Graphic Design Diploma| LCI Melbourne | Institute of Higher Education

Graphic Design

Higher Education Diploma

Graphic Design Diploma

Kick-start a career in the visual communication industry, exploring both hand drawn creative concepts and digital skills to produce innovative ideas.

You have an opportunity to learn the foundations, create and refine designs for a range of industry facing briefs and objectives. Develop your knowledge and understanding of digital design, print, typography, commercial branding and packaging.

Experiment with ideas that inspire and be mentored by leading industry experts who engage with you and your work. Realise and develop your designs to cultivate the design career of your dreams.

You can:

  • Study the standalone Graphic Design Diploma in just one year over three trimesters, full time.
  • Use the Diploma as a foundation for a direct pathway into our unique Bachelor of Design Arts degree. After completing the full Diploma, you can get credit for the first three trimesters of the Degree with a major in the aligned discipline.
  • Use the Diploma as an entry pathway to work in the field that you love. We provide extensive career support to help find a position that is right for you.

  • Develop and enhance creative skills to benefit further studies in Graphic Design stream or one of the other creative disciplines.
  • Proficiency with a broad range of skills, including: digital design, print, collateral, packaging and commercial branding.
  • Conceptualise, develop and produce technically refined designs to meet a variety of creative briefs.
  • Detailed knowledge of digital tools and design processes that can help achieve advanced design outcomes.
  • Build relationships with industry experts through networking and placement opportunities.

  • Branding and Packaging Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Typographer
  • Web and App Designer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Environmental Designer


  • Knowledge of the context, concepts, and design principles of the Graphic Design field  
  • Knowledge and awareness of design practice, and industry standards and expectations for Graphic Design


  • Cognitive skills to analyse and evaluate information, concepts and ideas for Graphic Design projects 
  • Creative and technical skills to develop ideas appropriate for different Graphic Design outcomes and markets 
  • Visual, verbal and creative communication skills to present information in professional formats

Application of knowledge and skills

  • Through the practice of appropriate and effective ideas generation and decision making within commercial and creative environments 
  • Through the identification and evaluation of effective professional Graphic Design practices aligned to appropriate client briefs 
  • With responsibility and accountability for their own professional practice and in collaboration with others within a Graphic Design environment

One year, three trimesters (12 weeks each)

Higher Education Diploma