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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 to design and layout, drawing, typography, visual communication and an introduction to designing for the web.

You will engage in collaborative studio based learning, producing work in response to a client brief.  You will explore the studio environment including the different roles, the role of the client, daily workflow, collaborative creativity, establishing deliverables and project lifecycle.

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 (Graphic Design).


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Graduate Roles may include

  • Entry level Graphic Designer
  • Junior Mobile First Design and Layout Assistant
  • Entry level Typographer
  • Graphic Design Production Assistant
  • Entry level Illustrator




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  • Brisbane
  • Byron Bay
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth


Your learning experience

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 (Graphic Design).


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You will learn

During your course you will gain an introduction to:

  • Concept creation.
  • Design and layout that incorporate photographic, graphic and typographic elements.
  • Designing for the web including working with script, development processes, effective workflows and the constraints of the medium and creating a variety of output formats.
  • Visual communication.
  • Drawing fundamentals.
  • Typography.
  • Modern design theories.
  • The use of mood boards to illustrate direction of your idea

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Graduate Outcomes

  • Entry level Graphic Designer
  • Entry level Typographer
  • Entry level Illustrator
  • Graphic Design Production Assistant
  • Junior Mobile First Design and Layout Assistant


Diploma of Graphic Design
Trimester 1
Employability Skills in the Creative IndustriesScholarly Perspectives on DesignPrinciples of DesignFundamentals of Image Making
Design Processes and Production   
Trimester 2
Employability Skills in the Creative IndustriesUser Centred DesignDesign Production
  • Multi Discipline Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
Trimester 1
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
Scholarly Perspectives on Design
Principles of Design
Fundamentals of Image Making
Design Processes and Production
Trimester 2
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
User Centred Design
Design Production
  • Multi Discipline Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit

Key Info


    2 Trimesters


    Feb 2019

    May 2019

    Sep 2019


    Enrol By: 04 Feb 2019

    Start Date: 04 Feb 2019

    End Date: N/A



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.

Applicants for the Diploma of Music Production - see below.

Diploma of Music Production

In addition to the above requirements, students wishing to enrol in the Music Production Diploma will also be invited to participate in an interview and audition process. This process will help to establish underlying music skills and knowledge as well as program suitability. Remote interviews can be arranged for international students. Students can submit a portfolio of work as an alternative to the audition.

Portfolios may include;

  • Links to your music or musical performances Youtube, Soundcloud etc.
  • Links to online portfolio pages
  • Statement providing an overview of existing skills and knowledge in music production, including examples from senior secondary music classes, AMEB & CPM certification, appointment in school orchestra’s or bands etc.

Fees and Payments

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

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