Diploma of Graphic Design

Equip yourself with the key conceptual and technical skills to communicate your ideas effectively across multiple digital platforms.

Are you a creative thinker with a natural eye for design? 

This course combines the learning of technical, creative and conceptual skills to create graphic designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges. Study at this level is underpinned by the application of design theory and practice and the ability to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions. Graphic designers work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media.

Targeting the practical aspects and employability skills for the design industry, the Diploma of Graphic Design program will interest those wishing to work as a:

  • Entry Level Graphic Designer
  • Junior First Design and Layout Assistant
  • Entry Level Typographer
  • Graphic Design Production Assistant
  • Entry Level Illustrator
Examples of work from the Australian Pacific College of Graphic Design

Are you a domestic or international student?

Course Structure

The Diploma of Graphic Design program comprises eight subjects:

  • Design Ideas
  • Typography 1
  • Visual Communication History and Theory
  • Brand and Identity
  • 2D and 3D Graphic Design
  • Advertising
  • Interactive Design
  • Graphic Design Studio
Australian Pacific College - Diploma of Graphic Design project
An example of graphic design work completed by a student on this course


  • Broadband internet access 
  • A video capable device and/or a digital camera
  • Access to a scanner/printer (minimum 1000+ DPI, A4 size)
  • Sketchbook, drawing and model making materials
  • Laptop (100% Online students may use Desktop computer)
    – Apple/ MAC: 
       macOC 10.13 or newer, 16GB, 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel® Core i7™ or newer, 8 GB RAM, Minimum 40 GB free disk space; recommend 100 GB free disk space available. 
    – PC:
       64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 10 or Windows 11, 6 GB RAM, 30 GB free disk space.


  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and XD ($21.99/mth first year, $43.99/mth after that)
  • Google Suite (Google Docs, Slides and Sheets included as part of your Student Email Account)
  • Relevant software to upload and download video files

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) is available for all courses, subjects and units of learning and competency being offered by APC and APC Design School.

If you have experience, skills and knowledge in your field of work – you may be eligible or even close to attaining a related qualification.

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All APC vocational courses are assessed through a combination of assessment types that may include short answer questions, studio projects, essays, reports, group tasks, portfolios and/or presentations.

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Pathway CourseNumber of CreditsApproximate Length of Credit
Bachelor of Communication Design80 CreditsUp to 1 year

Entry Requirements

Academic: Successful completion of Australian Year 10 or equivalent and the submission of a sample of work (portfolio) with 5-8 pieces of original creative work. View our Portfolio guide. Individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills and ability to:

  • Produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges
  • Produce typography that supports the overall design solution
  • Use graphic design industry software

English language proficiency: General English – Upper Intermediate Level; or English Proficiency Skills test result as per the APC requirements.

To participate in APC courses students need to have certain technical equipment, software and design equipment. Please check this Technology and Equipment Standard for Students.

Australian Pacific College - Diploma of Graphic Design

Sample Timetable

09:00 – 12:0008:30 – 11:3008:30 – 11:3013:00 – 15:00
Subject 1 Lecture (LEC)Subject 1 StudioSubject 2 StudioEnhance Your Employability Skills (EYES) tutorial
13:00 – 16:0012:00 – 15:0012:00 – 15:00
Subject 2 Lecture (LEC)Subject 1 StudioSubject 2 Studio
  • International students are expected to attend and study 20 timetabled hours per week.

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Bundle and Save on Visa Costs

Course bundling is when you apply for a series of related courses, instead of just one course, saving you money on your visa costs. 

For example, if you are interested in a Certificate II or Certificate III course, you can combine it into a bundle with a related Certificate IV course. Or combine a Certificate IV course with a related Diploma and Advanced Diploma.