GD177 - Graduate Diploma in Communication Design

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Plan: GD177DM - Graduate Diploma in Communication 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 Communication Design
Award abbreviation: GradDipCommDes
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 year (two semesters) of full-time study; 2 years (four semesters) of part-time study
Location: Onshore, City campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100799
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Purpose of the Program

The program has been designed for you to develop theoretical knowledge and  skills in Communication Design, specialising in Design Management for the increasingly convergent and diverse media and communication industries. 

You will critically engage with current trends of the communication design discipline and be conversant in the key concepts and production processes underpinning the constantly evolving industry, with a focus on new media approaches. You will also examine key principles of design management in courses shared with the Advanced Creative Practice plan. Learning activities will include discussion of texts and topics, group projects that combine practice and research, industry reports based on students' industry experience, and contribution of resources and references that extend understanding and stimulate discussion. This suite of skills and experience will underpin and be informed by your research and critical assessment of increasingly complex media industry directions and issues. 

On completion of the program you will be a professional practitioner with current knowledge of the communication design industry. You will be able to critically engage with communication design management and practice in the broader context of the global media and communication industry. You will be able to interpret issues and provide informed insights into future directions of the industry. You will also be able to work independently as well as in teams.

The program will prepare you for professional and leadership roles in a variety of environments including digital design consultancies and design studios within business entities. You will be able to work independently or in teams and confidently communicate with allied professionals such as designers and programers. 



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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 you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: An undergraduate degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Applicants with a minimum of three years work experience or professional practice in a related field 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
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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognize or accredit programs in Communication Design.

As design professionals, you may become members of the Australian Graphic Design Association, Design Institute of Australia, Design Business Council and the International Council of Graphic Design Associations Association with these bodies may provide benefits such as employment, prizes and awards which are relevant to career development.

 Industry Links

The School of Media and Communication has many close links with industry which take on a variety of different forms.

In this program, one close linkage is through students participating in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities and professional practice projects that investigate problems within specific industry contexts.

Academics within the School are strongly encouraged to maintain their linkages with industry.

Each discipline area runs a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that their programs’ links with industry standards and practice remain current.

In addition the School makes regular use of outside industry experts as guest lecturers to ensure that students are exposed to current industry developments in communication design. The regular use of sessional teaching staff also provides students with exposure to current industry practitioners.

As evidence of the close links with industry, a number of high level industry professionals provided input to the development of this program.

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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
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Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
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Services are available face to face and online assisting with: 

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
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