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: Creative Industries (515T)
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

Successful completion of RMIT's Certificate IV in Design guarantees entry into this program.

Successful completion of the Diploma of Visual Merchandising guarantees entry into this program. 

Successful completion of RMIT's Diploma of Graphic Design guarantees entry into this program with 96 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 year full-time study). 

From 2021 to 2023, successful completion of this program with an overall GPA of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 guarantees entry into the Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) with 192 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 2 years full-time study). Graduates of the program who do not meet the guaranteed entry requirements may still apply and will be required to attend a folio presentation.

From 2024, successful completion of this program guarantees entry into the Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) with 144 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1.5 years full-time study). 

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

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Entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country Equivalency web page on the RMIT website.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

Selection task

All applicants must complete and submit the selection task. Some applicants may be required to attend an interview.

International English language requirement

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.0, with no band less than 5.5, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page.

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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 

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

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

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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Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
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  • career development and employment
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  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

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