Course Description

Communication Design applies to the shaping of communication across all aspects of contemporary society, from commercial, entertainment, and education, to environmental, cultural and civic sectors.

This program prepares you to be a locally and internationally aware communication designer capable of working across a range of domains and industries, including graphic design, advertising, branding and illustration consultancies, as well as design and communication units within corporate, government and non-government organisations.

Studying design in the Melbourne CBD gives you close access to galleries, studios and strong industry connections to enable you to release your creativity. This program employs staff with established industry networks and active business and creative partnerships, helping you gain the skills you need to be an industry-ready graduate.

As this is the design program of choice in Victoria, you’ll learn skills alongside a strong selection of eager and talented peers in excellent studio-based facilities. Throughout the degree you will develop skills in negotiating a consensus among participants with a range of interests in the design outcome. You will also learn how a visual strategy can contribute to all phases of the problem-solving process in any business.

RMIT’s dedication to design is proven by its many program offerings ranging from vocational education (VE) to PhD. This degree prepares you, as a designer, to interact with highly creative people from various backgrounds.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 per year full-time, $19,698 total course cost
International Students: $33,600 per year full-time


3 years full time,

Starting dates


Graduate Rating

Graduates of Creative Arts undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 71.1% (national average 72.0%)
Improved skills: 76.3% (national average 77.3%)
Overall satisfaction: 73.4% (national average 75.3%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Creative Arts undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 52.6% (national average 52.1%)
Studying full time: 30.5% (national average 25.5%)
Median full time salary: $45,000 (national average $47,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 012348F
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Code: BP115

Entry Requirements

The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., ATAR or GPA (including any adjustments).

Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or