Diploma of Graphic Design

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Billy Blue College of Design

What is a Diploma of Graphic Design?

A Diploma of Graphic Design provides a broad base of general and specialist knowledge, with a focus on design awareness, problem-solving and technical skills. It builds a foundation in graphic design, combining theory with hands-on experience. Under guidance from industry professionals, you’ll develop a portfolio to showcase your skills and graduate prepared for the diverse needs of a fast-paced, visually literate society.

Throughout the course, you will explore the theory, practice and human connection of graphic design. You’ll challenge the conventions of current graphic design ideas and deliver engaging, appropriate and original solutions for everything from digital signage and point-of-sale material to books and billboards. You will learn about design history and principles, ideas generation, brand identity, typography, design research and user experience. By examining logos, symbols and brands you’ll have the opportunity to design your own unique brand and workshop it with other students, giving you the chance to see your designs through the eyes of others. You’ll also gain the skills to use industry-standard graphic design software including the Adobe Creative Suite with confidence and flair.


Learning outcomes

  • Develop the skills required to operate a freelance graphic design business or work in a professional design studio.
  • Grow your skills and knowledge from a technical and theoretical base.
  • Discover the powerful uses of typography and design principles in creating meaning across communication.
  • Manipulate photography and illustration to create original works.
  • Master industry-standard software and related tools in a technical environment.
  • Learn the language of graphic design so you graduate job-ready.
DIA recognised course

DIA-recognised course

This course is recognised by the Design Institute of Australia, giving you confidence that your education is of the highest industry standard.

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Vogue Australia partnership

We’ve partnered with industry leaders including Vogue Australia, to offer you internship, mentoring and scholarship opportunities.

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Free Adobe Creative Cloud Pro licence

You'll receive a free Adobe Creative Cloud Pro licence for the entire time you're studying Design with us.

Study mode
Online, On campus, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Online
Course duration
18 months full-time, up-to 3 years part-time, 12 months accelerated
Start date
19 Feb 2024
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
Fees & scholarships

This is an AQF Level 5 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd T/A Billy Blue College of Design.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Gain industry experience on real projects
Work with real clients and tackle industry briefs to build practical experience throughout your course.

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Ultimate flexibility
With the option to study full or part time and all your learning materials online, you can tailor your study to suit your lifestyle.

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Join a community of award-winning designers
Our graduates are recognised by industry and highly sought after, even before completing their studies.
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Career opportunities

The Diploma of Graphic Design will give you key conceptual and technical skills to transform fantastic concepts into visual reality. You will graduate this graphic design diploma ready for entry-level employment as a Graphic Designer, Digital Designer, Visual Designer, Illustrator or Desktop Publisher across a wide range of industries, or ready to enter a specialised bachelor’s degree.

Potential career paths

  • Graphic Designer
    Average salary: $74,990 - $108,751
  • Web Designer
    Average salary: $75,750 - $120,673
  • Illustrator
    Average salary: $64,377 - $104,806
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Studying at Billy Blue was a true turning point in my career, as I was surrounded by lecturers and classmates who I believe truly wanted me to succeed.
Imogen Frost
Graduate, Diploma of Graphic Design

Subjects and units

This course comprises of ten level 100 core subjects, one level 200 core subject and one elective subject. Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and seven hours self-directed study.

  • Core
  • Electives


Complete eleven core subjects. Additionally, you’re required to select one elective from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Digital Design Foundations | DGDDD100
  • Visual Language of Design | DGDVL100
  • Typography | DGDTY100
  • Finished Art (pre-requisite DGDDD100 Digital Design Foundations) | DGDFA100
  • Symbols and Branding | DGDSB100
  • Motion Design | DIG104A
  • Publishing and Media | DGDPM100
  • Form and Insight (pre-requisite DGDDD100 Digital Design Foundations) | DGDFI200
  • Interaction Design | DIG103A
  • Work Integrated Learning | WIL100
  • Portfolio and Professional Practice | DGDPP100


Choose one elective.

Elective subjects

  • Data Visualisation | CIN100A
  • Camera and Capture | ICC100
  • Illustration | DGDIL100


Learn with industry standard technologies

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Study pathways

Torrens University offers undergraduate and postgraduate students with flexible entry options and study pathways. Whether you prefer a full program or a modular approach, we can tailor your studies to your needs. Start your journey with an undergraduate diploma or bachelor degree, or grow your career with a postgraduate qualification.

Need more help?

Let us customise a study plan and pathway for you.


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    Online | On campus | Blended
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  • Graduate Certificate of Design
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  • Master of Design
    9 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    Master of Design (Cognate) 1.5 years, Master of Design (Non-Cognate) 2 years full time, part time options available

    Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

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Industry partners and work placements

The big difference at Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia is that you’ll start working in the design industry from day one – gaining valuable experience, learning from industry professionals and making industry connections.

Gain professional experience

Gain work experience as you complete an industry brief, putting your learnings into practice with guidance and mentoring from practicing professionals.

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Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


If you are truly passionate about Design and Creative Technology, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of Design and Creative Technology scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the Design and Creative Technology industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet at least one of the requirements listed below.

Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent


Successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above


Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification


Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways


Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.


We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application to study as an international student, check that you meet the requirements below.

Australian Year 12 or equivalent and
Academic IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent
OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

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