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Graphic Design: Elevate

Pay-in-full online
from $2,520*(RRP $2,800)
From $53.85 per week

Upskill in Graphic Design and understand the concepts, mindset and tools needed to design slick visual assets and thrive in a creative field.

*Save on our Elevate courses when you pay in full!

We’re launching a subscription model for all Elevate courses.

Academy Xi students now have the option to subscribe to our entire range of Elevate courses across all our portfolios for a monthly fee. Use this as a way to gain a wider digital skillset and give yourself an advantage as you compete for roles in the ever-changing employment landscape.

Our graduates are now the driving force behind some of Australia’s most innovative brands

Why choose this course?

No prerequisites or previous experience required

Launch your Graphic Design journey today, no matter what level of experience you have! Our beginner-friendly approach will help get you up to speed in no time.

Flexible and self-paced

With 6 months access, the speed at which you tackle online course content is up to you. Study at your own pace and fit learning into your busy lifestyle.

Created for Upskillers

Our Elevate courses help you boost your career with sought-after Graphic Design skills. Unlock higher salaries and job growth potential.

What your curriculum looks like

Upskill in Graphic Design within 6 months. You’ll work through interactive online course content at your own pace, and have the support of an industry mentor when you need it.

  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Module 4
  • Module 5
  • Module 6
  • Module 7
  • Module 8
  • Module 9
  • Module 10
  • Module 11
  • Module 12

Module 1

Recommended: 5-7 hours per module

Intro to Graphic Design
Familiarise yourself with the background, core concepts, terminology, and applications of Graphic Design.

  • Introduction to Graphic Design (Gestalt Theory)
  • Digital skills building
  • Module 1 activities (major assessment 1)

Module 2

Recommended: 5-7 hours per module

Graphic Design core elements (Part 1)
Get introduced to Graphic Design elements that help organise and structure the visual content.

  • Introduction to colour
  • Colour theory
  • Module 2 activities (major assessment 1)

Module 3

Recommended: 5-7 hours per module

Graphic Design core elements (Part 2)
Further explore other Graphic Design elements and their impact on user psychology, design perception and creating a sharper, clearer outcome.

  • Hierarchy
  • Scale and proportion 
  • Space
  • Repetition
  • Module 3 activities (major assessment 1)

Module 4

Recommended: 5-7 hours per module

Graphic Design core elements (Part 3)
Learn composition rules to create a cohesive design.

  • Balance and symmetry
  • Rule of thirds
  • Golden ratio
  • Module 4 activities and major assessment 1 submission

Module 5

Recommended: 5-7 hours per module

Symbols and logos
Explore the history and role of symbols. Learn to use them as logos (branded symbols) to prompt a response in the audience’s mind.

  • Exploring symbols 
  • Branded symbols – logos
  • Designing logos 
  • Module 5 activities (major assessment 2)

Module 6

Recommended: 5-7 hours per module

Exploring typography
Learn the fundamental principles and vocabulary of typography.

  • Introduction to typography  
  • Font choices and styles 
  • Module 6 activities (major assessment 2)

Module 7

Recommended: 5-7 hours per module

Creating and contextualising meaning
Explore culture jamming in Graphic Design; design as parody, protest, advertising and propaganda. Review examples of contemporary design activism – ‘subvertising’, antilogos, and labelling.

  • Culture jamming in Graphic Design
  • Module 7 activities (major assessment 2)

Module 8

Recommended: 5-7 hours per module

Photomontage and collage
Learn how photomontage and collage is used in advertising, marketing, Graphic Design and in other areas of design. Discover how to create powerful designs using these mediums.

  • Photomontage and collage 
  • Module 8 activities and major assessment 2 submission

Module 9

Recommended: 5-7 hours per module

Intro to designing brand identity
Learn how to create a brand identity, including both the tangible and intangible visual elements of your brand. Learn how to frame this proposition and design for it.

  • Introduction to brands and branding
  • Brand identity
  • Mood boards
  • Module 9 activities (major assessment 3)

Module 10

Recommended: 5-7 hours per module

Brand style guides
Further define the visual language of your brand with a style guide.

  • Creating style guides
  • Module 10 activities (major assessment 3)

Module 11

Recommended: 5-7 hours per module

Brand collateral and brand look
Creating brand collateral, all the tangible elements of a brand – the collection of materials and media that create awareness and promote it, presenting a brand identity.

  • Designing brand collateral
  • Brand collateral and brand books
  • Module 11 activities (major assessment 3)

Module 12

Recommended: 5-7 hours per module

Brand book
Continue the work of modules 9-11 to design and submit your brand book. Designing a brand book and brand identity.

  • Module 12 activities and major assessment 3 submission


Need more details about our Graphic Design courses?

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Work 1:1 with an industry expert

All Elevate students have access to an industry mentor as they progress through their course. Your mentor is an expert in the field and can provide insider tips and guidance on-demand.

Why study Graphic Design at Academy Xi?

Fees & payment options

We offer a range of flexible payment options so you can achieve your goals today, and pay at your own pace.

No deposit

Study Now, Pay Later

Choose weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments over a repayment term of up to 6 months, with no deposit and 100% interest-free.

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From $55 /week

No deposit

Study Now, Pay Later

Choose weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments over a repayment term of up to 12 months, with no deposit and 100% interest-free

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From $55 /week


Pay upfront

Pay for your course upfront to receive a discount on the full amount, and be eligible for any additional special offers.

Total cost of course




Student success stories

Our students come from different walks of life and have supercharged their careers, landing coveted jobs in the Design, Tech, and Marketing fields.

From Marketing to Graphic Design

Christina Peng

Throughout her career, Christina took on as many graphic design tasks as possible, and even created digital art in her downtime. Find out how the Graphic Design: Elevate course has helped Christina develop the expert eye she needed to take her designs to the next level.

Christina Peng, Graphic Design Elevate

From Media Buyer to Experience Designer

Berlin Liew

Being introduced to UX design was a defining moment for Berlin; one that changed her career path and set her on a journey of self discovery. Berlin spoke with us about her experience studying UX Design and her ongoing passion for mentoring.

Berlin Liew, abc

From Architect to Service Designer

Tobias Robinson

Instead of staying in a job that failed to satisfy and bring him fulfillment, Tobias went out in search of a new field, industry, and career. He landed at Academy Xi and took both the part-time Service Design (SD) course and the full-time User Experience Design (UX) course.

Tobias Robinson, Westpac

Some frequently asked questions

Graphic Design is the process of crafting effective visual communications that resolve specific brand or user challenges, while also being aesthetically pleasing.

Combining business and creative objectives, it goes beyond just aesthetics and is about problem solving.

Becoming a professional Graphic Designer opens a career full of opportunities, rewards and personal fulfilment. It’s a passion job that allows you to solve problems you care about and shift perspectives through powerful visual communications.

If you want to upskill or land a job right away, studying Graphic Design online can quickly get you to where you want to be. At Academy Xi, we offer intensive online programs that equip you with the full spectrum of theoretical and practical skills required in a well-rounded Graphic Designer. Our Career Support Program has an excellent track record, with 97% of our graduates landing jobs in related fields.

Throughout this course, you’ll need to use Adobe Creative Cloud. Please refer to Adobe’s subscription price, which is not included in our course fees.

In this course you’ll experience flexible and self-paced learning, where students cover course content independently and browse material on our engaging learning platform. You’ll learn through a combination of:

  • Readings
  • Pre-recorded videos
  • 1:1 support sessions
  • Hands-on activities and practical project work
  • Q&A via chat and discussion boards

Our online courses come in three formats. No matter your learning preferences, work or life commitments, or support levels you require – we’ve got you covered.

To choose the right course format, pick your desired career outcomes:

  • Are you studying to transform your career? Our TRANSFORM courses will equip you with the latest industry skills and have you graduating job-ready, with an included Career Support Program.
  • Do you want to complement your existing skillset? Our ELEVATE courses will expand your expertise in a social and supported environment.
  • Do you just want to learn the fundamentals? Quench your curiosity, at your own pace with our FOUNDATIONS courses.

Have questions? We’re here to listen.

…and any other concerns!

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