C5409 - Diploma of Graphic Design

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Plan: C5409 - Diploma of 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: Diploma of Graphic Design
Qualification national code: CUA50720
Nominal hours: 1045
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 year
Location: RMIT University, Brunswick Campus
Owning school: Creative Industries (515T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/college-of-vocational-education
CRICOS code: 105817H

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Purpose of the Program

The objective of this program is to develop your skills and knowledge and prepare you for the role of a graphic designer at the beginning of your professional career. Graphic designers work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media. At this level, the designer is likely to be working in junior or generalist roles. Their work may include or have links to areas such advertising and promotion, art direction, branding, corporate identity, instructional design, packaging, signage and web design.

You will combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges. You will gain a sound understanding of design theory and practice and be able to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions.

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Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of Certificate IV in Design guarantees entry to the Diploma of Graphic Design.

Successful completion of this program guarantees entry into the following:

  • Associate Degree in Graphic Design with 96 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 year full-time study).
  • BP115 Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) with 48 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 semester full-time study).
  • BP343 Bachelor of Business with 96 credit points.

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

Applicants must meet one of the following entry requirements:

Successful completion of the RMIT Certificate IV in Design


Complete and submit the selection task

Selection task

The selection task requires:

A folio of three (3) different pieces of your original and completed graphic design work.

  • Completed means there is a definite outcome/product, or it was made to demonstrate skill or interests related to graphic design. It is essential that at least one piece uses typography & layout, and there is a demonstrated use of design software.
  • Each piece should have a small selection of process work (approx 1 page), showing how it was made or developed.
  • Each piece should also include a short summary describing the idea in the design, target audience and the design choices (technique, media) you applied to achieve the outcome (40 words maximum per piece).

The folio should demonstrate your design, problem-solving and technical skills and include:

  • A range of resolved design concepts and project outcomes
  • 2D or 3D design (“2D” can be any flat surface graphic, layout or illustration. “3D” can be packaging or digital)
  • Typography (text formatting or experimentation with type)
  • The use of graphic design industry software, ie. Adobe CC suite or similar
  • Freehand or digital drawings or illustrations
  • Creative use of design elements (colour, texture, composition, etc)

Your folio must be collated a single PDF (maximum 10MB), or a URL to a single PDF if online.  Please provide the username and/or password if applicable.

International English Language Requirement
A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 5.5, with no band less than 5.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

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External accreditation and industry links

There are currently no organisations that accredit programs in Graphic Design in Australia

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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

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 (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT 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 students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated
courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services for Students
RMIT 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
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We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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