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Associate Degree of Design (Graphic Design)

Overview

The path to your dream job is laid out right here.

Our associate degree has been built in a way that gives you plenty of face-to-face time with expert lecturers 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. In preparation for an industry that commands agility and adaptability, you’ll cut your creative teeth on projects in partnership with your course peers. You’ll explore the studio environment including the different roles involved in larger projects, collaborative creativity, design strategy and project workflows.

Your growth and development will be assessed through your engagement in industry-based projects, as well as through the creative work you produce - not theoretical based essays.

To complement your technical skills, you will graduate with employability skills, introductory project management skills and scholarly knowledge should you wish to progress your education.

Upon completion, you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards the Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design).

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.


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Graduate Roles may include

  • Print media designer
  • User interface designer
  • Digital designer
  • Motion graphic designer
  • Content manager
 

 


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Design Industry

Industry in Focus
Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators is expected to be above average (between 25,000-50,000).*

ISBA Environment Scan 2015


Industry Associations & Partners

ArtsHub logoAustralian Experimental Art FoundationAdobe


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  • Byron Bay
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth

Course

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 gain experience in remote working practices widely used within the creative industries.

  • Start design studio work in trimester 1.
  • Work with a range of talented students and staff, build professional networks, and collaborate on real-world projects.
  • Experience a course designed in collaboration with industry partners, develop the skills the creative industries want.
  • Develop advanced skills in industry-standard software packages, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects and XD.
  • Build high-level visual thinking and design knowledge – learn the skills the creative industries demand.
  • Learn how to produce advanced designs for web, digital publishing and print.
  • Learn marketing skills relevant to the current industry such as search engine optimisation and development of social media campaigns.
  • Become part of an exceptionally creative, multi-disciplinary team: be encouraged to take creative risks, work collaboratively, and develop artistic independence.

Associate Degree of Design (Graphic Design)

The Graphic Design Associate Degree program is broken up into discrete stages, each designed to promote different skills.

Stages of Design Degree

Stage I – Foundational Skills Development
In Stage I, students will undertake a number of foundational design units which will provide the essential technical skills and knowledge for design, as well as the kills required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals in later stages of the course.

  • Principles of design
  • Fundamentals of image-making
  • Print media design
  • User-centred design
  • Digital design
  • Project management and professional etiquette
  • Critical and creative thinking

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Stage II – Interdisciplinary Projects, Media and Cultural Studies
In Stage II we show students how their Graphic Design work contributes to and interacts with broader culture and media practice. This knowledge will enable students to work with a variety of other disciplines and artists and expand their potential on the global stage.

Students will complete a number of real-world projects with students not only in their own discipline but also in all other SAE disciplines.

In the Graphic Design specialisation, students will hone the skills learnt in Stage I. Students will further explore print and digital design, branding and social media campaigns through working on industry-relevant projects. Emerging and associated areas of the design industry will be investigated, such as photography, motion graphics, augmented reality and working with other professional tools to develop a full sense of the design industry.

Stage III
Only students who progress to the Bachelor of Design will be eligible to undertake Stage III. In Stage III, students undertake a project of their own design. Students also undertake work placement to finalize the development of their professional skills in a real work placement setting.

Stage III is NOT included in the Associate Degree.


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Careers

Graduate Destinations (Associate Degree):

  • Print media designer
  • Digital designer
  • Creative director
  • Motion graphics designer
  • Art director
  • Content manager
  • Search engine optimiser
  • Pre-press operator
  • User experience designer
  • User interface designer
  • Content developer
  • Design strategist

Modules

Associate Degree of Design (Graphic Design)
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Trimester 1 (1st Year)
Scholarly Perspectives on DesignPrinciples of DesignFundamentals of Image MakingDesign Processes and Production
Trimester 2
User Centred DesignDesign ProductionContemporary Industrial Practices
Trimester 3
Media StudiesDesign Studio 1 (Graphic Design)
Trimester 4 (2nd Year)
Cultural PerspectivesDesign Studio 2 (Graphic Design)
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Digital illustration
  • Practical design skills
  • Visual and creative thinking
  • Digital design
  • Print media design
  • User Experience Design
  • User interface design
  • User-centred design
  • Social media campaigns
  • Motion graphics
  • Creative advertising
  • Industry knowledge
Trimester 1
Scholarly Perspectives on Design
Principles of Design
Fundamentals of Image Making
Design Processes and Production
Trimester 2
User Centred Design
Design Production
Contemporary Industrial Practices
Trimester 3
Media Studies
Design Studio 1 (Graphic Design)
Trimester 4
Cultural Perspectives
Design Studio 2 (Graphic Design)
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Digital illustration
  • Practical design skills
  • Visual and creative thinking
  • Digital design
  • Print media design
  • User Experience Design
  • User interface design
  • User-centred design
  • Social media campaigns
  • Motion graphics
  • Creative advertising
  • Industry knowledge

Key Info

  • DURATION(S):

    4 Trimesters

  • INTAKES:

    Feb 2021

    May 2021

    Sep 2021

  • NEXT INTAKE:

    Enrol By: 26 Feb 2021

    Trimester Start: 08 Feb 2021

    Trimester End: 07 May 2021

  • COURSE TYPE:

    Associate

Entry requirements

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

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

Fees and Payments

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

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

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