Associate Degree of Design (Web Design)


The world of web is yours for the making.

If you're drawn to the idea of a profession where your imagination is your only limitation, then chances are graphic design will be your type of career.

You'll be given access to a world-class, studio-based learning environment, developing your skills on the latest software, while building connections and networks with students from other disciplines. Our expert staff will also be guiding you face-to-face, offering their help whenever they can, to make sure you’re not just well-read on web design, but job ready.

The Associate Degree is also designed as an excellent pathway to further study, enabling graduates to progress to Bachelor level qualification.

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Graduate Roles may include

  •  Web designer
  •  Content developer
  •  Web development


Design Industry

Industry in Focus
The Global Graphic Design industry's revenue forecast in 2017 is $58.4 billion. With global Internet usages expected to rise sharply in the next 5 years (at an annual rate of 4.6%), the need for user-friendly websites becomes higher – particularly in the mobile space.*

IBISWorld Industry Report L6723-GL Global Graphic Designers - ibisworld.com.au

 Industry Associations & Partners

ArtsHub logoAustralian Experimental Art FoundationGood Design Awards Australia

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Your learning experience

  • 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, Dreamweaver and Acrobat.
  • 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 exceptional creative, multi-disciplinary team: be encouraged to take creative risks, work collaboratively, and develop artistic independence.

Associate Degree of Design (Web Design)

The Web 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 give students the essential technical skills and knowledge not only relevant to the chosen discipline area, but also give students the skills required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals in later stages of the Design course.

  • Fundamentals of drawing
  • Principles of design
  • Design and layout
  • Interaction design
  • Web design
  • Critical and creative thinking


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Stage II – Interdisciplinary Projects, Media and Cultural Studies
In Stage II we show students how their Web 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.

Stage II has two studio modules with projects based on the bringing the students web design learning together. Students will further explore the elements of interaction design, learning about designing and shaping interactive digital products for use. They will also explore interface design for web and communication devices, learning about making the user experience as simple and easy as possible. Students will work with other designers to visually support usability. Students will also work on design for content management systems, focusing on various aspects such as user control for designers, content editors and front-end programming.

Stage III
Only students who progress to the Bachelor of Design (Web 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.

SAE Institute Australia Fees and Financing


Graduate Destinations (Associate Degree):

  • Web designer
  • Content developer
  • Web development


Associate Degree of Design (Web Design)
Trimester 1 (1st Year)
Employability Skills in the Creative IndustriesScholarly Perspectives on DesignPrinciples of DesignWeb Design
Design Processes and Production   
Trimester 2
Employability Skills in the Creative IndustriesDynamic Development 1Interaction DesignProduction 1
Overview of Industry   
Trimester 3
Media StudiesDesign Studio 1
Trimester 4 (2nd Year)
Cultural PerspectivesDesign Studio 2
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit


  • Practical design skills
  • Visual thinking
  • Design for web
  • Digital publishing
  • Social media campaigns
  • Interface design
  • Interaction design
  • Content management
  • Industry knowledge
Trimester 1
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
Scholarly Perspectives on Design
Principles of Design
Web Design
Design Processes and Production
Trimester 2
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
Dynamic Development 1
Interaction Design
Production 1
Overview of Industry
Trimester 3
Media Studies
Design Studio 1
Trimester 4
Cultural Perspectives
Design Studio 2
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit


  • Practical design skills
  • Visual thinking
  • Design for web
  • Digital publishing
  • Social media campaigns
  • Interface design
  • Interaction design
  • Content management
  • Industry knowledge

Key Info


    4 Trimesters



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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.