Diploma of Graphic Design




Courses Overview

What will I learn?
In this course, you will develop strong practical skills and a theoretical foundation in design. You will build your skills in analyzing problems and developing well thought-out solutions.

You will learn about contemporary and traditional graphic design processes for both print and digital platforms. The course covers:
2D and 3D design
Colour theory
Concept development
Design process and theory
Digital imaging and computer graphics
Drawing and illustration
Professional typesetting and type design
Information graphics
Packaging and publication design
Web design basics
Industry connections and resources
You will be taught by practicing professionals, ensuring that the knowledge you gain is up-to-date and relevant to the industry.
At MMelbourne Polytechnic you will have access to:
2 x Mac labs
3 x Practical rooms
Latest industry software including Adobe Creative Cloud
Industry standard Epson stylus Pro 780 colour banner printer
Epson stylus Pro 4880 colour A3 printer
Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanners
Life drawing facilities
Light boxes
Employment outcomes
On graduation, your prospective employers could include advertising agencies, art and design studios, packaging and publishing companies. You can also work in trade-houses (large printing firms), multimedia studios or you could work in a self-employed capacity.
Pathways to further study
On successful completion of this Diploma course you may continue on to further studies in the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design or a degree in your specialist area, for example, in our Bachelor of Illustration course
Career Pathways
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


Which department am I in? Department of Visual Arts

Entry Requirement From Vietnam

Students would normally need a bachelors degree from a recognised institution. Typically they would need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second class honours degree, however some courses will accept lower second class honours degrees. Actual requirements will vary by course. A score of 7 out of 10 is considered comparable to a UK 2:1 and a score of 6 out of 10 is considered comparable to a UK 2:2.

Entry Requirement For International Student

Students must have the following:
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 recognized 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.

Path Way Options by Other Partners

Pathways options
Offered by other partners
This university accepts pathways courses from Trinity College - The University of Melbourne

Full Time (12 months)

2017/18 fees - Typically £20,400 for Chemistry Projects or typically £24,400 for Biomedical Projects; Write-up fees TBC. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

19 February 2018

Fairfield Campus Yarra Bend Road, FAIRFIELD, Victoria, 3078, MELBOURNE, Australia