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Diploma of Graphic Design




What will I learn?

Kick-start a career in the visual communication industry, exploring both hand drawn creative concepts and digital skills to produce innovative ideas.

You have an opportunity to learn the foundations, create and refine designs for a range of industry facing briefs and objectives. Develop your knowledge and understanding of digital design, print, typography, commercial branding and packaging.

Experiment with ideas that inspire and be mentored by leading industry experts who engage with you and your work. Realise and develop your designs to cultivate the design career of your dreams.

You can:

  • Study the standalone Graphic Design Diploma in just one year over three trimesters, full time.
  • Use the Diploma as a foundation for a direct pathway into our unique Bachelor of Design Arts degree. After completing the full Diploma, you can get credit for the first three trimesters of the Degree with a major in the aligned discipline.
  • Use the Diploma as an entry pathway to work in the field that you love. We provide extensive career support to help find a position that is right for you.

Graphic Design Diploma Course Objectives

  • Develop and enhance creative skills to benefit further studies in Graphic Design stream or one of the other creative disciplines.
  • Proficiency with a broad range of skills, including: digital design, print, collateral, packaging and commercial branding.
  • Conceptualise, develop and produce technically refined designs to meet a variety of creative briefs.
  • Detailed knowledge of digital tools and design processes that can help achieve advanced design outcomes.
  • Build relationships with industry experts through networking and placement opportunities.

Course Learning Outcomes


  • Knowledge of the context, concepts, and design principles of the Graphic Design field
  • Knowledge and awareness of design practice, and industry standards and expectations for Graphic Design


  • Cognitive skills to analyse and evaluate information, concepts and ideas for Graphic Design projects
  • Creative and technical skills to develop ideas appropriate for different Graphic Design outcomes and markets
  • Visual, verbal and creative communication skills to present information in professional formats

Application of knowledge and skills

  • Through the practice of appropriate and effective ideas generation and decision-making within commercial and creative environments
  • Through the identification and evaluation of effective professional Graphic Design practices aligned to appropriate client briefs
  • With responsibility and accountability for their own professional practice and in collaboration with others within a Graphic Design environment

Possible Careers after studying Graphic Design diploma

  • Branding and Packaging Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Typographer
  • Web and App Designer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Environmental Designer



Study options

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$31,900.00 (17,41,266) per year

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

Start date

5 June 2023, 25 September 2023

Entry requirements

For international students

  • Evidence of satisfactory completion of VCE or year 12 equivalent or work experience equivalence;
  • is aged 18 and over;
  • Proof of English Proficiency (IELTS score of 6.0 with no skills band lower than 5.5 or equivalent like TOEFL, Pearson Test of English or CAE)

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


About LCI Melbourne

LCI Melbourne is a specialist art and design institute committed to supporting students gain a creative career.

  • Small classes sizes to support personalised learning
  • Creative community with industry connections
  • Campus located in a global design “hot spot”
  • Promotes a global professional career and perspective

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