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STUDY GRAPHIC & DIGITAL DESIGN

AVAILABLE TO STUDY ON-CAMPUS, ONLINE, OR BLENDED

 

If you dream of a career as a Graphic Designer, UX Designer, Web Designer, Interaction Designer, Service Designer, Experience Designer, Graphic Artist, Typographer, Advertiser, Branding Specialist, or Illustrator, this course is for you.

The Graphic & Digital Design course teaches the in-demand knowledge and skills for creating outstanding and meaningful design and is perfect for students who want to establish a professional career in the graphic and digital design industry.

Dive into the full spectrum of visual design, from traditional print work to contemporary interactive digital design, alongside graphic design principles.

Tailored to equip students with transferable industry skills, the course will also delve into communication, brand strategy, customer experience and service design and digital media.

You will undertake fundamental units in motion design, human-centred design, data analysis, visualisation & information design, brand experience, design principles, elements & colour theory, typography and publication design.

Collarts offers students a variety of real-life industry experiences so that they are career-ready when they graduate. With the opportunity to create a capstone project, undertake industry placement, and develop a professional portfolio, students will leave the course prepared for a successful career in graphic and digital design.

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OPPORTUNITIES & EXPERIENCES

 

Build a solid foundation of graphic and digital design theory including motion design, colour theories and typography

Study the relationship between visual design and storytelling while creating art that reflects cultural concepts

Develop and hone technical skills in graphic and digital design using industry-standard tools and platforms

Create your own professional career-ready portfolio of graphic and digital design work

Get mentored by industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

Study in our world-class creative spaces and classrooms across five campuses or study online

Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your degree in two years instead of the standard three

→  FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees)

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT GRAPHIC & DIGITAL DESIGN

COLLARTS AND DREXEL UNIVERSITY CELEBRATE MEANINGFUL DESIGN

A hybrid collaboration with Drexel University, The Museum of Where We Are was conceptualised by Drexel’s Assistant Professor of Design History Professor Joseph Larnerd, who sought to find a way for his students to continue hands-on learning, following the universal pivot to remote approaches after the pandemic hit in early 2020.

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ALUMNI STEPH CREEK ON MOLDING YOUR FUTURE

For Animation & VFX alumni Steph Creek, drawing always came naturally. But making art and working in film was not the career she thought she would pursue until inspiration hit during a set tour at Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures.

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WHAT IT MEANS TO CHOOSE COLLARTS

Here at Collarts, we do things a little differently than other major universities and colleges. We call it The Collarts Way. It’s what makes us stand out from the crowd and why we’re proud to be the place where so many creative students have found their study home. When comparing your future study options, here's everything you should keep in mind about us.

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“Collarts helped me get closer to my dream. It’s one of the only places that’s made me feel like my ideas are valid and that it’s okay to think differently.”

JEMMA HOLLWAY

Digital & Social Media Graduate, Bolster Group

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“When I was looking at my options, Collarts’ practical approach was exactly what I was looking for. Collarts is so industry-focused, and I wanted my degree to be a stepping stone for a job in the future.”

ALECIA MOSTERT

Interior Design Graduate, Carr

BACHELOR

BACHELOR OF GRAPHIC & DIGITAL DESIGN

 

The Bachelor of Graphic & Digital Design is perfect for students who want to establish a professional design career in the graphic and digital industry, teaching the in-demand knowledge and skills for creating outstanding and meaningful design.

Dive into the full spectrum of visual design, from traditional print work to contemporary interactive digital design, alongside graphic design principles; and apply your polished technical skills to a career-ready portfolio.

The Bachelor degree can be completed in six trimesters (2 years) of full-time study or part-time equivalent.

 

THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE, YOU WILL

 

Build an extensive foundation of graphic and digital design theory including motion design, colour theories and typography

Study the relationship between visual design and storytelling while creating art that reflects cultural concepts

Develop and hone technical skills in graphic and digital design using industry-standard tools and platforms

Create your own professional career-ready portfolio of graphic and digital design work

Get mentored by industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

Study in our world-class creative spaces and classrooms across five campuses or study online

Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your degree in two years instead of the standard three

→ FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), to learn more click here

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of Graphic & Digital Design are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 110058M (2 years)/110059K (3 years) & 110062D (2 trimesters)/110063C (3 trimesters).

DIPLOMA

DIPLOMA OF GRAPHIC & DIGITAL DESIGN

 

The Diploma of Graphic & Digital Design is perfect for students who want to learn the foundations of graphic and digital design.

You'll develop a broad understanding of visual and digital design while applying industry-standard practices and honing your technical skills through individual projects and collaborative work.

The diploma can be completed in two trimesters (8 months) of full-time study and you have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree (subject to academic performance).

 

THROUGHOUT THE DIPLOMA, YOU WILL

 

 Learn the foundations of graphic and digital design including design theories and elements

Develop graphic and digital design techniques to enter the graphic design industry at an entry-level

→ Apply technical skills to graphic and digital design practices

 Create your own professional career-ready portfolio of graphic and digital design work

 Get mentored by industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

 Study in our world-class creative spaces and classrooms across five campuses or study online

 Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course

 No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

 Complete your degree in two years instead of the standard three

→ FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), to learn more click here

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of Graphic & Digital Design are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 110058M (2 years)/110059K (3 years) & 110062D (2 trimesters)/110063C (3 trimesters).

ELIGIBILITY & ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

Applicants will need to attend an admissions interview. You will be asked questions about your experience, background, and interest in the course and/or industry

 Applicants are required to present a 300-word statement of engagement with graphic and digital design OR a portfolio of their creative work

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

DIPLOMA APPLICANTS

Applicants are required to successfully complete VCAL, VCE, IB, or state/international Year 12 equivalent. If students have not completed the year 12 requirements, they must be at least 20 years of age

The Diploma can be used as a pathway into the Bachelor degree

There are no ATAR minimum or subject requirements

 

BACHELOR APPLICANTS

Applicants are required to successfully complete VCE, IB, or state/international Year 12 equivalent

VCAL students are not eligible for the Bachelor until they have successfully completed the diploma

If students have not completed the year 12 requirements, they must be at least 20 years of age

There are no ATAR minimum or subject requirements

 

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE APPLICANTS

If none of the above qualifications have successfully been completed, applicants must be 20 years of age or older with 2 years of work experience to apply

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Non-Year 12 applicants may apply directly on the website, and a Future Student Advisor will be in touch to arrange an interview

Year 12 applicants must apply through VTAC. VTAC opens in August each year. Place the appropriate Collarts course into one of your preferences and a Future Student Advisor will be in touch to arrange an interview

KEY INFORMATION

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Start Dates
February, May, and September
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Number of Units
8 in Diploma
24 in Bachelor
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Duration
Diploma 8 Months
Bachelor 2 Years
Or Part-Time Equivalent
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Study Mode
On-Campus, Online or Blended
Student Support
Free Access to Wellbeing & Academic Support
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Industry Placement
60 Hours of Practical Placement
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FEE-HELP
Available
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Transparent Fees
$2,502.90 per unit
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International Fees
$2,916 per unit

COURSE STRUCTURE

Delivery Mode - On-campus, Online, Blended
FIRST YEAR THEORY PRINCIPLES DESIGN PRACTICE INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Design Thinking & Innovation Design Principles, Elements & Colour Theory Typography Fundamentals Critical Thinking
Trimester 2 Persuasion & Representation Copywriting Motion Design Critical Survey
Trimester 3 Brand Experience Publication Design User Experience & Interface Design Human-Centred Design + Elective
SECOND YEAR THEORY PRINCIPLES DESIGN PRACTICE INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Contemporary Art, Design & Cultural History Data Analysis, Visualisation & Information Design Systems Design Social Impact Project + Elective
Trimester 2 Design Law, Ethics & Regulation Graphic & Digital Design Capstone Development Advanced Typography Group Project + Elective
Trimester 3 Creative Entrepreneurship Graphic & Digital Design Capstone Project Graphic & Digital Design Capstone Project Industry Placement or Professional Portfolio

OUR CAMPUSES

Wellington St Campus

208 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066

OPENING HOURS

Mon-Fri – 8:30am-10pm
Sat – 9am-5pm
Sun – 10am-4pm

George St Campus

2/156 George St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

OPENING HOURS

Mon-Thu – 8:30am-8pm 
Fri – 8:30am-5pm 
Sat-Sun – Closed

Cromwell St Campus

67/69 Cromwell St, Collingwood VIC 3066

OPENING HOURS

Mon-Fri – 8:30am-8pm 
Sat-Sun – 10am-4pm

Brunswick St Campus

209 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

OPENING HOURS

Mon-Fri – 8:30am-10pm
Sat – 9am-5pm
Sun – 10am-4pm