Certificate Classroom Based

Build a strong foundation in the basics of graphic design with an introduction to the principles and practical elements of design.

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$1,645 (Easy-pay plan available)


Approximately 3 months

Study Option
Classroom Based
Course Location
We offer classes in both Melbourne and Sydney
AQF Level
Entry Requirements
18 years old or over
5 practical assignments
The Australian Academy of Graphic Design is recognised by the International Approval and Registrations Centre (IARC).

Created for enthusiasts, the course covers fundamental techniques to give you a good knowledge of graphic design. No minimum qualification is required.

Designed around 5 practical assignments, you will incrementally develop your techniques and an understanding of the industry through each assignment.

As a classroom-based student you will attend tutor-led classes taught by industry professionals. You will also have full access to the Online Learning Centre, which contains course material created by industry experts including instructional videos, written content and assignments.

Our tutors provide all the support, knowledge and in-depth feedback you need to progress through your course and are always contactable through the Online Learning Centre.

This course can be completed in approximately 3 months*.

*Completion time is based on the approximate time it has taken past students to complete the course. Students have up to 36 months to complete the course.

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The list below provides an overview of the topics covered in this course.

    • Introduction to Graphic Design

    Explore the history of graphic design and the elements and principles that make up the foundation of these forms of communication. Learn how to:

    • Apply elements and principles of graphic design to a defined piece of work
    • Evaluate the impact of elements and principles on your own graphic designs
    • Imagery in Graphic Design

    The four building blocks of graphic design are imagery, colour, typography, and layout. Explore how the first important element, imagery, is used effectively in design. Learn how to:

    • Explain how imagery is used in graphic design to create different effects
    • Create posters and storyboards for a commercial purpose using imagery
    • Colour in Graphic Design

    Explore the second important element of graphic design - the use of colour. Learn how to:

    • Create graphic designs that use colour theory effectively
    • Apply colour schemes to graphic designs that are appropriate for different audiences
    • Typography In Graphic Design

    Explore the third important element of graphic design - the use of typography. Learn how to:

    • Create graphic designs that use typography effectively
    • Apply typefaces to graphic designs that relay specific messages
    • Layout and Composition in Graphic Design

    Explore the fourth important element of graphic design - layout and composition. Learn how to:

    • Apply effective layout principles to graphic designs
    • Create signage and a brochure for a commercial purpose


Our tutor community includes hundreds of talented professionals with both local and international credentials. Here is a sample to illustrate the depth of creative experience that Academy students benefit from:

The Australian Academy of Graphic Design

The Australian Academy of Graphic Design is part of a network of creative design education brands that offers courses in Interior Design, Garden Design, Fashion Design, Photography and Digital Marketing. Our philosophy is to make high-quality education accessible to all by empowering people to do what they love. Through the power of online and blended learning, our students are able to harness their creativity and practically apply it to succeed in their chosen careers.

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