SAE Institute

Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design)

SAE Institute

Course details

CRICOS course code: 080169A

Level of study: Undergraduate


If you're drawn to the idea of a profession where your imagination is your only limitation, and 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, web and digital publishing and more.

At SAE you won’t find yourself in a lecture with 300 people or even in a traditional lecture at all. You’ll be in a studio environment with the latest Adobe Creative Suite. Your growth and development will be assessed through the completion of industry-based projects, not theoretical based essays. This will ultimately help you build up a body of work and portfolio to share with potential employers or first client.

In preparation for an industry that commands agility and adaptability, you’ll cut your creative teeth on projects initially in partnership with your course peers. As your skills develop and you work on more dynamic projects, you’ll apply your capabilities on cross-discipline projects. By the end of your course you could be collaborating with fellow students across SAE’s global network.

Ultimately, this is all about a qualification that will expand your career. There is work placement as part of your course, to provide practical experience and help build your network. We’ll also equip you with employability skills, giving you professional strategies in communication and self-promotion.

For those wanting to go the extra, and thousands of miles, you can complete up to two trimesters of your course at selected SAE campuses across the planet. Suddenly, real-world experience just went worldwide.

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.

Career Options

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

You Will Learn

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

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 35,104 Per Year Read more70,208 for the entire course
Start date: 14 September 2020
08 February 2021
Duration: 2 years (Minimum 6 Trimesters)
Study mode: Full time

Brisbane Campus

Cnr Jane Street and Riverside Drive
Brisbane Queensland 4101

Entry criteria

Academic requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed secondary studies (high school) and meet English language requirements as outlined below.

Minimum Age

International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

English Language Requirements

International students have to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:

Completion of Year 12 English at an Australian secondary school or college, or equivalent

IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall score. No band score less than 5.5; PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic: 54 overall score; TOEFL paper based test: 550 overall score; TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): 73 overall score.


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