Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design


  • Program code: GD071
  • Campus: City campus

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Please note: this program is not offered to commencing students, it is an exit point only. Please contact us for alternative study options.

This 1-year program allows those from design-related and other industries to develop conceptual, production and research skills in graphic design.

Rather than simply focusing on theory, this program has a strong emphasis on studio-based learning, allowing you to develop practical and industry-relevant skills from day one.


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

In the program, you will learn both theory and practice in a studio-based environment. The studio classes provide a cohesive learning experience, enabling you to learn from your peers as well as from lecturers.

Assessment is by project and folio and you will receive feedback from industry-experienced program lecturers as well as from guest lecturers.

All programs are delivered in English.

You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Program structure

Classes are delivered part-time and full-time by practising professionals and take place out of business hours.

This program is made up of 96 credit points. You will be required to study 6 core courses and 2 electives.

Core courses:

  • Contextual studies
  • Information and interface
  • Type and identity
  • Professional practice project
  • Promotional design
  • Publication design.

You will choose two electives from:

  • Graphic design process
  • Illustration for graphic design
  • New media technology and process
  • Professional research and evaluation (required for entry into Master of Communication Design)
  • Web software and design.

Graduates of this program may have the opportunity to articulate into the Master of Communication Design.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

The program has close connections to industry through visitors who run seminars, visits and tours to design studios.

Industry practitioners are actively involved in teaching as:

  • sessional lecturers
  • guest lecturers
  • tutors
  • members of the Program Advisory Committee.

You may also have the opportunity to undertake project work and work placements in studios in Australia and overseas.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


Recent graduates of the program have been employed in:

  • graphic design consultancies
  • interdisciplinary consultancies
  • publishing houses
  • new media/multimedia studios
  • advertising agencies.

Due to the repurposing of digital media, designers are also being employed in corporate organisations. If you have been requested to take on design work within an existing role, this program allows you to professionalise your skills.

The most traditional roles graduates undertake are:

  • graphic designer
  • illustrator.

Many roles can also be taken up in a range of different visual mediums, such as film and TV, web and print.

Professional recognition and accreditation

No professional body in Australia currently recognises or accredits programs in graphic design. However, the program has links with:

Global opportunities

Design skills taught in the program are recognised globally and students work with international software and equipment. The program has many contacts with overseas agencies and universities, providing work placement and exchange opportunities.

RMIT’s Education Abroad Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

If you satisfy the following requirements you will be eligible for selection; however, there is no guarantee that you will be selected as demand for the program varies each intake.

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent. Applicants with significant work experience or professional practice may also be considered.



Selection tasks

You must submit a folio.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


This program is full fee paying only. Postgraduate tuition fees vary according to each program and are adjusted annually.

Fee assistance

The following fee assistance is available for this program:

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees there is also the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

Some courses attract additional expenses.


Graduates can go on to further study in related programs, including the Masters by coursework or research programs and the PhD program, subject to each program’s entry requirements.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Media and Communication

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260


Program Administrator
School of Media and Communication
Tel. +61 3 9925 5371

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Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.