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Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design


The Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design enables students to learn the tools, techniques, principles and user-centred design for print and digital output. Students will apply design thinking and project management processes, and engage in the development of workplace skills desired by this industry.

Key topics covered within the program include:

  • design processes
  • user experience design
  • print and digital design
  • creative problem solving
  • critical reflection
  • working under supervision in a paraprofessional role
  • introductory design and critical reflection processes
  • technical workflows
  • introductory project management

To complement your technical skills, you will graduate with knowledge about:

  • 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 methodologies
  • Teamwork and collaboration in the context of creative media
  • Scholarly knowledge relevant to your creative practice and further study

Upon completion, you will be eligible for up to 40 credit points towards the Diploma of Graphic Design.

Graduate Roles may include

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


  • Brisbane
  • Byron Bay
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney



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 gain experience in remote working practices widely used within the creative industries. From day one you'll start creating using the latest software and equipment, under the guidance of expert lectures.

  • Study in a collaborative, studio-based environment
  • Use industry-standard software such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and XD
  • Learn as part of a small class
  • Learn from lecturers with extensive design experience and industry connections
  • Apply industry-standard project management methodologies throughout your studies

Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design

Our undergraduate certificate 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 print design and layout, image-making, typography, visual communication, user experience 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 knowledge relevant to your creative practice and further study.

Hardware & Software Requirements

The Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design is a program supported by SAE’s Australian campus infrastructure and facilities. Students wishing to enrol in the program are advised that they will require access to the following specialised hardware and software resources to complete the projects contained within the program;

  • Window or Mac computer with specifications suitable for graphic design;
  • Adobe Creative Cloud software


Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design
Principles of DesignFundamentals of Image MakingUser Centred DesignDesign for Print Media
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
Trimester 1
Principles of Design
Fundamentals of Image Making
User Centred Design
Design for Print Media
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit

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Entry requirements

SAE recognises that preparation for study is not restricted to formal educational attainment and that valuable skills development can be gained through relevant experience.

Our Experience-based Entry Scheme allows you to be considered for entry to an undergraduate course through an assessment of your ability to succeed in higher education.

SAE will review applications on a case by case basis if you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age

  • Do not have the formal qualifications required for direct entry

  • Seek admission to courses on the basis of your aptitude for higher learning and skills development through professional, work, life experience and non-accredited study.

To apply via Experience Based Entry, students are required to undertake an interview with an assigned representative of SAE and provide supporting evidence that may include:

  • Records of any formal educational qualifications attained

  • Evidence of any informal studies undertaken

  • References relating to work history relevant to the chosen field of study (if applicable)

  • A resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • A portfolio of relevant materials that demonstrates creative aptitude, knowledge, technical skills and abilities. 

In addition, candidates may also be asked to undertake an exam or written assignment to satisfactorily demonstrate capacity to meet the course requirements or provide examples and/or portfolio of work.

In all cases Experience Based Entry into a Higher Education course will only be granted to students with a minimum Year 10 level of schooling.

Fees and Payments

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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