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Diploma of Design (UniLink) (8 months), Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 8 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) ,
The Diploma of Design (UniLink) (8 months) is a higher education diploma which provides an alternative pathway to the second year of a bachelor degree. It includes study in digital, interactive and 3D design. The units are similar to those offered in the first year of a bachelor degree, but classes are smaller and students have more one-on-one time with teachers.

This Pre-Bachelor Offers


Students extend their creative and practical design skills and develop a modern approach to the role of design in society. 

The Diploma of Design (UniLink) (8 months) provides a direct pathway to second-year university. The units are similar to those in the first year of a bachelor degree at the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, but the classroom environment is different. Classes are smaller and students will have more individual attention from their teachers to help them adjust to university.

Students will extend their creative and practical design skills. They will also develop the ability to:

  • creatively explore the various principles and elements of graphic design
  • understand and use language and terminology specific to the design field
  • understand the historical and cultural background of art and design.


UniLink is accredited as an award-level higher education diploma.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Communication for Design
  • Design Studio
  • Digital Design
  • Interactive Design for Web Technologies
  • Methods of Investigation
  • 20th-Century Design
  • 3D Communication
  • 3D Design

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 8 months
    • Average part-time duration 16 months
    • Duration description

      Part-time available for domestic students

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

Make sure you have the following documents for your application:
  • certified copies of previous academic results
  • certified English language proficiency test results
  • letters from schools or employers
  • portfolio for design courses, excluding Swinburne Foundation Year (Design).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    25760 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25760 AUD per year and a duration of 8 months.
  • National Applies to you

    6444 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6444 AUD per year and a duration of 8 months.
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Living costs for Melbourne

  • 1501 - 2660 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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