Diploma of Design

Get creative. The Design Diploma leads into innovative Bachelor of Design majors, including 3D Animation, Digital Tech and Visual Comms.

Key Information

Duration

8 or 12 months

Intake Dates

March, June, October

Campus Location

Melbourne Burwood

Onlineǂ

2024 Fees

A$24,442 (A$3,056 per unit)

Domestic International

2024 Fees

A$32,451 (A$4,057 per unit)

CRICOS Course Code: 097895J

ǂ Domestic students can study this diploma online. International students cannot study this diploma online.

Course overview

Get all the tools for a creative career in design. The Diploma of Design builds the foundation for further study in visual communication, animation and digital technologies. In your diploma course, you’ll learn the strategies and design-thinking methodologies required to become an adaptable, multidisciplinary designer.

Employment and career options upon completing your Bachelor degree:

  • Advertising
  • Graphic design studios
  • Print houses
  • Publishers
  • Corporate companies who host in-house design services
  • Government and private practices
  • Motion design
  • Animation
  • Film and television
  • Web design
  • Motion capture performance
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • UX design
  • Digital design and immersive design

Pathways to Deakin University

On completion of this Diploma you can pathway into the following degree at Deakin University:

Bachelor of Design

Majors: Communication Design, Interactive and UX Design

Course and unit outline

For further details about Diploma of Design units, unit availability and trimester structures, please download the course and unit outline.

Course structure

Required units

Students are required to complete and pass 8 units (1 credit point each) and 1 compulsory module (zero credit points). From Trimester 2, 2024, international students are required to take an additional compulsory module (0 credit points).

You should choose your units based on the major you plan to take at Deakin University.

This unit is designed to help you make the most of your time at Deakin. It aims to empower you to make informed decisions about course pathways and career strategies that can support your personal values and professional aspirations, build your industry contacts and peer networks, and help you achieve the impact you want to make in the world – no matter where you currently are in your career journey. You will discover approaches that can help you set your goals for the future and identify the skills you will need to get there. In the process, you will learn how internships and other forms of experiential learning and community engagement can allow you to apply the concepts and principles from your studies to your professional and creative practice, helping to develop your discipline-specific expertise and employability skills as well as your sense of purpose and professional identity. You will also be introduced to digital tools that can help you evidence your personal and professional competencies and craft a compelling narrative about the contributions you want to make to the communities in which you live and work.

This unit will investigate ‘design thinking’ as a strategic methodology and problem solving process. Taking a multi-discipline, interdisciplinary approach, students will be required to use ‘design thinking’ as a problem solving process. ‘Design thinking’ methods will require students to adopt a human-centred approach to innovation that draws on their skills to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements of business and society as a whole. Students will work individually and in workshop teams, the final assessments will be a combination of research and practice outcomes. Students will use ‘Design thinking’ methods to address a ‘wicked problem’.

This unit introduces students to the digital tools necessary for visual communication design through a combination of practical skills and theory exploring the design elements and principles. Students will be introduced to the Adobe imaging suite. Consideration will be given to the theoretical concepts and implications of digital technology as they relate to art and design processes. Techniques include digital mark making, graphic illustration, design elements and principles, creative thinking and layout explored through practical projects

Typography is an essential component to communication and this unit explores the theory and application of forms and structures of typography including the anatomy and applications of type and font families across print, digital and web applications. This unit will address and engage with the impact and implications of selecting and applying typography to a variety of design scenarios in historical and a multifaceted contemporary setting. This unit introduces and reinforces industry standard typography practices for both print and screen based environments. Student creative thinking ideation and project strategies for design briefs are developed to enable the advancement of information technology skills, design thinking and design construction methods. This unit engages self-directed learning in conjunction with a focus on attention to discipline specific scholarly research, conceptual analysis, and global industry practice.

Learn the fundamental principles and practices of interaction design. This includes how to develop and design an industry-based design concept for a diverse range of audience interactions.  In this unit students are introduced to the fundamental components of interaction design through a series of critical practical design tasks.

In this unit, we will explore the fundamental design practices, and techniques of user experience design. Emergent technologies have a profound impact on practices of reading and consuming all digital media and this unit will introduce UX for software, and digital applications to leverage emergent technologies, consumer electronics and/or mobile devices. This will be negotiated through usability study testing, communication design, content strategy, research, and practical exercises. This unit is geared towards developing the cornerstones of production for design strategies and processes that capitalise on new developments for students who desire an understanding of UX. This includes digital project management practices, usability, collaborative tools content strategy, wire framing, prototyping, visual design comps, and working with the Adobe CC.

This unit explores digital video camera operation and handling manual and automatic control of exposure and focus. The unit also focuses on shot framing and composition, camera movement, preparing to shoot. It includes topics on shooting techniques, visual language, cinematography and style the role of the cinematographer. It introduces students to concepts of recording and working with audio in digital videobasic editing techniques.

The unit will introduce key aspects of the history and development of film, its language, style and genres, through a survey of seminal works and influential movements and genres. This includes: Early Cinema, German Expressionism, Surrealism, Film Noir, Experimental film, French New Wave, Hong Kong Cinema, American and Italian Westerns, and Horror cinema.

This unit is an introduction to the practice and theory of multimedia journalism. It sets the social, professional and legal context for journalism practice, and introduces students to the convention of news writing and reporting stories. Students will also focus on combining text with photos and audio clips to produce news stories; critically examining their own production processes, and learn to report multimedia news stories to a deadline.

This unit in the practice and theory of multimedia journalism focuses on news reporting processes. It outlines professional, social and legal factors that impact on reporting of local, regional an national news. The unit introduces students to key news beats, including reporting stories about politics, business, sport and local newsworthy events and issues. Students will build contacts in their preferred news beat/s and engage with social media tools to report and produce their news stories. They will also gain skills in reporting a news story (to a deadline) for broadcast and online media platforms.

The unit provides an introduction to the field of public relations. Students learn about what public relations people do, and how they do it. Topics include planning, media relations, employee relations, community relations, international public relations, ethics and public relations law.

This unit sits at the nexus of theory and practice to help you understand the role of strategic communication in organisational contexts. Put simply, strategic communication refers to the ability to develop and disseminate messages that achieve specific and measurable objectives. Whether that objective is to inform, change opinion or adapt behaviour, successful strategic communication revolves around people.

This unit will introduce students to the theory and practice of contemporary advertising by exploring the industry’s history and rapidly changing nature in the digital era. The social, ethical and regulatory contexts of advertising are established to encourage students to become reflective future producers or consumers of advertising messages. The strategic imperatives of advertising and notions of effectiveness are examined to build students’ abilities to solve communication problems that are commonly faced by private, public and non-for-profit sector clients.

Students will explore the nexus of creativity and strategy that is fundamental to successful brand communication. They will examine the nature of creativity in the communication industry and practitioner approaches to the creative process. The advertising messages produced by international brands will be analysed to help students prepare for global mobility as future practitioners. Students will be introduced to the key creative roles within communication companies and build the research, planning and ideation skills required of contemporary practitioners.

This unit enables students to explore and experience present day digital media culture in critical and creative ways. The unit is built on multi-platformed content, delivery and assessment, providing a user-friendly engagement with social media that facilitates practical, hands-on work in micro-blogging, blogging and podcasting. Creating and sharing different forms of media content, students learn how to communicate across different online platforms as part of a highly interactive community. Highlighting the benefits of media-making for personal and professional use, the unit allows students to develop their portfolios and discover how to use social media to strategically build a dynamic online identity.

This unit enables students to critically and creatively engage with present day digital media culture, with a particular emphasis on making videos. Highlighting the crucial importance of creating audio-visual content for different purposes and audiences, the unit guides students through various video-making practices and strategies. Emphasising the benefits of making videos in a wide range of industry settings, the unit allows students to develop their portfolios and learn how to use video to strategically build a dynamic online identity.

Discover the complex, competing and intersecting linkages between the different communications disciplines. Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: Communication in Everyday Life explores the power of media in shaping publics and public interests, and the opportunities and challenges created in the network society. You will explore the rise of mass society and consumption, the convergence of media, the ongoing fragmentation of audiences and the changing political economy of the communications industries. Along the way, you will investigate and the analyse core concepts, themes, theories and methods that will enable you to navigate the communication disciplines.

This unit introduces ideas and processes associated with digital photography.The construction and manipulation of photographic images is creatively and critically explored through a variety of conceptual frameworks. Workflow techniques include the fundamentals of using Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras, colour management, RAW image processing, scanning, photo compositing in Photoshop, and the production of exhibition quality prints. Assignments and lectures provide students with an overview the medium’s history and contemporary issues.

In this unit students explore the making of animation through a range of techniques, methods and approaches for a variety of animation practices. Students will study established principles of 2D animation (Timing, Squash and Stretch, Staging, etc.) and story-telling, learn under-camera techniques (time-lapse and stop-motion), and develop basic project management skills to take an idea from storyboard to animated short film. The unit allows students to focus on specific interests, such as experimental non-narrative, or character and story-based animation.

Students will explore aspects of animation design through the creation of virtual objects and animated environments in this introductory 3D computer animation unit. Consideration will be given to how these elements can express a meaningful visual experience as students consider form, visual identity, aesthetics, and layout. Students gain a solid understanding of 3D techniques in modelling, texturing, animation, lighting, composition and rendering.

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of scriptwriting with a focus on story-telling strategies for a global context. Scriptwriting elements covered include structure, plot, turning points, character, dialogue, scenes, setting, and subtext. Students will learn how these elements may be used to maximum creative advantage within divergent scriptwriting forms. Screen, stage, sound, gaming, and hybrid performance environments make different demands on the writer’s craft. Consequently, the unit encourages writers to embrace a flexible definition of scripts and of their relationship to broader mechanisms of production and performance. The notion of writing constraints as a way to unlock creativity is an important thread within the unit. The unit’s focus on global story-telling strategies reflects the increasing significance of international co-productions and cross-cultural audiences to the careers of twenty-first century scriptwriters. Intensive workshopping ensures the acquisition of the collaborative and audience awareness skills essential to allow students to undertake the scriptwriting roles of the future.

This module's learning and assessment activities provide students with guidance on what constitutes academic integrity. It will allow students to develop knowledge, skills and good practice principles to avoid plagiarism and collusion and thereby maintain academic integrity.

This module is designed to provide international students with opportunities to review, develop and practice the English language systems and skills required to successfully participate in an undergraduate degree program.

Your course timetable

On-campus

On-campus classes run between 9am and 5pm on weekdays. Most units run as 2 x 2-hour classes each week. You can also expect between 4-6 hours of private study per unit, per week.

The Academic Integrity Module is run online and can be completed in 1-2 hours.

The Language Development Module (international students only) is run on campus as a 1 x 2-hour class each week in your first trimester only.

View a mock timetable

Online

Online study is only available to domestic students​. Recorded content, classroom notes, readings, activities and assessments are available online​, to be accessed at any time. An optional one hour live online session is held each week for every unit, and you are strongly encouraged to attend.

Transferring to Deakin University

Australian and international students

Weighted average mark (WAM) required for transfer, by campus:

 Trimester IntakeMelbourne BurwoodGeelong Waurn PondsOnlineMaximum Credits

A319 Bachelor of Design (B, WP, O)

Major sequences:
Communication Design (B, WP, O),
Interactive and UX Design (B, WP, O)

T1
T2
5050508
  • Online (O) option is not available to international students
  • T1 (Trimester 1 entry); T2 (Trimester 2 entry); T3 (Trimester 3 entry)
  • Your undergraduate course at Deakin University may require you to enrol into specific units and/or unit sets in order to meet the course, and/or major/minor sequence requirements. See Diploma to Degree transfer criteria (Domestic students / International students).

Learn more about this Diploma

Find out more about what you can expect from the Diploma of Design course, directly from our staff and students.

Entry Requirements

Australian Entry Requirements

The following is required for Australian students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 (VCE or equivalent)
  • VCE VM completion
  • Completion of Cert IV and above
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Work experience - Mature Age only

Bahrain Entry Requirements

The following is required for Bahrain students:

  • General Secondary Education Certificate plus 1 year UG study  with overall 60%

Bangladesh Entry Requirements

The following is required for Bangladesh students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary Certificate with GPA of 3.5
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Bhutan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Bhutan students:

  • BHSE Year 12 - 60%

Brazil Entry Requirements

The following is required for Brazil students:

  • Satisfactory pass in Certificado de Ensino Medio with an average of 7.0 in 4 subjects

Brunei Entry Requirements

The following is required for Brunei students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Canada Entry Requirements

The following is required for Canada students:

  • Completion of Ontario Secondary School Diploma (CPU) or any of the Regional (Provincial) High School Diploma with an overall score of 50%.

Cambodia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Cambodian students:

  • Diploma of Upper Secondary Education with a C grade average
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

China Entry Requirements

The following is required for Chinese students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 (Gao San) with 60%
  • Vocational Academic Program - 60%;
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Colombia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Colombia students:

  • Successful Completion of Bachiller Académico with a minimum overall average score of 70%

Fiji Entry Requirements

The following is required for Fijian students:

  • Successful completion of Form 7 with a B in English and Maths and a pass in all other units, with an overall score of 240

France Entry Requirements

The following is required for French students:

  • Baccalaureate with an average of 10

Ghana Entry Requirements

The following is required for Ghana students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Hong Kong Entry Requirements

The following is required for Hong Kong students:

  • Completion of HKDSE with a minimum total score of 8 points over the best 4 subjects from Category A and C (Excluding Physical Education)

India Entry Requirements

The following is required for Indian students:

  • Completion of Year 12 with a minimum 60%

Indonesia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Indonesien students:

  • SMA III with an average grade of 6.5 in 4 academic units
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Iran Entry Requirements

The following is required for Iran students:

  • Successful Completion of National High School Diploma (Theoretical steam ) studied for minimum 3 years with an overall grade of 14 or above out of 20.

Japan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Japanese students:

  • Successful completion of Upper Secondary School Certificate of Graduation (Kotogakko) Year 3 with GPA 2.5

Kenya Entry Requirements

The following is required for Kenya students:

  • Completion of KCSE with a C grade average
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Korea Entry Requirements

The following is required for Korean students:

  • Senior High School Certificate Year 3 (Year 12) with an average rank of 6 in 4 academic subjects
  • CSAT (College Scholastic Ability Test) with a minimum overall grade of 280 in the best 4 subjects from Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies
  • CSAT (College Scholastic Ability Test) Stanine of 6 in the best 3 subjectsGEE (Korea High School Graduation Equivalency Examination Certificate) with a minimum overall average score of 80
  • Note: CSAT results must be accompanied by evidence of successful completion of Senior Secondary Studies.

Kuwait Entry Requirements

The following is required for Kuwait students:

  • Completion of Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) with a 70% average in final results.

Laos Entry Requirements

The following is required for Laos students:

  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Lebanon Entry Requirements

The following is required for Lebanese students:

  • General Secondary Certificate (Lebanese Baccalaureate) - Baccalauréat Libanais with a minimum score of 12 (out of 20).

Macau Entry Requirements

The following is required for Macau students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 with a B or 75% average in 4 academic units

Malawi Entry Requirements

The following is required for Malawi students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Mexico Entry Requirements

The following is required for Mexico students:

  • Completion of Mexican Upper Secondary School Program (Bachillerato or Preparatria program) with a minimum 7.0 GPA

Malaysia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Malaysian students:

  • 2 passes (minimum E grade) in STPM
  • Malaysia Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate with a pass in 4 academic subjects
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Myanmar Entry Requirements

The following is required for Mongolia students:

  • Successful completion of Gerchilgee (Certificate of Senior Secondary Education) with an overall average score of 70%

Myanmar Entry Requirements

The following is required for Myanmar students:

  • Completion of Basic Education High School Exam with grade of 50% in final year results
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Nepal Entry Requirements

The following is required for Nepalese students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Year 12) with a GPA of 2.4

New Zealand Entry Requirements

The following is required for New Zealand students:

  • Completion of National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 with a minimum of 42 credits in 3 approved subjects at Level 3

Nigerian Entry Requirements

The following is required for Nigerian students:

  • Senior Secondary School Certificate (WAEC or NECO) with 5 grades at C6 level
  • IB Diploma score of minimum 22
  • Successful completion of GCE A-levels: passes in minimum 2 subjects

Oman Entry Requirements

The following is required for Oman students:

  • Additional year of study following General Secondary Education Certificate or Year 12 American program

Pakistan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Pakistan students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary School Certificate with a grade average of 55%
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Papua New Guinea

The following is required for Papua New Guinea students:

  • Higher School Certificate with a grade average of 70%

Philippines Entry Requirements

The following is required for Philippines students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 with an 80% average
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Saudi Arabia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Saudi Arabia students:

  • Additional year of study following General Secondary Education Certificate or Year 12 American program

Singapore Entry Requirements

The following is required for Singapore students:

  • 2 H2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

South Africa Entry Requirements

The following is required for South African students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12

Sri Lanka Entry Requirements

The following is required for Sri Lankan students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels or equivalent

Sweden Entry Requirements

The following is required for Sweden students:

  • Avgangsbetyg / Slutbetyg (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with a score of 10 points.

Taiwan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Taiwan students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 with a B or 60% average in 4 academic units

Tanzania Entry Requirements

The following is required for Tanzania students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Thailand Entry Requirements

The following is required for Thailand students:

  • Successful completion of Matayom 6 with a GPA of 2.0
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Turkey Entry Requirements

The following is required for Turkey students:

  • Successful completion of Lise Diplomasi with GPA of 3.0

UAE Entry Requirements

The following is required for UAE students:

  • Successful completion of Secondary Education Certificate (Year 12) with a minimum overall average score of 80% or higher.

Uganda Entry Requirements

The following is required for Uganda students:

  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with passes in at least 2 principal studies plus Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with passes in 6 studies
  • Successful completion of GCE A-levels: passes in minimum 2 subjects

UK Entry Requirements

The following is required for UK students:

  • GCE A Levels with a pass in 2 subjects
  • GCE AS levels with a pass in 4 subjects

USA Entry Requirements

The following is required for USA students:

  • Successful completion of American High School Diploma with a minimum score of 2.0; or
  • Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent PLUS with a SAT score of 1000; or
  • Successful completion of GED (High School Equivalency) with a minimum overall score of 580, and no content area module below 145.

Vietnam Entry Requirements

The following is required for Vietnam students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 with a 6.0 GPA
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Zambia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Zambia students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Zimbabwe Entry Requirements

The following is required for Zimbabwe students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

English Language Entry Requirements

International students must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency before being admitted to this course.

Transfer guidelines

View the transfer requirements for the Diploma of Design below. 

Domestic Students

International Students