Diploma of Design (UniLink) (8 months)

DP-DES1 UniLink Diploma Hawthorn Send me a link to this course

Want to know how to create things that are both beautiful and useful? The Diploma of Design (UniLink) gives you an alternative pathway into higher education. You'll learn in a supportive and friendly university environment where you can follow your passion for all kinds of design.

Study Design to learn how to articulate your creative ideas in different mediums. Better yet, you’ll gain strategic knowledge in clear and coherent expression of these ideas to different audiences. You'll learn how to do this as an individual, and as part of a collaborative team.

Learn about the history of art and culture, and how it informs contemporary design. Develop critical thinking skills to offer solutions to design challenges. Get practical skills in how to understand and use design terminology and communicate your ideas through a range of mediums. Grow your technical expertise in graphic design, including printed media, branding, illustration and packaging. Find out how to create visual impact through photography, web design and digital publishing, and explore the world of 3D design. This diploma will prepare you for further study in art and design.

Over 8 months, you’ll study content that is similar to a bachelor degree, but in smaller class sizes – so you'll have more one-on-one time with your teachers. When you finish your UniLink diploma, you can move straight into a Bachelor of Design at Swinburne, adding no additional time or money to your studies.


8 months full-time or equivalent part-time


Hawthorn (February, June, October) - View application and start dates

Study modes

  • Full-time,
  • Part-time

VTAC course codes

  • 3400236301 (CSP)
  • 3400211523 (IFP)
ATAR 45.00 2023 Guaranteed Entry ATAR
This course allows you to pathway to another qualification.