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What is a graphic designer? Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas visually, typographically, and through photography and illustration. Holmesglen's graphic design courses are shaped around real world creative projects. You'll learn to use the  latest media and technology, while supported by our industry partners, including the Design Institute of Australia and Australian Graphic Design Association.
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This Certificate III in Design Fundamentals provides secondary school students with an introduction to the practice of graphic design.

It prepares them to enter a wide range of art and design courses at certificate, diploma and degree level.

Supported by encouraging, industry experienced teachers, you will be introduced to a wide variety of drawing materials and techniques when producing finished design pieces using the Adobe suite of products, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Throughout the course you will create illustrations, both manually and digitally, explore layout and typography, learn digital DSLR photography and how to apply colour in a variety of contexts.

On successful completion of this course, you will have prepared a folio of design projects, learnt how to present them professionally and participated in an exhibition of your work.

This is a VET Delivered to Secondary Students (previously VETiS) course and can only be completed as part of your VCE or VCAL program.


The Certificate IV in Design prepares post secondary-school students for further studies in art and design at diploma and degree level.

It provides a general grounding in design and the opportunity to produce a folio of work that meets the requirements of entry to a wide variety of art and design courses.

Supported by encouraging, industry experienced teachers you will be introduced to the design process and work with a range of mediums, traditional and digital. The course covers drawing, two and three dimensional design, typography, layout design, photography, fashion illustration, pattern design, folio presentation and interview techniques.

The standard full-time course commences in February and runs for one year, however it can be started in July and completed in six months.

If you are specifically interested in fashion design, take a look at the MST40516 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.


The Diploma of Graphic Design will allow you to combine your technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges.

You will gain strong technical skills, develop a sound understanding of design theory and practice, and be able to analyse and synthesize 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.

Briefs include or have links to areas such as advertising and promotion, art direction, branding, corporate identity, instructional design, packaging, signage and UX and UI design.

Throughout this course, you will also be introduced to industry briefs, have exciting opportunities to enter competitions, attend design industry events, and have access to professionals from the graphic design industry. Our experienced and supportive staff are drawn from industry and students study in our outstanding facilities using the latest software and equipment.


The Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design will allow you to combine your technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges.

You will further develop your design practice plus gain crucial training in the business of graphic design and how to effectively present your work.

The course reflects the role of graphic designers who have a command of wide-ranging, highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills and knowledge in visual communication.

These skills allow you to conceive, negotiate and realise design concepts for complex projects, using sophisticated communication, organisational and project management skills.

Graphic designers work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media.

Briefs include, or have links to, areas such as advertising and promotion, art direction, branding, corporate identity, instructional design, packaging, signage and UX and UI design.

In this course, you will also work on industry briefs, enter competitions, attend design industry events, and have access to professionals from the graphic design industry.

Our experienced and supportive staff are drawn from industry and students study in our outstanding facilities using the latest software and equipment.


Graphic Design Open Days

The way we communicate in the new world is constantly changing and the graphic design industry is at the sharp edge of this fast paced change. Visit us on Open Days to learn more about our graphic design programs, meet our industry experienced teachers and see our outstanding facilities.

- , Thu, 09 May - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

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