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Diploma of Design (UniLink) (12 Months), Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) ,
The Diploma of Design (UniLink) (12 months) is a higher education diploma which provides an alternative pathway to a bachelor degree. It includes study in digital, interactive and 3D design. 

This Pre-Bachelor Offers


The units are similar to bachelor degree units, but classes are smaller and students have more one-on-one time with teachers.

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

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.

Career opportunities

Depending on the area in which students decide to specialise, they may find employment in advertising, animation, design consultancy, graphic design, packaging design, publishing, research and development for manufactured products, design of commercial and residential interiors and public spaces, media and entertainment studios, video games development, web and interactive digital design.


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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Communication for design 
  • 3D communication 
  • Digital design 
  • 20th century design 
  • Interactive design for web technology 
  • Design studio 
  • Brand and identity design 
  • 3D design 
  • Packaging design 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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.

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  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Certified academic documents
  • Certified copy of your passport
  • English proficiency test results
  • Certified copy of unit outlines and academic transcripts
  • Portfolio 
  • English translations of all documents, if not already in English

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28980 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28980 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 12 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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