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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 and have an introduction into how you can use Photoshop to create a piece of work for your folio. Students will be given a design brief and walked through the process of creating a piece of work.

- , Thu, 09 Aug - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

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

This course provides you with an introduction to the practice of graphic design and prepares you to enter a wide range of art and design courses at certificate, diploma and degree level.

Throughout the course, you will learn to follow the design process, produce and prepare images, and use DSLR photography and scanning techniques to create finished design pieces.

You will be introduced to a wide variety of drawing and media techniques and materials. You will create projects using the Adobe suite of products, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

You will enhance your design skills by exploring layout and typography, and applying colour in a variety of contexts.

Throughout the course you will develop visual literacy through the maintenance of a visual diary and create illustrations, both manually and digitally.

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.


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 and the opportunity to produce a folio of work that meets the requirements of entry to a wide variety of art and design courses.

You will be introduced to design principles and elements through implementation of the design process. The course covers drawing, two and three dimensional design, typography, graphic design, contemporary design studies, layout techniques, photography, 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 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.

At this level, you are likely to be working in a junior or generalist role. Your work may include or have links to areas such as advertising and promotion, art direction, branding, corporate identity, instructional design, packaging, signing and web design.

Throughout this course, you will be introduced to industry briefs, enter competitions, attend conferences, and have access to professionals from the graphic design industry. 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 develop a sound understanding of design theory and practice, and be able to use information from a range of sources to generate design solutions.

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. You may also take responsibility for the work of others, while establishing and monitoring systems for effective production of work.

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

Their work may include, or have links to, areas such as advertising and promotion, art direction, branding, corporate identity, instructional design, packaging, signage and web design.

In this course, you will be introduced to industry briefs, enter competitions, attend conferences, and have access to professionals from the graphic design industry.

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