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Diploma of Graphic Design

Design a bright future for yourself. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Graphic Design offers you hands-on practical skills integrated with design processes and theory. Gain a solid grounding for future employment and ensure your knowledge of the fundamentals of graphic design.

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Design your future

In this course, you will develop strong practical skills and a theoretical foundation in design. You will build your skills in analysing problems and developing well thought-out solutions.

You will learn about contemporary and traditional graphic design processes for both print and digital platforms. The course covers:

  • 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
  • Web design basics

Industry connections and resources

You will be taught by practising professionals, ensuring that the knowledge you gain is up-to-date and relevant to the industry.

At Melbourne Polytechnic you will have access to:

  • 2 x Mac labs
  • 3 x Practical rooms
  • Latest industry software including Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Industry standard Epson stylus Pro 780 colour banner printer
  • Epson stylus Pro 4880 colour A3 printer
  • Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanners
  • Life drawing facilities
  • Light boxes

Employment outcomes

On graduation, your prospective employers could include advertising agencies, art and design studios, packaging and publishing companies. You can also work in trade-houses (large printing firms), multimedia studios or you could work in a self-employed capacity.

Pathways to further study

On successful completion of the Diploma of Graphic Design you may like to advance further studies in the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design or even on to a degree in your specialist area, such as Melbourne Polytechnic’s highly sought and completely unique Bachelor of Illustration. Our Bachelor of Illustration is the only Illustration degree on offer in Australia!

Assessment

You will be assessed through coursework and folio presentation.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Contact

For any additional information please contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Career Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

Local Students

Code

CUA50715

VTAC Code

Fairfield 6900368114

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Department

Visual Arts
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 months

Part-time: available
Variable - please contact Melbourne Polytechnic to discuss part-time options

Class Schedule: *

Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Classroom

Fees for 2017

Eligible:$9700
Ineligible:$15950

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

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Assessment Methods

Assessment by coursework and folio presentation

Materials

You will be required to purchase specialist equipment/materials throughout the duration of the course. Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department

Entrance 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 ATAR or interview and folio (book here)
  • Non-VCE and direct applicants selected on the basis of interview and folio (book here)

Pathways to further study

On successful completion of this Diploma course you may continue on to further studies in the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design or a degree in your specialist area, for example, in our Bachelor of Illustration course

Career Pathways

Once you graduate, your prospective employers include:
  • 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

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • April
  • July
  • August
  • Midyear

International Students

Code

CUA50715

CRICOS Code

090463A

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Duration

Full-time: 12 months

Modes of Delivery

Classroom

Entrance Requirements

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or recognised equivalency
Other: Applicants are required to present a folio, which should demonstrate the use of a range of materials and techniques including a selection of graphic design solutions, typography, illustrations, visual artwork, photography, freehand observational drawings, digital and other artwork. Demonstrated 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.

Assessment Methods

Assessment by coursework and folio presentation

Materials

Students will be required to purchase specialist equipment/materials throughout the duration of the course at an approximate total cost of $200.00 AUD. Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $7560
  • Tuition fees per year: $15120
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Pathways to further study

On successful completion of this Diploma course you may continue on to further studies in the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design or a degree in your specialist area, for example, in our Bachelor of Illustration course

Career Pathways

Once you graduate, your prospective employers include:
  • 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

Enrolment Intake

  • February
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Units Of Study

The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
BSBADV509 Create mass print media advertisements 30
BSBDES403 DEVELOP AND EXTEND DESIGN SKILLS AND PRACTICE 30
BSBDES501 IMPLEMENT DESIGN SOLUTIONS 60
BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright 50
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools 70
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes 70
CUAACD507 Refine 3-D design ideas and processes 70
CUADIG502 Design digital applications 50
CUADIG506 Design interaction 40
CUADIG509 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art 70
CUAGRD501 Research visual communication history and theory 55
CUAGRD502 Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications 60
CUAGRD503 Produce typographic design solutions 60
CUAGRD504 Create and manipulate graphics 60
CUAGRD505 Design and manipulate complex layouts 65
CUAGRD506 Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs 60
CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative work 50
CUAILL501 Develop professional illustrations 70
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work 60

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.