Undergraduate major

Graphic Design

Learn how to create visual content to communicate messages and kick-start your career in graphic design.

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Murdoch code

MJ-GPH

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Full Time or Part Time

Selection rank

70

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Overview

Graphic design is everywhere, from your favourite apps to your favourite breakfast cereal. In this course, you’ll learn design strategy and practical skills for a range of print and digital media contexts, to help you build a career you love in this dynamic and rapidly changing global industry.

This course has a large focus on industry. You’ll learn to master industry-specific software, critical design thinking, visual problem solving and authentic production techniques through a range of industry projects. You’ll work on real client projects to build a portfolio of digital, print and communication designs, which you can use to show your work to your future employers.

You will also build career skills, such as working to a creative brief, developing a professional approach to client liaison and managing graphic design projects.

10 reasons to study Graphic Design at Murdoch

  • Work with real organisations on real projects, and complete internships through our work integrated learning program. Some of our students have worked on Media on Mars and the graphics for Parklife festival.
  • Get more real-world experience in our on-campus student creative consultancy MESH and work on real projects with real companies such as Water Corp, BMX Sports WA and the Cockburn Cougars.
  • Be taught by industry professionals in graphic design, including art directors from leading Perth companies. Some of our academics have completed work for Bear Grylls and Heston Blumenthal.
  • Build a portfolio of creative works throughout your degree, which you can use to showcase your creative potential to future employers. This will include work from real clients work across print, digital and communication design.
  • At Murdoch, you’ll develop an entrepreneurial attitude, client consultation skills, critical thinking and the ability to adapt - so you can action your ideas.
  • Travel abroad to take part in special programs that allows you to take on internships in the media or creative industry. Some of our students have interned with global companies Nike and Red Bull. You could travel and study in Singapore where you will create branding solutions for The Salvation Army Singapore; or travel to Germany and study at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, one of the best design schools in the country.
  • Study two majors in 3 years and graduate with 2 specialisations, further enhancing your career prospects.
  • Have the option to continue onto a fourth year in the Graduate Diploma in Design Thinking and Service Innovation – a new and high demand skill set for the graphic design industry.
  • Strong future growth is expected for graphic and web designers and illustrators*.
    Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020
  • Study and have access to our facilities which include computer labs and studio spaces decked out with all the latest design software and hardware like 3D printers to help you bring your print and digital designs to life.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • publication design
  • identity and branding
  • web and app design
  • interaction design
  • information and service design.

Your future career

When you graduate, you’ll have the skills and knowledge suitable for a career in graphic design, including: publication and prepress design, branding and identity design, information design, signage design, digital design, service design, web design and/or development, mobile app design, interaction design, interface design and digital content development.

Careers could include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Service Designer
  • Digital/Web Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Publication and Prepress Designer.

You could work in various local and international advertising agencies, as an in-house graphic designer, a freelancer and more.

Professional recognition

As a graduate, you will be eligible to apply for Associate Status with the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated 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.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar 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.

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

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