DurationFull-time 1 year
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
Are you ready to hone your skills in graphic design and develop strong technical expertise? You’ll use industry standard software and gain in-depth knowledge of the design process to work in areas of visual and graphic design.
As a graphic designer, daily activities may include:
- creating logos and artwork for products such as packaging or cafe menus
- focusing on graphics used for websites, digital and online platforms.
- creating graphics for clients to sell a product or service. This may be through print or digital publications such as newspapers and magazines or outdoor signage.
This diploma provides you with a strong technical focus that develops your technical expertise in digital design, print production and typography, along with a thorough understanding of design concept development and the design process.
You will explore many forms of visual and graphic communication, including illustration, digital design, typography, calligraphy and lettering, packaging design, books, advertising and publicity material.
You’ll become competent in industry standard software including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
The learning and teaching approach of this course is modelled on how you would work in a commercial design studio.
Through lectures, workshops, presentations and group discussions, you will learn from experienced staff that will mentor you as a junior designer. Teachers are globally connected and divide their time between teaching and working in industry.
You’ll interact with key people from Australian and international companies on industry related projects during the course.
Full-time students are expected to attend approximately 20 hours of classes over four days and undertake approximately 15 hours of extra study and research per week. Most classes are held in computer labs to simulate industry practices. There are often concentrated periods of out-of-class work when assessments are due.
It is recommended that you own a computer, preferably a Mac, which is the industry standard. Please note that this is a recommendation but is not a requirement, as students have access to computer labs on campus.
You will be assessed throughout each semester via project briefs, essays, reports, verbal and visual presentations, group projects, research and practical assignments.
This graphic design area currently conducts an annual overseas study tour, providing you with the opportunity to meet industry speakers and attend workshops and conferences.
RMIT’s Global Experience Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short-term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Through your core and elective subjects in this diploma, you will be introduced to design and production methods and explore:
- digital design
- print and prepress processes
- design concept and theory
- copyright and ethical practice
- industry knowledge.
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Program code: C5409
National curriculum code: CUA50720
Applicants must meet one of the following entry requirements:
- Successful completion of the RMIT Certificate IV in Design
- Complete and submit the selection task
NOTE: Applicants who have successfully completed the Certfiicate IV in Design are not required to complete the Selection Task.
The selection task requires:
- A folio of three (3) different pieces of your original and completed graphic design work.
Completed means there is a definite outcome/product, or it was made to demonstrate skill or interests related to graphic design. It is essential that at least one piece uses typography & layout, and there is a demonstrated use of design software.
Each piece should have a small selection of process work (approx 1 page), showing how it was made or developed.
Each piece should also include a short summary describing the idea in the design, target audience and the design choices (technique, media) you applied to achieve the outcome (40 words maximum per piece).
The folio should demonstrate your design, problem-solving and technical skills and include:
- A range of resolved design concepts and project outcomes
- 2D or 3D design (“2D” can be any flat surface graphic, layout or illustration. “3D” can be packaging or digital)
- Typography (text formatting or experimentation with type)
- The use of graphic design industry software, ie. Adobe CC suite or similar
- Freehand or digital drawings or illustrations
- Creative use of design elements (colour, texture, composition, etc)
Your folio must be collated a single PDF (maximum 10MB), or a URL to a single PDF if online. Please provide the username and/or password if applicable.
This course offers pathway into further study at RMIT
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree and helping you get the degree you want.
Graduates of this course will be eligible for exemptions from or entry into the courses below, subject to meeting the entry requirements. For more information, explore our Pathway finder, or contact Study@RMIT.
- Associate Degree in Graphic Design
- Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)
Successful completion of this program guarantees entry into the Associate Degree in Graphic Design with 96 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 year full-time study).
Successful completion of this program guarantees entry into the Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) with 48 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 semester full-time study).
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2022 government subsidised place: AU$7,750* per annum
- 2022 full-fee place: AU$14,000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
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