Graphic Design Portfolio Builder Online

2 weeks
Short Course

Enrol in our online introductory Graphic Design short course to build essential skills for your Diploma of Graphic Design. You'll gain fundamental graphic design skills and develop a portfolio for your application. Flexible study options at Swinburne Open Education.

Kick start your studies in graphic design with this introductory short course.

Study the introductory Graphic Design short course online to develop the essential skills needed to apply for the Diploma of Graphic Design. Gain the basic graphic design skills needed for you application, and develop a portfolio to accompany your application.

A transformative short course designed to unlock your creative potential and pave the way for a fulfilling career in the dynamic world of design. If you have a passion for visual storytelling, an eye for aesthetics, and a desire to leave your mark on the world through captivating designs, then this course is your gateway to an exciting journey ahead.

At Swinburne Open Education, we believe that creativity knows no bounds. Our curriculum, tailored specifically to meet the entry requirements for the esteemed Diploma of Graphic Design, is designed to empower you with the tools and techniques necessary to build a portfolio that will open doors to exciting opportunities.

The design field is a realm of endless possibilities. It’s a world where imagination takes flight, and every stroke of your digital pen has the power to make an impact. So, when you’re ready to unlock your creative potential and craft compelling narratives through visual expression, let’s embark on a rewarding career in graphic design.

Our flexible online study allows you to continue with your current role while you study. Enrol now to study the Graphic Design Portfolio Builder online.

This course is not available to International students.

This introductory course has been designed to help you:

  • Gain a broad overview of the creative sector

  • Determine career path(s) right for you

  • Develop a portfolio

  • Develop the essential skills for lodging your Diploma of Graphic Design application.


After completing this course you will have achieved the following:

  • Developed a personal elevator pitch

  • Knowledge of each stage in the creative process

  • Designed creative works

  • Developed a portfolio for your application.


Start your career in graphic design

Source: Career outcome information from Your Career (Oct 2023).


Why study Graphic Design Portfolio Builder online

  • Gain the basic graphic design skills needed for your application, and develop a portfolio to accompany your application.

  • Develop the essential skills needed to apply for the Diploma of Graphic Design.

  • Our curriculum is designed to empower you with the tools and techniques necessary to build a portfolio that will open doors to exciting opportunities.

  • Our flexible online study allows you to continue with your current role while you study.

A graphic designer working on her design on a computer sitting near a window.


Study online with our world-class learning platform

  • Designed and delivered online so you can learn anywhere, anytime

  • Study on any device - desktop, tablet or mobile

  • Learn through regular trainer-lead online sessions and native content

  • Engage with your learning community through online forums and messages


Download your free online course guide

Enter your details and the Swinburne Open team will send you a free course guide with the info to get started. An Enrolment Consultant will be in touch to discuss your options and answer any questions you may have.



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Course Modules


1. The creative sector

2. Your elevator pitch


1. Identify your career path

2. Develop and share your elevator pitch


1. Stages of the creative process


1. Demonstrate your understanding of the creative process



1. Start-Up case study

2. Software Lab 1

3. Software Lab 2

4. Software Lab 3


1. Design activities

2. Adobe Photoshop Basics

3. Adobe Photoshop Extension

4. Adobe Illustrator Basics


1. Design portfolio


1. Build your portfolio


Course requirements

To enter this graphic design course, students must be at least 18 years old.

This course is not available to International students.

The Swinburne Open modern online learning platform has been designed so that you can study online anywhere, anytime. You will need to meet the following IT requirements to use our platform for this Diploma course:

Desktop or laptop

  • Latest version of Chrome or Safari

  • Microsoft Office (2010 or higher)

  • Adobe PDF Reader

Mobile or tablet*

  • Latest version of Chrome or Safari

  • Latest version of Android

  • Latest version of iOS

* Students using a mobile or tablet will need to upload documents from a laptop or desktop or have a Dropbox account.

You will need to have intermediate computer skills to undertake this graphic design course. This includes the ability to:

  • Navigate Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Xd*

  • Create, save and edit Microsoft Office documents

  • Access and search the internet

  • Download and save documents from websites

  • Upload documents through websites

  • Create audio files and videos.

* Swinburne Open Education provides all students enrolled in the CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design with access to Adobe Creative Cloud software.

Online study FAQs

We understand you need to fit study around your busy life. Our online learning platform is designed with this in mind, so you can study on any device, anywhere, anytime. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

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Swinburne Open Education is an online education provider and all courses are delivered digitally, allowing you to learn anywhere, anytime. 

Our learning platform is online native and can be accessed on any device. We’ve created a joyful experience with natively accessible information, alleviating the need to download presentations and allowing you to focus on learning the content rather than how to use our platform.

Online modules are broken down into topics and subtopics specific to the module. Each module contains a range of learning styles including written text, diagrams, instructional videos and formative activities that provide you with instant feedback and prepares you for summative assessments. 

Learning is supported by regular trainer-led online sessions. At the end of each module and prior to the sequential module, skills and knowledge are evaluated through summative assessments. Assessment consists of online quizzes, assignments and supervised tests. Through our learning platform you will:

  • Access your learning materials and assessments

  • Undertake and upload assessments

  • Engage and interact with your trainer

  • Participate in student forums and find a ‘study buddy’

  • Access your assessment grades and feedback

  • Access student support services.

More information about learning online with Swinburne Open Education can be found in our Student Handbook.

Support is offered via scheduled live Q&A sessions, all support sessions are recorded and made available for students to view in their own time. If a student has attended a live Q&A session and still needs additional support, a one on one video chat can be arranged with a trainer.

Self-paced learning gives you the flexibility to fit study around your life. We understand life doesn’t always go to plan. You can apply for extensions for up to 6 months (3 months per extension) if needed. See more details in our full FAQs.

If you are less than half way through your enrolment period and it’s not working out, you can opt-out of the second half and reduce your course fee liability to 50% of the total course fee. Refer to the Student Agreement for full terms and conditions.



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