What will I learn?

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Graphic Design offers hands-on, practical skills. The course combines practical design processes and theory, allowing you to gain a solid base for future employment in the design industry. Graphic design is the most popular cultural occupation in Australia, with over 59,000 Australians working in the field. Advance your knowledge of the fundamentals of graphic design and stand out from the pack in this creative industry.

Illustrate your skills

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Graphic Design has been developed to help you build strong practical skills and a theoretical foundation in design. Build skills in analysing design problems and developing solutions. You will learn about contemporary and traditional graphic design processes for both print and digital platforms. You'll cover 2D and 3D design, colour theory, concept development, design process and theory, digital imaging and computer graphics, drawing and illustration, professional typesetting and type design, information graphics, packaging and publication design, pre-press and web design basics. Learn from practising professionals, ensuring that the knowledge you gain is up-to-date and relevant to the industry. Melbourne Polytechnic has a huge range of facilities and software, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Mac labs, Epson printers and scanners and life-drawing facilities. Our Diploma of Graphic Design is the perfect pathway into our Bachelor of Illustration - the only specialist Illustration degree in Australia.

Become a professional in the industry

On successful completion of the Diploma of Graphic Design you may like to advance your studies and enrol into the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design or into Melbourne Polytechnic’s highly sought and completely unique Bachelor of Illustration. Your prospective employers include advertising agencies, art and design studios, and packaging and publishing companies. You might also work in trade-houses and large printing firms, multimedia studios or as a self-employed graphic designer.


Where will this take me

Once you graduate, your prospective employers include:

  • advertising agencies
  • large and small art and design studios
  • advertising departments of large retail companies
  • packaging and publishing companies (newspapers, magazines and books)
  • trade-houses (pre-press and large printing firms)
  • multimedia studios
  • Graphic Designer


On successful completion of this Diploma course you may continue on to further studies in the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design or a degree in your specialist area, for example, in our Bachelor of Illustration course

How you learn

  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

Assessment by coursework and folio presentation

Which department am I in?

Department of Visual Arts



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$17,552.00 (9,50,813) per year
Tuition fees per semester: AUD $8,776

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 January 2022, 11 July 2022


Fairfield Campus

Yarra Bend Road,



3078, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Most certificate and diploma level courses require evidence of completion to studies equivalent to Australian Year 11 or 12.

If you do not meet Melbourne Polytechnic’s academic entry-level requirements but have acquired skills or knowledge relevant to your chosen course, you may apply as a mature age student. A mature age student is considered to be over 18 years old and has been out of full-time education for at least one year.

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. General IELTS: 6.0 overall individual bands: min 5.5, TOEFL iBT: 49 overall Writing: 18; Speaking: 16; Reading: 8; Listening: 7, Pearson Global Scale of English: – PTE Academic: 42 overall communicative skills: 36, Cambridge English Scale (- Cambridge: First (FCE), - Cambridge: Advanced (CAE), - Cambridge: Proficiency (CPE)): 162 overall individual bands: 154, Melbourne Polytechnic: ELICOS: 2+ ISLPR overall individual bands: min ISLPR 2.

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


About Melbourne Polytechnic

Spread across seven campuses, Melbourne Polytechnic offers industry-related degrees and pathways to top universities.

  • One of Australia's largest higher education providers
  • Home to international students from over 70 countries
  • Awarded for Excellence in International Education
  • Partnerships with top universities and organisations