GD071 - Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design

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Plan: GD071 - Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design
Campus: City 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: Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design
Award abbreviation: GradDip(GraphDes)
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 year (2 semesters) full time, 2 years (4 semesters) part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100501
CRICOS code: 012371G

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Purpose of the Program

The aim of the program is for you to develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in visual communication, including conceptual thinking and locating your practice in an interdisciplinary context of convergent global media and communication industries.

In the program you will develop a broad range of skills required for graphic design professional practice, including examination of the principles of a client- and user-focused approach.

On completion of the program you will be a responsive and reflective professional who can work efficiently, both independently and collaboratively in teams. You will be prepared for professional roles in graphic design consultancies, interdisciplinary consultancies, publishing houses, new media/multimedia studios and advertising agencies.

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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of this program with 60% Credit average or higher, and completion of COMM1178 Professional Research and Evaluation, you will be eligible to apply for entry to MC184 Master of Communication Design, in which you will receive advanced standing of 96 credit points.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Applicants with significant work experience or professional practice may also be considered.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

Extra requirements: Applicants must submit a folio and may be required to attend an interview (either in person, or via phone or Skype)

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in communication design. The program has links with the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), AGIDEAS, Design Victoria, Design Week Education Association, and ICOGRADA

Industry practitioners are actively involved in teaching. They engage as sessional lecturers, guest lecturers and tutors and as part of our Program Advisory Committee.

Gradutes of the program work in the fields of graphic design consultancies, interdisciplinary consultancies, publishing houses, new media/multimedia studios and advertising agency.

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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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