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Diploma of Graphic Design

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Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Graphic Design offers hands-on, practical skills. The course combines practical design processes and theory, allowing you to gain a solid base for future employment in the design industry.

Key details

Degree Type
Diploma
Duration
12 months full-time
Course Code
CUA50715, 090463A
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Feb

About this course

Design a bright future for yourself

Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Graphic Design offers hands-on, practical skills. The course combines practical design processes and theory, allowing you to gain a solid base for future employment in the design industry. Graphic design is the most popular cultural occupation in Australia, with over 59,000 Australians working in the field. Advance your knowledge of the fundamentals of graphic design and stand out from the pack in this creative industry.

Illustrate your skills

Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Graphic Design has been developed to help you build strong practical skills and a theoretical foundation in design. Build skills in analysing design problems and developing solutions. You will learn about contemporary and traditional graphic design processes for both print and digital platforms. You'll cover 2D and 3D design, colour theory, concept development, design process and theory, digital imaging and computer graphics, drawing and illustration, professional typesetting and type design, information graphics, packaging and publication design, pre-press and web design basics. Learn from practising professionals, ensuring that the knowledge you gain is up-to-date and relevant to the industry. Melbourne Polytechnic has a huge range of facilities and software, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Mac labs, Epson printers and scanners and life-drawing facilities. Our Diploma of Graphic Design is the perfect pathway into our Bachelor of Illustration - the only specialist Illustration degree in Australia.

Become a professional in the industry

On successful completion of the Diploma of Graphic Design you may like to advance your studies and enrol into the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design or into Melbourne Polytechnic's highly sought and completely unique Bachelor of Illustration. Your prospective employers include advertising agencies, art and design studios, and packaging and publishing companies. You might also work in trade-houses and large printing firms, multimedia studios or as a self-employed graphic designer.

Entry requirements

  • All applicants are required to attend an interview and folio presentation.
  • Your folio needs to provide evidence of technical skills demonstrating examples of graphic design work that responds to various design challenges. Use of typography that supports a design solution and an ability to use graphic design industry software, such as the Adobe Creative suite.
  • Skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or formal study.
  • Successful completion of VCE/equivalent or mature age
  • Non-VCE applicants must be at least 17 years old
  • VCE students selected on the basis of interview and folio
  • Non-VCE and direct applicants selected on the basis of interview and folio

Study locations

Fairfield

Career pathways

  • advertising agencies
  • large and small art and design studios
  • advertising departments of large retail companies
  • packaging and publishing companies (newspapers, magazines and books)
  • trade-houses (pre-press and large printing firms)
  • multimedia studios
  • Graphic Designer

Credit for prior study or work

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Creative Arts courses at Melbourne Polytechnic.
56%
Employed full-time