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Diploma of Graphic Design


The path to your dream job is laid out right here

Our diploma has been built in a way that gives you plenty of face-to-face time with expert teachers and many hours on the latest tools and software.

Understand the fundamentals of design and layout, image-making, typography, visual communication and digital design.

You will engage in collaborative studio-based learning, producing work in response to a client brief.  You’ll explore the studio environment including the different roles involved in larger projects, collaborative creativity, design strategy and project workflows.

To complement your technical skills, you will graduate with employability skills, introductory project management skills and scholarly techniques for higher education.

Upon completion you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards either the Bachelor of Design and Visual Communication.

*SAE has a range of approaches to learning and teaching that can be activated to provide flexibility in the face of changing circumstances as required, to support student progression regardless of external factors. 

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Graduate Roles may include

  • Entry-level graphic designer
  • Entry-level user experience designer

  • Entry-level typographer
  • Entry-level user interface designer
  • Entry-level digital designer





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  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney


Your learning experience

SAE has implemented a remote flexible learning option for current and future students. The range of tools developed by SAE will not only allow students to collaborate online but also to gain experience in remote working practices widely used within the creative industries.

From day one you’ll start creating on the latest software and equipment, under the guidance of expert lectures. 

  • Study in a collaborative, studio-based environment.
  • Learn on industry-standard design software including Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop).
  • Learn as part of a small class.
  • Learn from lecturers with extensive design experience and industry connections.
  • Apply industry-standard project methodologies throughout your studies

Diploma of Graphic Design

The Diploma of Graphic Design has a strong practical focus, underpinned by key theoretical components. The course content is informed by our strong links to industry and our 40-year history in designing and teaching creative media courses.

To complement your technical skills, you will graduate with skills across:

  • Employability skills specific to creative media.  
  • Communication, including how to communicate specialist technical and creative ideas and perspectives in the graphic design discipline to others.
  • Introductory project management and different project management methodologies
  • Teamwork and collaboration in the context of creative media.
  • Scholarly techniques for higher education.

Stages of Design HE Diploma

Upon completion you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards the Bachelor of Design and Visual Communication.


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You will learn

During your course you will gain an introduction to:

  • Creative thinking
  • Print design
  • Digital design
  • Visual communication
  • Digital illustration
  • Typography
  • User-centred design
  • Motion graphics

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Vocational outcomes of the Diploma of Graphic Design

  • Entry-level Graphic Designer
  • Entry-level digital designer
  • Entry-level Typographer
  • Graphic design production assistant
  • Entry-level Digital Illustrator
  • Entry-level user experience designer
  • Entry-level User interface designer


Diploma of Graphic Design
Trimester 1
Scholarly Perspectives on DesignPrinciples of DesignFundamentals of Image MakingDesign for Print Media
Trimester 2
Contemporary Industrial PracticesUser Centred DesignDesign Studio 1
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
Trimester 1
Scholarly Perspectives on Design
Principles of Design
Fundamentals of Image Making
Design for Print Media
Trimester 2
Contemporary Industrial Practices
User Centred Design
Design Studio 1
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit

Key Info


    2 Trimesters Fast Tracked Full Time

    3 Trimesters Full Time

    4 Trimesters Extended Full Time


    Sep 2021

    Feb 2022

    May 2022


    Enrol By: 08 Oct 2021

    Trimester Start: 20 Sep 2021

    Trimester End: 27 Aug 2021



Entry requirements

Applicants for Diploma courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  • Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent, OR
  • Completion of a certificate IV level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), OR
  • Experience Based Entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above. 'Enquire Now' or call 1800 723 338 directly for more information.

Under section 6.8 of the Student Progression, Exclusion and Graduation Policy, SAE reserves the right to apply conditional enrollments to students who apply to SAE via alternative entry. The Academic Coordinator will determine an appropriate set of support mechanisms for each student, based on individual experience and merit.

Fees and Payments

Fees: view our current Fee Schedule for information on SAE course fees.

Payment options: Fee-Help, or upfront trimester instalments.

Credit and recognition of prior learning

SAE may recognise your prior learning and may grant credit towards satisfying the requirements for a VET or a higher-level program. This is applied where previous learning is considered equivalent to the content and learning outcomes prescribed for modules within the program.

For full details, please refer to SAE's policy on recognition of prior learning and credit transfers.

Find more information on how to apply and the enrolment process here, or call 1800 723 338 to speak with a course advisor.


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