English language requirements
IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
This course is 1-year full-time or part-time equivalent duration.
Please see the Pathways section below for more information.
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. The course 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 as well as in-depth studies 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 you to shape your ideas into practical and attractive propositions for users, customers and society as a whole. It offers a solid foundation for employment in the communication design industry or continued study in the field.Read More
- Award granted
- Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication Design
2023 course information
- Deakin code
- Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
- Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication Design, students must successfully complete:
- 6 credit points in Visual Communication Design from the units listed below, plus
- 2 credit points of electives
- Academic Integrity AAI018 (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
Electives may be chosen from the remaining units above or from any other postgraduate course in the School of Communication and Creative Arts. Students who intend to move from the Graduate Diploma to the Master of Communication are strongly advised to take ACX701Communication Concepts for their two elective credit points.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
Admission Requirements Specific Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
- a Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
- at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
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.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Recognition of prior learning
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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course in the same year they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.
One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
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 tuition fees.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.
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 |
|Bachelor, Bachelor (Honours) same discipline||0.5 year |
(4 credit points)
|0.5 year or part-time equivalent |
(4 credit points)
As a graduate of Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication Design you will be able to communicate and produce industry and audience-relevant solutions to communication problems and opportunities which require visual design in the strategy mix. In addition, the course will develop graduates with sound theoretical grounding in cultural, business and professional skills to enable them to be effective practitioners.
Graduates are likely to find work in areas such as advertising and marketing communication, communication strategy, corporate branding, design consultancies or creative boutiques. Graduates may be employed, work on a freelance basis or be self-employed. With a focus on both communication design knowledge and technical skills, graduates are better prepared for the rapidly evolving, ever-changing communication industries.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
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.|
|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.|
|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.
|Demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate information to inform professional design practice. Employ specialised knowledge, skills and creativity supported by research-based theoretical underpinnings 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.|
|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 November 2017