjects
  • 48cp of Specialisation Core subjects
  • 48cp of Electives

Program Core

Subject Code Subject title Credit Points
BCM 110 Introduction to Media and Communication 6
BCM 111 Global Media and Culture 6
BCM 113 Media Ethics 6
BCM 114 Making Media 6
BCM 212 Understanding Research Practice 6
BCM 222 Global Media and Social Justice 6
BCM 241 Media, Audience, Place 6
BCM 312 Emerging Issues in Media and Communication 6
BCM 313 The Future of Work


Specialisation Core

Subject Code Subject title Credit Points
VCD 101 Introduction to Visual Communication Design 6
VCD 102 Interaction Design Fundamentals 6
VCD 201 Typography 6
VCD 203 Social Impact Design 6
VCD 302 Motion Design 6
VCD 301 Professional Design Practice 6
BCM 303 Collaborative Production Workshop 6
VCD 390 Advanced Design project 6

Plus 8 (48cp) electives. Zero level (00) subjects cannot be taken as electives

General Education (GED)

Students are required to complete 60 credit points of General Education from the following seven (7) categories:

Subject Code Subject Title Credit Points
English, Arabic or other languages (18cp)
GEDA010 Academic Language Skills 6
GEDB010 Research Language Skills 6
GED 020 Academic Study Skills 2 6
Two subjects from Information Technology and Mathematics (12cp)
MATH060 Foundation Mathematics for Business 6
CSIT111 Introduction to Programming 6
CSIT128 Introduction to Web Technology 6
ISIT301 Professional Practice and Ethics 6
Islamic Studies, History or Culture (6cp)
ARTS017 Islamic Culture 6
Natural or Physical Sciences (6cp)
ENVI030 Environmental Science 6
One subject from Humanities or Arts (6cp)
ARTS035 Introduction to Philosophy 6
LAW 101 Law, Business and Society 6
Social or Behavioural Sciences (12cp)
PSYC015 Introduction to Psychology 6
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology 6



Acting Program Director

Dr Michael L. Mallory

Dr Michael L. Mallory
Assistant Professor
PhD Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought (PACT) European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland; MA Media and Communication, European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland; BS Social Science, Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA

Dr Michael believes some of the most meaningful learning happens when students are able to take ownership of their education...

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