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Melbourne Polytechnic Fairfield

Diploma of Graphic Design

Design a bright future for yourself. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Graphic Design offers you hands-on practical skills integrated with design processes and theory. Gain a solid grounding for future employment and ensure your knowledge of the fundamentals of graphic design.

Design your future

In this course, you will develop strong practical skills and a theoretical foundation in design. You will build your skills in analysing problems and developing well thought-out solutions.

You will learn about contemporary and traditional graphic design processes for both print and digital platforms. The course covers:

  • 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,
  • Web design basics.

Industry connections and resources

You will be taught by practising professionals, ensuring that the knowledge you gain is up-to-date and relevant to the industry.

At Melbourne Polytechnic you will have access to:

  • 2 x Mac labs,
  • 3 x Practical rooms,
  • Latest industry software including Adobe Creative Cloud,
  • Industry standard Epson stylus Pro 780 colour banner printer,
  • Epson stylus Pro 4880 colour A3 printer,
  • Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanners,
  • Life drawing facilities,
  • Light boxes.

Employment outcomes

On graduation, your prospective employers could include advertising agencies, art and design studios, packaging and publishing companies. You can also work in trade-houses (large printing firms), multimedia studios or you could work in a self-employed capacity.

Pathways to further study

On successful completion of the Diploma of Graphic Design you may like to advance further studies in the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design or even on to a degree in your specialist area, such as Melbourne Polytechnic’s highly sought and completely unique Bachelor of Illustration. Our Bachelor of Illustration is the only Illustration degree on offer in Australia!


You will be assessed through coursework and folio presentation.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.




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First Instalment AUD4,175.00
Total duration 12 MONTH(S)

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First Instalment AUD4,175.00
Total duration 12 MONTH(S)
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Total number of students: 2190

Number of students - College: 5 - 25

Melbourne Polytechnic boasts some of the best training facilities in Australia. Many are designed to simulate real workplaces and provide services direct to the public or industry, from all of our campuses and training centres in Melbourne.

Formerly known as Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) we have a proud history that spans over 100 years delivering professional education programs in Melbourne, making us one of the most experienced providers of vocationally-oriented education courses in Australia. 

In 2014, we changed our name to Melbourne Polytechnic to encompass our two strengths in the educational sector:

  • providing higher education and vocational education, and
  • training to industry-focused students and professionals in Australia and from around the world.


  • Our international students come from over 70 different countries and study across six campuses and almost eighty courses.
  • We offer practical industry relevant training designed in consultation with leading practitioners.
  • We have outstanding student support, with free academic, financial, career and personal counselling, and free airport pick up.
  • Our onsite facilities offer leading edge technology and real life working conditions, like restaurants, salons and recording studios.
  • Every one of our qualifications is accredited nationally and recognised internationally.
  • We are goverment funded and owned.
  • Winner of the Australian Governments Premiers Award for Excellence in International Education (in 2014, runner up in 2015).
  • We employ motivated, passionate teachers who have extensive experience in their field and links to industry.
  • To study in Melbourne, the worlds most liveable city.


  • Audio Editing and Recording Studios
  • Jewellery Making Workshop and Studios
  • Library
  • Yarra House Student Accomodation
  • Free Student Parking
  • Cafeteria
  • Free wifi

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Melbourne, Yarra Bend Road
Fairfield VIC 3078

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