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Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design)

Overview

The path to your dream job is laid out right here.

If you're drawn to the idea of a profession where your imagination is your only limitation, then chances are graphic design will be your type of career.

Our bachelor doesn't just scratch the surface of visual aesthetic, but delves deep into the craft, providing you with a detailed understanding and hands-on experience across typography, pre-press, design for print, logo creation, digital application and more.

Over a two-year course, you'll study the concepts and methodologies of drawing through a variety of media, with an emphasis on anatomical studies and perspective for environment and character creation. You'll be given access to a world-class learning environment, featuring the latest Adobe Creative Suite, collaborating with other students and expert teachers, while delivering real-world projects. All of this is to ensure one very important thing – that you finish as a graphic designer, and not a graphic desig-nah.


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Graduate Roles may include

  • Graphic Designer
  • Content Manager
  • Web designer
  • Search Engine Optimiser
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Pre press operator
  • Creative Director
  • Finished artist
  • Art Director
 

 

 

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Notes:

  • Specialisation intakes may vary. Contact your campus for more information.
  • Brisbane
  • Byron Bay
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth

Course

Your learning experience

  • Start design studio work in trimester 1.
  • Work with a range of talented students and staff, build professional networks, and collaborate on real-world projects.
  • Experience a course designed in collaboration with industry partners, develop the skills the creative industries want.
  • Develop advanced skills in industry-standard software packages, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and Acrobat.
  • Build high-level visual thinking and design knowledge – learn the skills the creative industries demand.
  • Learn how to produce advanced designs for web, digital publishing and print.
  • Learn marketing skills relevant to the current industry such as search engine optimisation and development of social media campaigns.
  • Become part of an exceptional creative, multi-disciplinary team: be encouraged to take creative risks, work collaboratively, and develop artistic independence.

Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design)

The Graphic Design degree program is broken up into discrete stages, each designed to promote different skills.

Stages of Design Degree

Stage I – Foundational Skills Development
In Stage I, students will undertake a number of foundational design units which will give students the essential technical skills and knowledge not only relevant to the chosen discipline area, but also give students the skills required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals in later stages of the Design course.

  • Fundamentals of drawing
  • Principles of design
  • Design and layout
  • Interaction design
  • Web design
  • Project Management and Professional Etiquette
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Contemporary industry overview

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Stage II – Interdisciplinary Projects, Media and Cultural Studies
In Stage II we show students how their Graphic Design work contributes to and interacts with broader culture and media practice. This knowledge will enable students to work with a variety of other disciplines and artists and expand their potential on the global stage.

Students will complete a number of real-world projects with students not only in their own discipline, but also in all other SAE disciplines.

In the Graphic Design specialisation, students will hone the skills learnt in Stage I. Students will further explore typography, design for print and media and pre-press to create professional projects relevant to their industry and further develop strong project techniques. Students will discover additional facets of the design industry including photography and working with other professional tools to develop a full sense of the design industry in its entirety.

Stage III
Stage III is the final part. Here students will undertake an interdisciplinary project of their choice to be the final and most ambitious portfolio project that they will undertake.

Students will also finalise their studies by undertaking an elective module and completing a compulsory internship.


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Careers

Career Options

  • Graphic designer
  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • Motion graphics designer
  • Creative director
  • Art director
  • Content manager
  • Search engine optimiser
  • Pre press operator
  • Finished artist

Employers

SAE design graduates have been involved with well-known companies in advertising, marketing and retail, including:

  • The Printing Place
  • Harvey Norman
  • Berryme Frozen Yogurt
  • World Wide Printing

Modules

Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design)
VIEW MODULE DESCRIPTIONS
Trimester 1 (1st Year)
Critical Thinking in Creative MediaPrinciples of DesignFundamentals of DrawingDesign & Layout
Trimester 2
Overview of IndustryWeb DesignTypographyProduction 1
Trimester 3
Media StudiesDesign Studio 1 (Graphic Design)
Trimester 4 (2nd Year)
Cultural PerspectivesDesign Studio 2 (Graphic Design)
Trimester 5
Major Project DevelopmentDesign Studio 3 (Graphic Design)
Trimester 6
Work PlacementElectiveMajor Project Production
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Elective Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit

Note: 
Elective unit is selected from any other bachelor course, trimester 1 or 2 units.
Studios are professionally oriented production units modelled on real-world work environments. 


Exit point options:

Option to complete your studies with an Associate Degree of Design after 160 credit points/first prescribed 16 units. The associate degree provides graduates with the basic core skills for entry into the industry, or to cross-skill into a related creative industry. Graduates will have broad technical knowledge and skills at a paraprofessional level.

You will learn

  • Practical design skills
  • Visual thinking
  • Design for web
  • Digital publishing
  • Design for print
  • Social media campaigns
  • Creative advertising
  • Industry knowledge
Trimester 1
Critical Thinking in Creative Media
Principles of Design
Fundamentals of Drawing
Design & Layout
Trimester 2
Overview of Industry
Web Design
Typography
Production 1
Trimester 3
Media Studies
Design Studio 1 (Graphic Design)
Trimester 4
Cultural Perspectives
Design Studio 2 (Graphic Design)
Trimester 5
Major Project Development
Design Studio 3 (Graphic Design)
Trimester 6
Work Placement
Elective
Major Project Production
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Elective Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit

Note: 
Elective unit is selected from any other bachelor course, trimester 1 or 2 units.
Studios are professionally oriented production units modelled on real-world work environments. 


Exit point options:

Option to complete your studies with an Associate Degree of Design after 160 credit points/first prescribed 16 units. The associate degree provides graduates with the basic core skills for entry into the industry, or to cross-skill into a related creative industry. Graduates will have broad technical knowledge and skills at a paraprofessional level.

You will learn

  • Practical design skills
  • Visual thinking
  • Design for web
  • Digital publishing
  • Design for print
  • Social media campaigns
  • Creative advertising
  • Industry knowledge

Key Info

  • DURATION(S):

    6 Trimesters

  • INTAKES:

    Sep 2017

    Feb 2018

  • NEXT INTAKE:

    Enrol By: 18 Sep 2017

    Start Date: 18 Sep 2017

    End Date: N/A

  • COURSE TYPE:

    Bachelor

Entry requirements

Applicants for degree courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent, OR
  2. Completion of a diploma level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), OR
  3. Alternative entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above. For alternative entry options, contact your campus directly for more information.

Fees and Payments

Fees: view our current Fee Schedule for information on SAE course fees.

Payment options: Fee-Help, or upfront trimester instalments.

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