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Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$8,105 per year / $40,525 total
International Tuition Fees
$37,600 per year

Masters (Research)

South Bank, Gold Coast
This research degree will provide opportunities for students to carry out advanced research in response to a research question of their choice.
Entry Requirements

An applicant for admission to the Master of Design Research is required to hold:

  • a postgraduate qualification with a GPA of at least 5 in a related discipline
  • OR a Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours (Division B) in a related discipline.

In addition to the academic qualifications required for candidature as described above, the following criteria needs to be satisfied for admission:

  • the proposed topic is appropriate for higher degree research;
  • the Queensland College of Art is able to provide the necessary research place, supervision, resources and facilities; and there is an appropriate fit between the applicant, research environment, available resources and supervision;
  • the proposed program of work can be completed within the maximum period of candidature for the degree;
  • the proposed research does not reproduce research that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma;
  • the proposed program conforms to the University's ethical guidelines on research involving humans and animals;
  • where the intellectual property rights of the applicant may be a consideration, a suitable agreement protecting the rights of the student has been signed.

The following University policy will apply to Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs:

  • Higher Degree Research Policy
Scholarships

Applicants wishing to commence in Research Intake 1 should lodge their application prior to the closing date listed at the top of this page. Applicants applying to commence at any other time should submit their application at least four months before their preferred intake date. Refer to the Scholarship Key Dates for further information.

Duration
2 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
International Tuition Fees
$32,000 per year / $64,000 total
Graduate Satisfaction
89.80%

Bachelor (Honours)

Hawthorn
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$6,684 per year / $6,684 total
International Tuition Fees
$36,600 per year
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$8,105 per year / $40,525 total
International Tuition Fees
$37,600 per year

Masters (Coursework)

South Bank, Gold Coast
The Master of Visual Arts degree is suited to both artists who want to deepen their understanding of the contemporary art world, as well as graduates who are changing disciplines and want to pursue and expand their artistic and creative capabilities.
Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Visual Arts, applicants must:

  • hold a Bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognised University with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale)
  • OR hold a Bachelor degree or a Graduate Certificate (or higher) in a cognate discipline from a recognised University with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale) - these students will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing
  • OR hold a Bachelor Honours degree or a Graduate Diploma (or higher) in a cognate discipline from a recognised University with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale) - these students will be eligible for 80 credit points of advanced standing
  • OR have a combination of alternative admission criteria such as formal, informal and non-formal learning deemed to be equivalent to either of the above - these students may be eligible for 10 to 80 credit points of advanced standing
  • AND provide a brief personal statement of 2-3 paragraphs outlining:
    1. Why you want to study a Master of Visual Arts and
    2. A description of the research and/or practical projects that you would like to undertake during the study with reference to the courses and topics in the program that attract your interest.
Duration
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$24,000 per year / $48,000 total
International Tuition Fees
$34,000 per year / $68,000 total
Graduate Satisfaction
89.80%

Graduate Certificate

Perth
Take a human-centred approach to redefine problems and identify alternative strategies and solutions to almost any challenge with a Graduate Certificate in Design Thinking. 
Entry Requirements
Entry requirements

Select which option best describes your path to university :

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
University study
Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).
Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).
Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) courses

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject
  • MUPC (1 Trimester)
  • Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch University Preparation Course
  • Introduction to Academic Communication unit
  • Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.
Creative Portfolio

Successful Portfolio application as assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Find out more

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

or interstate equivalent, or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

University study
Minimum academic requirement
Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).
Minimum English requirement
Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).
Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) courses
Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject
  • MUPC (1 Trimester)
  • Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.
Minimum English requirement

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch University Preparation Course
  • Introduction to Academic Communication unit
  • Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.
Creative Portfolio
Minimum academic requirement

Successful Portfolio application as assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Find out more

Minimum English requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

or interstate equivalent, or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
GCE A Levels

Aggregate of 6 points from:
  • A maximum of the best three A-level subjects; OR
  • A combination of A-level and AS-level subjects

At least two A-level subjects are included in the calculation

AS-level subject attempted at A-level is not eligible to be included

A-level grades (A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1)

AS-level grades (A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5)

A Levels: D in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature

Knowledge and Inquiry.

Extenuating circumstances

We'll consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of entry requirements for an undergraduate course. Find out more.

Case-by-case assessment.
Portfolio entry

For Creative Media, Arts and Design and Communications courses

A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area. Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.

Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)
70

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only).

Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)
CPS 54 or higher.
50% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Total score of 24 or higher.

Higher level (HL): 3 or better.

Standard Level (SL): 4 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


VET course studied at school
Successful completion of a Certificate IV or higher.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.
Overseas Year 12
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
Overall Position (OP) of 13 or lower.

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


GCE A Levels
Minimum academic requirement

Aggregate of 6 points from:
  • A maximum of the best three A-level subjects; OR
  • A combination of A-level and AS-level subjects

At least two A-level subjects are included in the calculation

AS-level subject attempted at A-level is not eligible to be included

A-level grades (A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1)

AS-level grades (A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5)

Minimum English requirement

A Levels: D in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature

Knowledge and Inquiry.

Extenuating circumstances
Minimum academic requirement

We'll consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of entry requirements for an undergraduate course. Find out more.

Minimum English requirement
Case-by-case assessment.
Portfolio entry
Minimum academic requirement

For Creative Media, Arts and Design and Communications courses

A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area. Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.

Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)
Minimum academic requirement
70
Minimum English requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only).

Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)
Minimum academic requirement
CPS 54 or higher.
Minimum English requirement
50% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Minimum academic requirement
Total score of 24 or higher.
Minimum English requirement

Higher level (HL): 3 or better.

Standard Level (SL): 4 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


VET course studied at school
Minimum academic requirement
Successful completion of a Certificate IV or higher.
Minimum English requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.


Overseas Year 12
Minimum academic requirement
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Minimum English requirement
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
Minimum academic requirement
Overall Position (OP) of 13 or lower.
Minimum English requirement

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
Certificate IV AQF level 4
Successful completion of a Certificate IV.
Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only), OR

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only), OR

STAT Written English score of 140 or higher (145 if prior to May 2010).

Diploma or Advanced Diploma AQF level 5-6
Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.
Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.
Certificate IV AQF level 4
Minimum academic requirement
Successful completion of a Certificate IV.

Minimum English requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only), OR

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only), OR

STAT Written English score of 140 or higher (145 if prior to May 2010).

Diploma or Advanced Diploma AQF level 5-6

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Minimum English requirement

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
Mature Age Pathway (MAP)

MAP involves an interview and a portfolio submission to be assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Admission is based on relevant work and life experience. Applicants must also meet the English Language Competency requirements for the course. Email us for more information.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Must be met according to the respective courses standard ELC requirements, STAT Written English 140, etc.


Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
Multiple Choice score of 135 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).


Portfolio entry

For Creative Media, Arts and Design and Communications courses

A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area. Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.

Mature Age Pathway (MAP)

Minimum academic requirement

MAP involves an interview and a portfolio submission to be assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Admission is based on relevant work and life experience. Applicants must also meet the English Language Competency requirements for the course. Email us for more information.

Minimum English requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Must be met according to the respective courses standard ELC requirements, STAT Written English 140, etc.


Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Minimum academic requirement

Multiple Choice score of 135 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).

Minimum English requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).


Portfolio entry

Minimum academic requirement

For Creative Media, Arts and Design and Communications courses

A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area. Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.

An AQF Level 7 Bachelor's degree or higher, or satisfactory preparation/professional experience as determined by the Academic Chair .
English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which for most courses can be demonstrated by providing evidence that you have completed Year 11 and 12 in Australia at any level if you are a domestic student, or through either English proficiency tests, university preparation courses, English language courses, previous tertiary study or vocational education.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you've already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you've already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Progress to fees and scholarships
Duration
0.5 year full-time
Domestic Tuition Fees
$16,500 total
International Tuition Fees
$16,500 total
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$9,527 per year / $47,635 total
International Tuition Fees
$37,600 per year

Doctorate (PhD)

South Bank
This professional development degree, with an integrated program of independent research and coursework, will help you extend your studio research and practice and make original conceptual advancements in your discipline.
Entry Requirements

For admission as a candidate, an applicant will:

  • hold a Bachelor degree with first-class or second-class Honours (Division A) or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution; or
  • hold a Masters degree from a recognised institution or equivalent qualification deemed by the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School to be of a standard comparable at least to a Bachelor degree with second class Honours (Division A); or
  • possess a record of research or a qualification granted by a professional or other body, deemed by the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School to be of a standard comparable at least to a bachelors degree with second-class Honours (Division A)
  • have been enrolled in a research Masters degree at the University for not less than one year as a full-time candidate and two years as a part-time candidate and will have had their work as a research Masters candidate certified by the Dean to be of a standard required for candidature in a professional doctorate.

Students admitted to the Doctor of Visual Arts program will normally hold previous qualifications in the visual arts area.

Prospective students must confirm prior to application that their chosen project can be conducted within the appropriate concentration area (i.e. check the availability of supervision, resources etc). If specialist equipment or computer programs are required, this must be stated on the student's application form.

When applying, applicants must submit a written research proposal outlining the nature of the studio project they wish to undertake and the supporting research question for their dissertation. Applicants will also be requested to present a current folio of their most outstanding work and a curriculum vitae.

The following University policy will apply to Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs:

  • Higher Degree Research Policy
Scholarships

Applicants wishing to commence in Research Intake 1 should lodge their application prior to the closing date listed at the top of this page. Applicants applying to commence at any other time should submit their application at least four months before their preferred intake date. Refer to the Scholarship Key Dates for further information.

Duration
4 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Study Mode
In person
International Tuition Fees
$34,500 per year / $138,000 total
Graduate Satisfaction
89.80%

Doctorate (PhD)

Perth
As a doctoral research degree candidate, you will uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas.
Duration
4 years full-time
Study Mode
In person, Online

Graduate Certificate

South Bank, Gold Coast
Postgraduate coursework in visual arts attracts a diverse blend of students, creating a milieu in which you can passionately follow your ideals and explore a sense of self.
Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts, applicants must:

  • hold a Bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognised University
  • OR, have a minimum of five years experience in the Visual Arts industry
Duration
0.5 year full-time, 1 year part-time
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$12,000 per year / $12,000 total
International Tuition Fees
$17,000 per year / $17,000 total
Graduate Satisfaction
89.80%

Graphic Design Courses overview

Graphic design is a discipline that communicates meaning via images. Students of graphic design learn how to send messages visually using a variety of different media.

The ways that graphic designers communicate their messages can be incredibly broad. Graphic designers might work with either physical or analogue media. Graphic designers can also create the typography or iconography that represents a brand, cause or concept.

Graphic design has seen a shift from posters, placards, and newsprint advertisements to moving images that will be seen on electronic devices. Increasingly, graphic designers will be called on to use digital media, which could be as diverse as animation to responsive graphics.

Some consider the history of graphic design to extend way back to the first images recorded on cave walls. After all, these were the first instances of an image being used to tell a story. Nowadays, graphic design is broadly understood as a person who creates art, images, ideas and text for websites, publications or advertisements.

Post-graduate study for graphic designers typically focuses on developing either theoretical coursework or more practical studio skills.

Is graphic design for me?

Graphic design is a great career choice for those who enjoy creating images across a range of media. Qualification in graphic design can offer a flexible career path with the option to work in many different industries.

Study pathway

Jobs or internships in graphic design could once be achieved with an impressive portfolio regardless of the level of qualification. Nowadays tertiary qualifications are seen as a minimum standard for employment.

Graphic designers should be fluent in many software platforms and mediums to be able to create quickly across many styles. Even before starting a degree in graphic design, those interested should start developing their artistic skills, concept creation, and ability to execute designs in many ways.

Graphic design degrees will help show prospective employers that you have knowledge across many media, that you have the ability to commit, and will differentiate you from the many other people out there applying for jobs.

Internships are a great way to get on-the-job experience. Graphic designers are also encouraged to keep their skills relevant and up-to-date. This could be done by enrolling in software or coding language fluency courses, or by completing postgraduate study.

Employment options

A graphic design degree allows you to represent brands and ideas across a diverse range of industries. While a killer portfolio can land you a job in graphic design, many agencies or employers seeking a graphic designer will prefer candidates with undergraduate or postgraduate diploma qualifications.

Any industry that uses advertising, online communication, visual imagery or has a website can hire a graphic designer. Common industries for graphic designers include:

Design services

You could work designing logos, layouts, interior concepts and more. Design services help all manner of businesses find the images that suit them.

Publishing

Graphic designers who work in publishing will work with layout and typography to create attractive books, magazines, newspapers and more.

Advertising

Graphic designers who work in advertising will use their visual skills to entice people to buy products or services. Many graphic designers working in advertising create things like banner ads online, but can also work in digital or print media.

Public relations

Graphic designers working in PR help companies put their best foot forward with visual engagements via everything from newsletters to web design.

Specialisations

Because graphic design is such a broad creative field, a lot of niche graphic design skills are sought after. These include the following:

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