Graphic Design: Design and Layout


24 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Learn the basics of design and layout with contemporary graphic approaches and apply them to design project briefs. Fundamental principles of visual composition, layout development design process will be covered with reference to international and local references, and also the students own practice. Tests and initial layout ideas will be developed through to finished products during these sessions. Projects may include items such as page layout, business identity stationery and promotional materials, personal logos, newsletters or posters.

Course content

  • Terminology
  • Mock-ups, thumbnails and visual concepts
  • Idea generation and problem solving
  • Elements and principles of design
  • Positive and Negative space
  • Proximity and Alignment
  • Contrast and Hierarchy
  • Projects
  • Interpreting a design brief and use of information
  • Specifications, parameters or constraints
  • Produce visual representations and finished designs
  • Timetable

    There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

    How to enrol

    More details


    Basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. This course is at introductory level but it is useful for participants to have prior knowledge of the software and design principles and elements.

    Materials supplied

    Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

    Materials to bring

    Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

    Suited to

    This is a course designed for people who wish to learn more about graphic communication through type and layout, or for those who work in an area where typography and layout terminology and awareness may be a useful additional skill. It is also suitable preparation for those wishing to enter or re-enter formal study in this area.

    Additional notes

    Shorter and longer projects are completed during the course and students are encouraged to bring in and work on their own projects when practicable. Students work in both a computer room for practical work and a classroom for developmental work, discussion and lectures.


    On completion of this course, participants will have developed sound basic knowledge of typography and layout and applied those skills to a range of projects. Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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