Diploma of Graphic Design

Gordon Institute of TAFE

This qualification is part of the Creative Arts and Culture Training Package. It reflects the role of individuals who combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges. Practice at this level is underpinned by application of design theory and practice and the ability to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions. Practitioners may work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: TAFE Institute/Polytechnic (Govt)
Level: Preparatory/Industry
Campus/Location: Geelong City
Institution CRICOS: 00011G

Subjects

  • Core: Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
  • Research visual communication history and theory
  • Produce graphic designs for 2D and 3D applications
  • Produce typographic design solutions
  • Create and manipulate graphics
  • Design and manipulate complex layouts
  • Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs
  • Present a body of own creative work. Electives: Refine 3D design ideas and processes
  • Work with photomedia in creative practice
  • Create visual design components
  • Coordinate the testing of interactive media products
  • Design e-learning resources
  • plus more.

The Gordon’s main campus is located in Geelong, the second largest city in Victoria that is only one hour by train from the centre of Melbourne and 30 minutes from the start of the Great Ocean Road. Geelong is a safe, friendly and affordable city with many restaurants, cafes, festivals and events. With blue skies and world famous beaches, Geelong provides an authentic Australian experience. 

The Gordon excels at hands-on learning and takes pride in our graduates being work-ready. In fact, our graduates achieve a higher employment rate than the state and national average. Our international students gain real skills and experience, with guaranteed work placements built into most courses, which can lead to an exciting and rewarding career.

Why study at The Gordon? 

There are many benefits of studying a vocational or ELICOS program at The Gordon. You will get:

  • skills for employment, not just theoretical knowledge
  • quality education in a multicultural and safe community environment
  • access to affordable on-campus student accommodation
  • small classes and the chance to make friends with Australian students
  • lower entrance requirements and cost than a degree program
  • the chance to earn credits towards a bachelor degree and pathway to university

Courses

Courses are offered in the following areas:

  • accounting
  • aged care
  • beauty therapy
  • building and construction
  • building design
  • early childhood education
  • cookery and patisserie
  • community services
  • computer systems engineering
  • conservation and land management
  • ELICOS
  • fashion design
  • engineering
  • graphic design
  • information technology
  • interior decoration and design
  • laboratory technology
  • nursing
  • remedial massage.

For those wanting to progress to university, The Gordon offers pathways to Deakin University.

Award programs

Certificate, diploma and advanced diploma.

Intakes

February and some programs in July and October.

Duration

From six months to three years.

English language entry requirements

IELTS - 5.5+ (no band less than 5.0).

Some programs may require students to achieve a higher English language test score.

For a complete list of courses go to: 

www.thegordon.edu.au/international/international-courses

The Gordon

www.thegordon.edu.au/international 

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The Gordon provides international students with the following services:

  • affordable on-campus accommodation in our student residences*
  • homestay booking service
  • free airport pick-up
  • health cover arrangements
  • orientation and enrolment
  • careers advice and resumé assistance
  • a study support centre
  • library and free Wi-Fi
  • bookshops
  • cafeterias
  • a prayer room
  • CareerHub - an online job portal for Gordon students to help you find work.

*Only $135 per week for a large room including all amenities and free internet service. Located 15 minutes by bus from Geelong City Campus. 

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