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Graphic Design

Advanced Diploma of

Code: CUA60315 Cricos: 093470M
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

12 months full time / available part time

Duration

12 months full time / available part time

Requirements

Diploma of Graphic Design. Interview.

Requirements

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. Diploma of Graphic Design. Interview.

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

Design a creative future in graphics

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design has an excellent reputation in the graphic design industry, boasting real employment opportunities for graduates through our widespread industry networks. You’ll develop top visual communication skills with practical applications. Graphic design is more important than ever, thanks to visual communication platforms like Instagram and Facebook, and the Australian industry is set to grow by almost 20% in the next five years.

Study design that’s supported by industry

Melbourne Polytechnic has been delivering the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design for almost 40 years. We were one of the original providers of design education as the industry was forming in Australia in the 1970s and 1980s. Our long history in graphic design has taught us how to ensure you graduate job-ready. You’ll carry out advanced studies with complex briefs and visual communication problems, addressing a range of economic, social and environmental concerns. You’ll learn advertising and marketing design, professional design practice, motion graphics, advanced illustration, environmental design and complex packaging and publication design. Working with our industry partners, Melbourne Polytechnic gives students the opportunity to see firsthand what it’s like to work in an advertising agency, a design studio, a production house, or a multimedia studio. You will have the opportunity to attend conferences, workshops and studio access to enhance your networking with Australian and international designers.

The graphic design course that gets results

Our unique training offers you a proven and preferred pathway to industry with our strongest students historically gaining employment within six months of graduating. On graduation from Melbourne Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design, you will have a strong practical portfolio of your work that shows you are ready for the industry. You might find work as an illustrator, a graphic designer, a web designer, an industrial designer or a multimedia artist.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

  • Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Assistant Website Designer

Pathways

Completion of this course could lead you into a graphic design career or prepare you for further tertiary study, including our own extremely popular Bachelor of Illustration where you will receive 8 subjects/1 year credit.

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Blended
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

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

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBDES502 ESTABLISH, NEGOTIATE AND REFINE A DESIGN BRIEF Core 65
BSBDES601 MANAGE DESIGN REALISATION Core 50
BSBPMG522 UNDERTAKE PROJECT WORK Core 60
BSBWOR501 MANAGE PERSONAL WORK PRIORITIES AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Core 60
CUADIG401 AUTHOR INTERACTIVE MEDIA Core 50
CUADIG403 CREATE USER INTERFACES Core 50
CUAGRD601 ENGAGE IN THE BUSINESS OF GRAPHIC DESIGN Core 65
CUAGRD602 ORIGINATE GRAPHIC DESIGNS FOR COMPLEX BRIEFS Core 65
CUAGRD603 EXTEND TYPOGRAPHIC DESIGN EXPERTISE Core 60
CUAGRD604 DEVELOP AND DESIGN ADVERTISING CONCEPTS Core 55
CUAGRD605 DEVELOP GRAPHIC DESIGNS FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT Core 55
CUAGRD606 DEVELOP GRAPHIC DESIGNS FOR PACKAGING Core 55
CUAGRD607 DEVELOP GRAPHIC DESIGNS FOR BRANDING AND IDENTITY Core 55
CUAILL502 REFINE ILLUSTRATION TECHNIQUES Core 70
CUAPPR504 ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE CREATIVE PRACTICE Core 30

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $8500 $12150
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $8750 $12400
Per year $14900
Per semester $7450

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counseling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

You will be required to pay an upfront materials fee of $200.00 AUD at enrolment in addition to purchasing specialist equipment/materials throughout the duration of the course, with the approximate 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

Book an interview

This course requires an interview for entry. Please make a booking for your interview time by clicking book an interview
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Requirements

  • Successful completion of Diploma of Graphic Design or equivalent skills and experience demonstrated through a folio
  • 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
  • Non-VCE and direct applicants selected on the basis of interview and folio

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 Melbourne Polytechnic 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 i.e. Adobe Creative Suite.

Skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

To enrol in this course you are asked to attend an interview and folio presentation with one of our Creative Arts staff to ensure that this is the right course for you.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 3 9269 8400

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