Job Guide: Graphic Designer

Taken from – The Good Universities Guide – How to become a Graphic Designer – Click here to see the original article.

Graphic designers produce visual communications, including art and layouts of text for reproduction in print and electronic media such as magazines, newspapers, books and websites, as well as image designs for corporate identity programmes, exhibitions and advertising. Graphic designers may specialise in a number of fields, including brand and identity strategy; digital and web-based design; television, film and computer graphics; set and exhibition design; corporate design; book and magazine design; and advertising and illustration. They may progress to positions such as design directors, art directors or creative directors.


Personal requirements of a Graphic Designer

  • Creative and imaginative
  • Understanding of colour and form
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Good communication skills
  • Good marketing abilities
  • Able to work as part of a team

Education & Training for a Graphic Designer

To become a graphic designer you usually have to complete a VET qualification. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in graphic design or a related area such as digital media or visual communication design. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and a visual arts or design subject are normally required. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

The Job

Find a degree in Victoria


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design

Deakin University

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts – Visual Arts
  • Bachelor of Design – Visual Communication
  • Bachelor of Design – 3D Animation

Federation University

  • Bachelor of Visual Arts – Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Communication Design

Monash University

  • Bachelor of Design – Communication Design
  • Bachelor of Design – Collaborative Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Art – Visual Arts

RMIT University

  • Bachelor of Design – Communication Design
  • Bachelor of Design – Games
  • Bachelor of Design – Digital Media

The University of Melbourne

  • Bachelor of Design

Swinburne University of Technology

  • Bachelor of Design
  • Bachelor of Design – Media and Communication

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