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Faculty of Arts and Design

Graphic Design

Recognising your creativity
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Portfolio Entry
Learn progressive technologies
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learn progressive technologies
Develop commercial design strategy
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develop commercial design strategy
Visualise complex information
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visualise complex information
Hands-on production experience
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hands-on production experience
Design with empathy
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design with empathy
Produce innovative identity systems
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produce innovative identity systems

Progressive Design Education

The Bachelor of Graphic Design at the University of Canberra provides one of the most current and progressive graphic design courses in the country. Throughout the three-year degree, students are tasked with performing activities and assessments, which mirror authentic design processes and address relevant problems in contemporary society. The course provides students with an exciting range of industry specific projects that equip them with an understanding of design practice from a local and global perspective.

You Will Learn

graphic design interfaces

Students master the production tools and practices necessary to create high-level design as well as critical thinking, problem solving and research techniques. The course covers a broad range of graphic design skills and industry-standard software such as InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and web design technologies.

Projects address a wide variety of contexts and media including print, packaging, video, environmental, web and interface for desktop and mobile devices. Students also have the opportunity to pursue specialisations such as web design, motion graphics, photography, advertising, marketing, and filmmaking.

Portfolio Entry

Students are able to apply for admission into this degree by way of portfolios and brief interviews with our friendly team of academics. For application details and procedures, please check the Arts and Design Portfolio Entry page.

Find out more about compiling a portfolio by watching this short video presentation with Erin Hinton, Lecturer in Design & Architecture.

Our Program

Students of Graphic Design participate in a rich and varied program of practical study, including offsite workshops and excursions. The program involves various forms of industry engagement including work placement, industry briefs, and consultancy projects.

graphic design students on a study tour

Students have the opportunity to study overseas for a semester through the University of Canberra Student Exchange Program and receive full credit towards their degree. In addition to exchange, students may travel overseas as part of a study tour.

Career Options

The career possibilities for graduates are diverse, however, commonly students attain a career in the thriving Australian graphic design industry. In the final year of study, representatives from the federal government, local studios and inter-state industry representatives provide students with insight into different career pathways.

Possible roles for graphic design graduates can range from:

  • Advertising account executive
  • Commercial artist
  • Corporate identity manager
  • Information design and printing
  • Interior designer
  • Website designer
  • Multimedia designer
  • Media and packing developer

The expertise, thinking and research skills gained in the Bachelor of Graphic Design at the University of Canberra may be applied in many varied career opportunities and are portable across a range of industries and careers around the world.

Select from our staff below for their biographies, qualifications, publications, grants and awards.

Academic Staff