Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design

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Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design
Domestic Fees

Course Fees*

$12,833 AUD

For eligible students, the following applies*

Student Contribution: $4,010.50 AUD

* The Total Course Fee reflects the students are charged fees on a per unit basis and the fee for a unit or the Commonwealth Contribution may change.

** Please note amounts may be subject to change.

3 months Full Time

Complete the course units in under 3 months.

Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design
Course Durations
3 months Full Time

Complete the course units in under 3 months.

Start Date(s)
November 2022
Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design
Start Dates
  • November 2022

  • February 2023

Entry Requirements
Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design
Domestic Entry Requirements
Domestic students must meet one of the following criteria:
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (your Year 12 certificate) or equivalent; OR
Completion of a Certificate IV qualification or higher (for example a TAFE Certificate IV); OR

Experience-Based Entry – for applicants who do not meet the requirements of entry criteria 1 or 2 above.
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Hardware & Software Requirements
Window or Mac computer with specifications suitable for graphic design; Abobe Creative Cloud software
The Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design will teach you the tools, techniques, principles of user-centred design for print and digital output. You'll learn to apply design principles and project management processes, and engage in the development of workplace skills desired by this industry.


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Develop skills in industry-standard software packages Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Adobe XD.
Practical, immersive training All work is project-based, with no exams.
Fundamentals of design Develop skills in print design and layout, image-making, typography, visual communication, user experience and digital design.
Become job-ready To complement your technical skills, you will develop communication, introductory project management, teamwork and collaboration skills.

You'll learn the latest industry-standard software

Graphic Design Skills

Design processes User experience design Print and digital design Creative problem solving Critical reflection Design and critical reflection processes Technical workflows Introductory project management

Course Structure

The Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design consists of the first of the 6 trimesters required in the Bachelor of Design and Visual Communication.
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Units of Study
Credit Points: 10

In this unit you will learn about the principles of design through creating vector graphics in the form of motifs, pictorial marks and logos using Adobe Illustrator and other tools. Project briefs and activities in this unit introduce the principles of design; these are visual rules that can be applied in the creation of any image to enhance their impact, attractiveness and ability to communicate. The principles of design are useful and essential to your ongoing design practice
Credit Points: 10

In this unit you will learn about illustration and the creative and technical production of digital images using photoshop and other tools. Working by hand and digitally you will explore a range of drawing techniques and tools including processes of iteration and refinement. You will investigate visual storytelling through the development of a series of images. Storytelling through your creative practice is essential to your ongoing design practice.
Credit Points: 10

In this module you will learn to understand the user or target audience as part of your design process, through an exploration of UX (user experience) and UI (user interface) design. By applying the tools of UX design such as personas and user journeys and those of UI design such as prototyping, iterating and testing you will explore the creation of websites or apps that provide an ideal user experience.
Credit Points: 10

In this unit you will learn about designing page layouts for print through the combination of images and type. Your work will include the design of posters, brochures and flyers. You will investigate historical design styles; analysing, adapting and applying these styles in your work. You will explore the typographic art of arranging letters and words to make copy easy to read, visually appealing, and stylistically appropriate. Knowing how to use typography and layout effectively is essential to your ongoing design practice.
Course Codes
DX5GC - Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design FULLY ACCREDITED BY TEQSA
We consult closely with industry professionals so you can expect a course that’s highly relevant and equips you with sought-after skills.
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Career Outcomes

What jobs will this course lead me into?

  • Entry-level graphic designer
  • Entry-level typographer
  • Graphic design production assistant
  • Entry-level digital illustrator
  • Junior mobile first design and layout assistant

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