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Diploma of Graphic Design

VTAC Code: CUA50720 CRICOS: 105819F VTAC Number: Fairfield 6900368114

Overview

Campus
Campus
Duration

1 year full time

Duration

1 year

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

Design a bright future for yourself

Our Diploma of Graphic Design CUA50720 offers hands-on, practical skills. The course combines practical applied design and theory, allowing you to gain a solid range of skills for future employment within the design industry. 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 graphic design program gives you practical design skills and the chance to develop a strong creative style. You’ll develop design skills to a proficient and professional level, ready to work as a junior graphic designer or freelance artist. You’ll develop skills for both contemporary technologies and traditional design processes, recognising that both are necessary for employment in the graphic design industry.

Your teachers are all industry professionals who guide and support students throughout their studies. You’ll access opportunities to connect with the design industry and collaborate with other students within the Melbourne Polytechnic creative arts network.

Learning from practising specialists ensures that the knowledge you gain is up-to-date and relevant to the industry. Melbourne Polytechnic has a huge range of facilities and software. You will have access to the Fairfield Campus computer labs, Epson printers and scanners. You will get your own subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, to use on campus and for home use. Our Diploma of Graphic Design CUA50720 is the perfect pathway into our Bachelor of Illustration - the only specialist Illustration degree in Australia.

Major study topics:

  • digital imaging
  • advertising and promotional design
  • drawing and illustration
  • packaging and publication design
  • finished art, prepress and printing
  • typography and visual communications
  • 2D design
  • concept design
  • business skills

Career Pathways

Where will the Diploma of Graphic Design CUA50720 take me?

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
  • Graphic Designer

Study Pathways

On successful completion of this diploma course you may continue on to further studies in the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development CUA60420 or a Bachelor of Illustration.

Book an interview

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

Course Details

Delivery methods

Classroom based with additional resources online.

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus

Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute.

Class Schedule

Tue - Morning and Afternoon
Wed - Morning and Afternoon
Thu - Morning and Afternoon
Fri - Morning and Afternoon

Assessment Methods

Assessment by coursework and folio presentation

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
BSBLEG525 Apply legal principles in intellectual property law matters Elective 50
BSBMKG551 Create multiplatform advertisements for mass media Elective 40
CUAACD531 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools Core 80
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes Elective 70
CUAACD537 Refine 3-D design ideas and processes Elective 70
CUADES413 Develop and extend design skills and practice Core 30
CUADES511 Implement design solutions Elective 70
CUADIG512 Design digital applications Elective 60
CUADIG516 Design interactions Elective 60
CUADIG519 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art Elective 80
CUAGRD501 Research visual communication history and theory Core 55
CUAGRD502 Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications Core 60
CUAGRD503 Produce typographic design solutions Core 60
CUAGRD514 Create and manipulate graphics Core 60
CUAGRD515 Design and manipulate complex layouts Core 65
CUAGRD516 Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs Core 60
CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative work Elective 50
CUAILL511 Develop professional illustrations Elective 70
CUAPPR513 Present a body of own creative work Core 60

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $12250 $16350
Materials fee $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $12500 $16600
Per year $19052
Per semester $9526

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

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 2021. 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.

Fees explained

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

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

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

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.
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.

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
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, such as the Adobe Creative suite. Skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or formal study. Attend an interview.

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 from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

You will be asked to attend an interview to ensure that this is the right course for you.

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 enrol online or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

Diploma students 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 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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 1300 635 276

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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