Diploma of Graphic Design

RMIT University

Program Description

Diploma of Graphic Design

RMIT University

Diploma of Graphic Design

Are you looking for a career that uses your creative flair? Are you excited by the thought of creating magazine and advertising layouts, display, packaging or fashion graphics? This program takes your creative talents to the next level, giving you highly specialised skills to excel in a wide range of commercial areas in both print and digital media.

The Diploma is your entry into the world of graphic design and prepares you for transition into the Advanced Diploma from which you will graduate as a highly-trained graphic designer, ready to start your own business or work for local or overseas design companies.

The Diploma program combines communication, technology and business. It will give you strong technical expertise in finished art and design concept development, as well as in-depth knowledge of the design process.

You will explore many forms of visual and graphic communication, including:

  • illustration
  • computer-aided design
  • typography
  • calligraphy
  • packaging design
  • books
  • advertising
  • publicity material.

You’ll become competent in industry standard software including InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

The focus of the second year (the Advanced Diploma) is to give you a professional level of technical expertise, project management and teamwork skills, along with a clear understanding of industry business practices.

You will be qualified to take responsibility for the work of others in terms of establishing and monitoring systems to ensure the effective production of work.

You must successfully complete the Diploma of Graphic Design before progressing to the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design.

Program structure

You will be introduced to typography and finished art and explore:

  • drawing
  • illustration
  • digital design
  • reprographics and prepress
  • design concept and theory
  • copyright and ethical practice
  • industry knowledge.

Entry requirements

Program entry requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50%.

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary Diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Applicants with work experience in this field will also be considered.



Selection tasks

Applicants must present their folio to a selection panel. Where necessary, this may be conducted via email, phone or Skype.

Folio: You must supply evidence of your creativity in the form of a folio. The folio should contain a variety of art, design or media work relevant to the program you are applying for. It should demonstrate your creative, conceptual and technical ability. You should include evidence of how ideas were developed, and finished works.

English language requirements:

To study this program you will need to complete the Academic IELTS with an overall band of 5.5 and no individual band below 5.0.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Jan. 2018
1 year
Full time
Start date Jan. 2018
Australia Victoria
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