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What will I learn?

Our course is about much more than visual aesthetics, providing you with a detailed understanding and hands-on experience of the role of design in the contemporary world. You’ll explore branding and identity design, online and print design, digital image-making and user-centred design. You’ll create targeted designs with a particular audience in mind, and develop the skills to come up with creative solutions to complex problems in almost any context.

At SAE you won’t find yourself in a lecture with 300 people or in a traditional lecture at all. You’ll be in a studio environment with the latest Adobe Creative Suite.

Your growth and development will be assessed holistically based on your engagement with and completion of real-world projects and you’ll learn to apply a strategic, entrepreneurial eye to your clients’ needs. You will build up a diverse portfolio of work to share with potential employers and clients.

Ultimately, the Associate Degree of Design and Visual Communication will allow you to flourish in a rapidly changing world, giving you the skills to apply design-led solutions to a wide range of communication challenges. With a design qualification from SAE, you can work in large corporations or small agencies, as a freelancer, or as part of an entrepreneurial project team in any industry. You’ll also be equipped with employability skills, giving you professional strategies in communication and self-promotion, and the confidence to claim your place in the workforce.

With an Associate Degree of Design and Visual Communication, you’ll be ready for cutting-edge industry roles using modern creative business concepts and strategies. Career options include UI Designer, Content Creator, Creative Director, and Branding or Identity Designer in any industry.

Enjoy the benefits of being SAE trained – our design students have achieved great success in the creative industries. SAE graduates are known within the industry for their high-level skills and are in high demand.

SAE Associate Degree of Design & Visual Communication offers:

  • Learn in a collaborative, studio-based environment where your teachers are also your mentors.
  • SAE has a range of approaches to learning and teaching to provide flexibility in the face of changing circumstances as required.
  • Learn advanced-level industry-standard software packages, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe XD and After Effects.

Develop advanced skills in industry-standard software packages: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe XD and After Effects.
Practical, immersive training: All work is project-based, with no exams. Graduate with a portfolio to share with an employer or first client.
Cross discipline collaboration: Use your design skills to work across film, audio, music, gaming and animation projects at SAE.
Flexible course options: Completing two of the three stages of the Bachelor of Design & Visual Communication, this course provides an excellent pathway into the degree

Career Outcomes
What jobs will this course lead me into?

Graphic Designer
Content Manager
Print and Digital Designer
Social Media Designer
UX Designer
UI Designer



Study options

Full Time (4 Trimesters - Fast Tracked (Full Time); 6 Trimesters - Full Time)

Tuition fees
AUD $51,440 for the entire course
Start date

19 September 2022


Melbourne Campus

235 Normanby Road,



3205, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (4 Trimesters - Fast Tracked (Full Time); 6 Trimesters - Full Time)

Tuition fees
AUD $51,440 for the entire course
Start date

19 September 2022


Brisbane Campus

Cnr Jane Street and Riverside Drive,



4101, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12) or an equivalent overseas qualification. English Language Requirements: IELTS Academic: A band score of 6 or higher; PTE (Pearson Test of English): Academic score of 46 (or higher); TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): 73 or higher.

For international students

Academic requirements

Successful completion of secondary school studies (assessed as an equivalent of Australian Year 12 secondary studies). Minimum overall pass is required.

Minimum Age

International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age prior to the commencement of their study.

English Language Requirements

  • International English Language Testing Sydney (IELTS): An overall score of 6.0 or higher with no individual band lower than 5.5 (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 73 overall (internet-based test), OR
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic score of 46 or higher, OR
  • Completion of Year 12 English in an Australian secondary school or college or equivalent with a minimum result of “Satisfactory” or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an Academic English program with an SAE-approved Australian-based English partner.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.