• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
You have come to the right place. If you are creative and interested in design but concerned about your ATAR or English language skills, our Diploma of Design from University of Canberra is the answer. You will open a direct pathway to a Bachelor of Design, or any of the faculty’s suite of design degrees, from which you can focus on any design field you wish.
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Study our Diploma of Design at University of Canberra and you will:

  • learn creative thinking skills
  • develop an understanding of visual communication
  • become familiar with design technology
  • be introduced to 2D and 3D design
  • investigate and develop design projects
  • work in a design studio environment.
  • develop the knowledge and skills needed to enter the design industry.

Career opportunities

You may choose to enter the design industry directly as a team member or assistant designer in a range of fields, including:

  • architecture
  • landscape
  • interior
  • graphic design
  • industrial design
  • visual merchandising

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      Standard 1 year full-time or equivalent. Maximum 4 years.

  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Analysis Studio 
  • Visual Communication 
  • Built Environment Technology
  • Professional Orientation
  • Design Studio 
  • Design History, Culture and Society 
  • Pixels and Polygons 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Completion of year 12 or equivalent and evidence of some previous design studies or submission of a scanned design portfolio. Students onshore will be selected by an interview process.
CRICOS Code: 076136M

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26640 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26640 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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