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Having the audio and film guys to work with me on my projects taught me a lot about the whole process. I put this into action as one of the animators on the ‘Happy Feet’ films.

Damien Schneider,
Freelance Animation Artist, Animation Alumni

 

FURTHER LEARNING PATHWAYS

Upon successful completion of the Undergraduate Certificate in Design for Visual Communication, a student can apply for RPL for four units (24 credit points) in one of the following awards.


Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

[CRICOS 085009K]
2 years (6 trimesters)
Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane
FEE-HELP Available

Diploma of Design (Visual Communication)

[CRICOS 085007A]
8 months (2 trimesters)
Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane
FEE-HELP Available

 

 CURRICULUM


Design Fundamentals

This unit explores the foundations of good visual design. Students will learn the different elements and principles of visual communication like Gestalt, colour theory, layout, typography, etc... and explore how to bring these components together to create strong visual messages.


Design Processes

The aim of this subject is to build an awareness of a reliable and thorough creative process. It aims to instil commitment, individual and group, to that process, and to provide working tools for the origination and development of creative projects.



Typography & Layout

The way a designer chooses to make language visible has a deep impact on audiences’ perception of the information being transmitted. This subject will explore making typography in a variety of mediums including digital applications. Through a mixture of theory and practice, you will come to develop an understanding of visual language.

Visual Thinking

Producing perfect pictures is not the main goal of this subject. Drawing, sketching and modelling play an important role at key moments in the design process. You will learn to use design communication both as a persuasive device to sell their concept and as a reflective practice throughout the design process.

EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES

Completing the undergraduate certificate provides graduates with the opportunity to seek work in junior/entry level positions, either in the creative industries or as a creative embedded in other industries. They will be able to enhance their employability with a demonstration of their expertise, coupled with a fundamental understanding of the principles and practices involved in their field's professional practice. This course also broadens career opportunities, with graduates being able to build on their creative skills as they apply to their current workplace.

Students who choose to continue their studies into diploma or degree programs may also  find employment in the following roles:
  • Visual Communication
  • Brand and Identity Design
  • Digital Design
  • Experience Design
  • UX Consultantancy
  • UX/UI Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Art Direction
  • Social Media Design
  • Content Coordination
  • Multimedia Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Interface Design
  • Web/App Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Events Design
  • Spatial Design
  • 3D Visualisation
  • Design Research
  • UX Research
  • Motion Design
  • Graphic Facilitation

FAQs

As with any design you will need to communicate ideas via drawing and sketching. We believe anyone can learn how to think visually, and we teach sketching techniques right from the beginning. So, if you are open to making marks and learning how to do it well, that’s all you need to start!
We are committed to strengthening our Design Industry connections by fostering both internships and industry based projects. You will also be mentored by industry practitioners on some of the projects throughout your course of study. In addition, we have industry guests come and talk on a range of topics in each trimester, so you get to build your network even before you graduate.
This course is very hands on and you will tackle real world creative projects. However, having a foundational understanding of design theory is still vitally important. There is approximately a 25% (theory) to 75% (practice) balance.
Applications used in the Game Design course include Maya for modelling and animation, MotionBuilder for motion capture, Substance Painter & Designer for texturing and ZBrush for digital sculpture.

Unity 3D will be your core game engine and you'll work with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects. You will also have the chance to try a range of other packages such as Nuke, SourceTree & Foundry Mari.
Yes. The JMC Academy is registered and regulated by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) which is Australia's independent national regulator of the higher education sector, both public and private.
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I’m so grateful for my time at JMC Academy. It was a dream come true to find a course (and great lecturers!) that challenged and helped me grow into the designer and person I am today!

Serena Kassam
Digital Marketing Assistant
Visual Communication Alumni

Everyone that comes to JMC has their own vibe and their own flavour. You see it come out in the work they produce and I feel like the lecturers appreciate that everyone has their own personal taste.

Steven Abboud
Graphic Designer, Next Level Generation Performing Arts Company
Visual Communication Alumni

I love the fact that we were not constrained and could show what we are really capable of. It made me want to push my own boundaries to learn new styles and techniques to incorporate into my work.

Anthony Abade
Graphic Designer, Accent Group Ltd
Visual Communication Alumni

JMC provided me the chance to explore my inner creativity and develop problem solving skills through ‘real world’ situations, leaving me well prepared to enter the industry.

Cody Waters
Digital Designer, Elastic Studios
Visual Communication Alumni
This course is very hands on. It's really quite different to anything I'd ever looked at studying before. 

Savannah Lee
Online Coordinator. DKM Blue
Visual Communication Alumni

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