AD022 - Associate Degree in Graphic Design

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Plan: AD022 - Associate Degree in Graphic Design
Campus: Brunswick Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Associate Degree in Graphic Design
Award abbreviation: AssDegGrDes
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time - 4 semesters
Location: Brunswick Campus
Owning school: Architecture & Urban Design (320T)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100501
CRICOS code: 078839G

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Purpose of the Program

The RMIT Associate Degree in Graphic Design provides you with a broad range of technical skills, underpinned by theoretical knowledge, in a range of contexts as preparation for design work or as a pathway into further learning.
You will gain a thorough knowledge of visual design influences and ideas, design concept development, the design processes, typography, manual and digital illustration, finished art and preparing files for print and multimedia outcomes. You will produce graphic designs for a range of applications and devices, learning how to use industry specific software to a level. Underpinning this practical application of design are courses that develop your knowledge of the business of graphic design, including legal and ethical requirements and sustainable practice implications.

The RMIT Associate Degree in Graphic Design will enable you as a graduate to commence work as a junior designer or Finished Artist within a broad range of graphic and communication design environments. You will have knowledge and experience of the design workplace through industry set briefs, industry feedback and a period of work placement.

In addition, you will be well placed to move into a wide range of industry areas from design pratices,publishing, advertising, fashion graphics and print houses. As a graduate you will also have the skills to operate in a freelance capacity or to set up a design practice.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

RMIT ProgramOwning SchoolCreditArticulation Conditions 
Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) BP115School of Media and Communication2 years/192 credit points

With GPA of 3.5 or above, Guaranteed Entry

With GPA less than 3.0 Application required with folio presentation


There is also a guaranteed pathway agreement into the Associate Degree in Graphic Design from the RMIT Certificate IV in Design C4322.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program.

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Entrance requirements


Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or at least 20 in any other English

Successful completion of Year 12/Foundation Studies program or equivalent secondary school studies or a recognised, post secondary diploma or certificate in the discipline.  Applicants with work experience in this field will also be considered.

International Students

Successful completion of Year 12/Foundation Studies program or equivalent secondary school studies or a recognised, post secondary diploma or certificate in the discipline.  Applicants with work experience in this field will also be considered.

You need to provide evidence of English language proficiency such as one of the following:

IELTS - 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or
TOEFL Paper based = 550+(TWE4.0+)
TOEFL - Computer based = 213+ (TWE 4.0+)
TOEFL - Internet based = overall score 79, minimum 19 in all sections
REW - English for Academic Purpose Advanced 1.
Note: International students need to apply through RMIT International

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional accrediting requirements to practice Graphic Design.

All current students and graduates are eligible and welcome to become members of the following professional associations:

  • Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), the national organisation for professional graphic 
  • Design Institute of Australia (DIA), Australia's professional membership body for designers and design businesses.

This program is also supported by a Program Advisory Committee that consists of industry representatives from a range of design areas who also offer support through industry placement and portfolio feedback. The teaching staff have extensive industry experience and actively continue their creative and professional practice. They contribute to design forums, conferences and maintain membership of a number of professional design associations. Their experience and industry involvement is extended into their learning and teaching practice which in turn enriches your learning environment.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
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