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Study Graphic Design at Curtin

Graphic Design

Undergraduate Major


Graphic Design Major
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


Learn to communicate ideas visually across a range of media to persuade, inform and educate.

Gerry Luwandri

I have really enjoyed the high-quality curriculum, practical aspects, and feedback from the lecturers and tutors, which has helped to shape my design thinking and technical abilities. Once you master the design process, you’ll be able to repeatedly create and re-produce high-quality, stunning designs.

Highly ranked course

Curtin is the highest ranked University in WA in the field of Art and Design and is in the top 200 in the world.

(QS World Rankings 2018)

Top 20

Curtin is ranked in the top 20 young universities globally

(2019 QS top 50 under 50)

Professional recognition

Gain professional membership to AGDA; D&AD, International Society of Typographic Designers, and Perth Advertising and Design club.

Graphic designers visually communicate across a range of media to persuade, inform and educate audiences online, in print and within a wider environment.

In this major you’ll develop a deeper understanding of graphic design and its distinct specialist applications, including user experience design, design thinking, branding, data visualisation, editorial, information design, interaction design, way-finding, packaging design, service and experiential design.

You’ll learn how to solve complex communication problems through the exploration and application of design theory and practice, whilst developing skills across a range of industry applications.

The Graphic Design major responds to rapid changes in the design and commercial industries, as well as cultural and sociotechnical shifts in retail and media consumption behaviours.

Graphic Design is offered as part of the Bachelor of Design. You will be able to enhance your degree by selecting to study either two additional minors or one minor and four elective units to support your career goals.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Design degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Design. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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Why study

  • Curtin is the highest ranked University in WA in the field of Art and Design and is in the top 200 in the world.*
  • Innovation: There is a strong focus on contemporary design practices and principles.
  • Strong practical focus: Our facilities provide you with the necessary resources to produce finished design executions across a range of media.

*QS World Rankings 2018

How this course will make you industry ready

This course offers you a distinctive student experience that focuses on leadership, industry linkages and global citizenship. You will be taught by industry practitioners who will provide employability, design entrepreneurship and design leadership skills.

You will learn about social innovation and the role of design in society, with opportunities to study abroad and undertake work-integrated learning.

Our focus on design action (sustainability, community, human-centred) and design ethics ensures you graduate industry-ready with global perspectives.

Throughout the three-year program, you’ll learn through project-based activities and be able to work with students from other disciplines, mirroring a real industry environment.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates may convert student memberships of professional design organisations, such as Australian Graphic Design AssociationDesign Institute of Australia and Perth Advertising and Design Club, into full professional memberships following qualification and professional experience.

Career information


  • Art director
  • Graphic designer
  • Advertising executive
  • Creative director
  • Creative consultant
  • Production manager


  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Media and communications
  • Publishing

What you'll learn

  • apply discipline knowledge to critically review, analyse, consolidate and contribute to evidence-based practice in graphic design
  • demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in both a broad understanding and depth in graphic design
  • use and discern between a range of graphic design technologies and media platforms in the production of graphic design-based solutions
  • demonstrate effective visual, spoken, written and technical communication appropriate to the graphic design discipline and apply effective self-directed learning skills
  • demonstrate personal awareness of a graphic design specific practice and sustain an engagement with contemporary practices, technologies and the creative industries
  • develop a predictive overview of future trends that will influence graphic design and graphic design practices
  • recognise the importance of social, ethical and cultural diversity and consider local and international perspectives in graphic design activities, studio practice and production
  • demonstrate how intercultural awareness and understanding impacts on personal and professional skills and on the ability to lead
  • work independently and collaboratively on graphic design projects and respond to project demands

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

For additional queries and information, please email

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Design degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information. View courses information disclaimer.

  • Curtin course code: MJRU-GRPDS
  • Last updated on: December 3, 2020