Build the foundation for a career in the graphic design industry with a Diploma of Graphic Design at Victoria Polytechnic.
This course will give you the technical skills and knowledge to produce artwork for commercial purposes using both traditional and electronic methods. You’ll develop a sound understanding of the design process and be ready to solve a range of visual communication problems.
During your studies, you’ll learn to create design concepts from a brief both efficiently and economically. You’ll build your personal portfolio while developing specialist skills for advertising and multimedia in:
- digital design
You’ll also become proficient in the use of industry-standard software including Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop.
Everything you learn at Victoria 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 Polytechnic means you’ll have unique opportunities to engage with the creative arts community and industry. You’ll benefit from VU’s links to the creative community through a calendar of events and functions that run year round. For example, 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:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
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
- web designer
- multimedia designer.
You may find employment in areas such as:
- advertising and promotion
- art direction
- corporate identity
- instructional design
- web design.
To be awarded CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design, a student must successfully complete a total of nineteen (19) units of competency, comprising of:
nine (9) core units, and;
ten (10) elective units, of which:
six (6) units must be selected from the electives listed within the CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design qualification;
four (4) units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate IV, Diploma of Advanced Diploma level.
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 combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges. Practice at this level is underpinned by application of design theory and practice and the ability to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions.
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).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
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.
Applicants must provide evidence of their ability to: - produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges; - produce typography that supports the overall design solution, and; - use graphic design industry software. Skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study such as the completion of VCE Visual Communication 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.
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.