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Graphic Design: Elevate

Our self-paced Graphic Design online course will equip you with the concepts, mindset and practical experience needed to design slick visual assets and thrive in a creative field.

Course overview

What you’ll learn in this course

You’ll have 6 months access to all course materials, enabling you to study at your own pace and fit your development around your busy lifestyle.

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)

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)

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)

Learn composition rules to create a cohesive design.

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

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)

Learn the fundamental principles and vocabulary of typography.

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

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)

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

Why study Graphic Design at Academy Xi?

Fees & payment options

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

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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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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

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.
Read Christina Peng’s story
Berlin Liew

From Media Buyer to Experience Designer

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.
Read Berlin Liew’s story

From Architect to Service Designer

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.
Read Tobias Robinson’s story

Frequently asked questions on Graphic Design

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 our ‘flipped classroom’ style of learning, where students cover course content independently before coming together to discuss concepts, ask questions and collaborate with mentor support. You’ll learn through a combination of:

  • Readings
  • Pre-recorded videos
  • Regular live sessions with your mentor and peers
  • 1:1 sessions with your mentor
  • 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.

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