1 year full time
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.
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.
Once you graduate, your prospective employers include:
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.
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Classroom based with additional resources online.
Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.
Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.
Tue - Morning and Afternoon
Wed - Morning and Afternoon
Thu - Morning and Afternoon
Fri - Morning and Afternoon
Assessment by coursework and folio presentation
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|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|
|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|
|Government subsidised fee||Non-subsidised fee|
|Maximum annual amenities||$250||$250|
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.
The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment.
The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.
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:
Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.
The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.
After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.
Complete the application form on the application form webpage.
You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.
We’ll ask you to attend an interview to ensure that this is the right course for you.
Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.
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 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
Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.
Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.