Undertake the Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design) at SAE and start your career in the limitless world of the design industry. Explore all areas of design from typography, pre-press, design for print media, and digital plus more. You will focus on the creation of visual images and develop a broad understanding of all areas of the design industry with a focus on graphic design and components of web design and beyond.
You will study the concepts and methodologies of drawing using a variety of media with an emphasis on drawing from life, including anatomical studies and perspective techniques for the environment and character construction.
You will undertake specialised units designed for students to participate in real-world projects under the guidance of expert SAE staff. With this unique teaching style, you will demonstrate your skills and technical knowledge in a collaborative and creative studio-based learning environment.
Each degree programme is broken up into discrete stages, each designed to promote different skills.
Stage I – Foundational Skills Development
In Stage I, you will undertake a number of foundational units which will give you the essential technical skills and knowledge not only relevant to your discipline area but also give you the skills required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals in later stages of the programme.
Fundamentals of drawing
Principles of design
Design and layout
Project Management and Professional Etiquette
Critical and creative thinking
Contemporary industry overview
Stage II – Interdisciplinary Projects, Media and Cultural Studies
In Stage II you will be working in simulated project groups where you are working towards large-scale deliverables each trimester. Within Stage II we will not only get you to apply your Stage I skills in a deeper context but help you work within the contemporary creative media workforce.
In Stage II we show you how your work contributes to and interacts with broader culture and media practice. This knowledge will enable you to work with a variety of other disciplines and artists and expand your potential on the global stage.
You will complete a number of real-world projects with students not only in your own discipline but in all other SAE disciplines.
In Stage II, you will be given the opportunity to work as project specialists within the following areas. The types of projects and project roles you choose to undertake will determine what area of specialisation you fall within. Stage II has two studio modules with projects based on Graphic Design.
In the Graphic Design specialisation, you will hone the skills learned in Stage I. Students will further explore typography, design for print and media, and pre-press to create professional projects relevant to your industry and further develop strong project techniques. Students will discover additional facets of the design industry including photography and working with other professional tools to develop a full sense of the design industry in its entirety.
Stage III is the final part of your studies. Here you will undertake an interdisciplinary project of your choice to be the final and most ambitious portfolio project that you will undertake.
You will also finalise your studies by undertaking an elective module and completing a compulsory internship.
By the time you graduate, you will have; a professional portfolio that you will have begun building at the start of the programme, a wide range of interdisciplinary projects present in your portfolio, and a deeper understanding of the creative media fields and real-world experience.
Upon graduating, you will have a sound knowledge of many facets of the design industry, graduating with a large portfolio of work in both physical and digital media. You will have full knowledge and understanding of the Adobe Creative Suite and through interdisciplinary projects and real-world tasks throughout your degree, you will make a seamless transition into your career.
Bachelor of Design
Your Learning Experience
SAE has implemented a remote flexible learning option for current and future students. The range of tools developed by SAE will not only allow students to collaborate online but also gain experience in remote working practices widely used within the creative industries.
Start design studio work in trimester 1.
Work with a range of talented students and staff, build professional networks, and collaborate on real-world projects.
Experience a course designed in collaboration with industry partners, develop the skills the creative industries want.
Develop advanced skills in industry-standard software packages, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat.
Build high-level visual thinking and design knowledge – learn the skills the creative industries demand.
Learn how to produce advanced designs for web, digital publishing, and print.
Learn marketing skills relevant to the current industry such as search engine optimisation and development of social media campaigns.
Become part of an exceptionally creative, multi-disciplinary team: be encouraged to take creative risks, work collaboratively, and develop artistic independence.
Motion graphics designer
Print publication designer
SAE design graduates have been involved with well-known companies in advertising, marketing, and retail, including:
Applicants from all applicant groups who wish to study a Bachelor degree course must satisfy the following entry requirements:
Be at least 18 years of age (or turning 18 during your first year of studies) or 17y before the commencement of the first term.
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent; which is Grade/Year 12 according to the Australian curriculum.
Completion of a Diploma level qualification or higher issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); or other equivalent qualifications.
Experience Based Entry - for applicants who do not meet the requirements of entry criteria 1 or 2. Please read the section below on Experience Based Entry, Higher Education Pathway or contact an SAE Course Advisor directly for more information.
High school Certificate
High school transcript (Grade scale must be provided if not graduated in US, IB, UK or Indian curriculum), unless grades are mentioned as percentages (%)
Proof of English language proficiency
SAE recognises industry experience and previous studies from accredited institutions.
For more information on SAE's entry requirements refer to the Student Selection, Admissions, Deferral, and Transfer policy.
English Language Requirements
International students have to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A band score of 6 or higher for a Higher Education (HE) course and 5.5 or higher for a VET course (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 550 or higher (paper-based test), 60 or higher (internet-based test) for a Higher Education (HE) course, and a minimum score of 527 (paper-based test) or 46 (internet-based test) for a VET course, OR
International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR): An overall rating of 3, OR
Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic score of 50 (or higher) for a Higher Education (HE) course, and an Academic score of 42 (or higher) for a vocational education programme, OR
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) A B 2.1 level or higher.
Completion of Year 12 English at an Australian secondary school or college or equivalent with a minimum result of “Satisfactory” or equivalent.
An equivalent level from other approved secondary schooling English studies by providing a signed and stamped letter of confirmation from the High school stating that English was the language of instruction.
Other evidence of English competency may be considered for review and will be accepted at the discretion of SAE Creative Media Institute. This can be either proof of mother tongue language or a signed and stamped letter of confirmation from a Higher education institution stating that English was the language of instruction.
English test scores more than two (2) years old at the time of application will not be accepted.
In case proof of English language proficiency cannot be obtained, SAE Dubai organises in collaboration with Eton institute, a CEFR test at the beginning of each term for which students can sign up