Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication Design

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication Design
Cloud CampusYes

This course is 2 years part-time or equivalent duration. Please see the Pathways section below for more information.

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$27,040 for 1 yr full-time AUD
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code A638
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication Design provides practical and theoretical skills in Visual Communication Design. This is achieved through a combination of study incorporating the contemporary thinking and techniques required for professional design practice. It explores design’s role as an agent of change and as a key link between creativity and innovation. It also addresses the social, cultural and ethical implications of design practice. The program delivers an in-depth study of new technology in design with an emphasis on typography, form and application. Historical and contemporary graphic design processes are explored within both local and international contexts.

The Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication Design encourages students to shape their ideas into practical and attractive propositions for users, customers and society as a whole. It offers a solid foundation for employment in communication design industry or continued study in the field.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate a specialised, developed knowledge of how to research, plan and produce design-based solutions to complex visual communication challenges. Advanced knowledge and skills for analysing communication design as applied in a local, national and international context.  


Demonstrate sophisticated and effective communication skills using visual media. Transmit ideas, analysis, findings and strategies through advanced written and oral presentation 

Digital literacy

Employ a range of specialist skills using industry standard design programs and other digital literacies to source, analyse, generate and disseminate design solutions to an advanced level. 

Critical thinking

Demonstrate advanced understanding of ethical and legal issues surrounding visual communication design.

Acquire advanced skills in the critical evaluation of contemporary design practices, design conversations and design issues and demonstrate application in own professional design practice.

Problem solving

Demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate information to inform professional design practice. Employ specialized knowledge, skills and creativity supported by research based theoretical underpinning to generate advanced design solutions to complex visual communication design briefs. 


Demonstrate advanced initiative and autonomy in planning, decision-making and problem solving in the field of visual communication design.  


Demonstrate an ability to work and learn collaboratively, collegially and responsibly with a range of disciplines, clients and industry representatives.  

Global citizenship

Demonstrate a responsibility to and understanding and appreciation of global, economic and ethical influences on the practice of visual communication design.  

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014


Course rules

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication Design, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of compulsory core units.

Course structure

Year 1

ACG702Digital Publishing

ACG703Design and Digital Skills

ACG706Designing for Web Environments

ACI700Introduction to Digital Photography

Year 2

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ACG708Design Thinking and Problem Solving

ACG709Strategic Branding and Design

ALR733Advertising Theory and Practice

Course Map

Course Map

Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. (more details)

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 


A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A 'same discipline' background award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in Graphic Design or Visual Communication Design.

Highest same discipline award held at point of Grad Dip entry Reduction in course duration Remaining course duration
Bachelor, Bachelor (Honours) same discipline 0.5 year (4 credit points) 0.5 year or part-time equivalent (4 credit points)

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin. 

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.


How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
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Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Communication (A539)