Guided by experienced, current industry professionals in a simulated studio environment, build a solid technical skill set grounded in the design concept process. Focus your creative eye in a specialised area of graphic design such as typography, illustration, branding, packaging, animation, UIUX, digital design or environmental graphics. Work on a range of multidisciplinary projects.
Complete this nationally accredited course with a portfolio ready to wow prospective employers along with a solid understanding of current industry practices - including project management, design strategy, presentation, collaboration, and how to respond to a brief. Or take the next exciting step with the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design.
Join a tight-knit and vibrant community of designers. Find a life of creativity in advertising agencies, graphic design and finished art studios. Or, you could go into the fast-paced world of publishing, retail advertising, film and television production houses. Interested in politics? Not-for-profits? Fashion? No matter your interests, design skills are needed by pretty much every imaginable organisation. From Paris to Berlin to Tokyo, a career in design will take you wherever in the world you want to go. So take the first exciting step with our diploma.
Apply for your ticket to a tech-rich future
Ready to start your certificate or diploma? Ready to step boldly into your next chapter? Study with the uni that knows tech. Apply to Swinburne now.
18 months full-time
Hawthorn (March) - View application and start dates
VTAC course code
Hawthorn (fee type determined by provider)
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.
Riding the wave of creativity
What’s even more creative than drawing large pieces of art using the stippling technique? Doing it on upcycled materials. Swinburne Diploma of Graphic Design graduate Jarryn Dower has combined his passion for surf and art by using second-hand surfboards as the canvas for the majority of his artworks – all of which take upwards of 60 hours to create!
I learned how to look at designs critically. My illustrations, and their composition, colour and technique, improved dramatically and I was a finalist in the Australian Good Design Award for student packaging. Now, I’m working as a freelance illustrator and designer in one of the illustration hubs of the world – the UK.
Diploma of Graphic Design