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Start date:
4 February 2019
1 year full time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face

Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Enhance your graphic design skills with the industry-connected Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course will further develop your drawing and design skills for interactive and print-based media. You’ll gain valuable practical experience through collaborating closely with industry clients on major projects and participating in a graduate exhibition.

Our Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design will give you a professional level of technical expertise, project management and teamwork skills. You’ll also have a clear understanding of industry business practice, as well as design processes and design history.

You’ll gain specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills in:

  • conception, negotiation and realisation of design concepts
  • print and digital media design (e.g. web, branding, signage, packaging)
  • drawing and typography
  • use of software including Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll develop practical skills through hands-on learning. This course is taught at the Footscray Nicholson Campus which is emerging as a creative industries hub.

You’ll have access to the latest industry-standard equipment and software.

Studying at Victoria University Polytechnic means you’ll have unique opportunities to engage with the creative arts community and industry. You’ll undertake a professional placement in our Design Studio, which offers a simulated work environment for students to produce commercial work for internal and external clients. The studio is part of VU at MetroWest, a new facility in the heart of Footscray that hosts exhibitions, craft markets, festivals and events.

You’ll also benefit from VU’s links to the creative community through a calendar of events and functions that run year round. For example, Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design students recently showcased their work in the States of Blue West Projections Festival (as part of Footscray University Town and the VU Centenary celebrations).

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses, including Footscray Nicholson. We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Careers in graphic design

Graphic designers work within the commercial, government and non-profit sectors, working across both print and digital media. You could find employment working for a design agency, running your own business, or as an in-house designer for an organisation, company or institution.

Employment for graphic designers is expected to grow strongly over the next five years (JobOutlook).

Potential job titles include:

  • graphic designer
  • illustrator
  • web designer
  • multimedia designer.

You may work in areas such as:

  • advertising and promotion
  • art direction
  • branding
  • corporate identity
  • instructional design
  • packaging
  • publishing
  • signage
  • web design.

Course structure

To be awarded CUA60315 Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, comprising of:

  • seven (7) core units, and;

  • eight (8) elective units, of which:

  • five (5) units must be selected from the electives listed within the CUA60315 Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design qualification;

  • three (3) units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Diploma or above.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid vocational outcome.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who have highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills in visual communication to conceive, negotiate and realise design solutions.   Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of visual communication and design theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Advanced Communication, organisational and project management skills are also required.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Applicants must provide evidence of their ability to:
- apply visual communication history and theory to own professional practice;
- produce professional typography;
- produce graphic designs for two-dimensional and three-dimensional applications, and;
- create and manipulate graphics and design complex publication layouts.
Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through graphic design work experience or through formal study such as the completion of the Diploma of Graphic Design.
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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