Work integrated learning is embedded in the Graphic Design course at Murdoch that enables you to build valuable skills whilst gaining all important professional networks. For example, the Graphic Design major has a unit IDD325 Graphic Design Professional Placement. This unit allows you to take appropriate work placements whilst being supervised by a lecturer over a semester.
Many of the units throughout the Graphic Design degree engage working with real world projects and clients to give you a wider skill set. For example, the unit IDD338 Advanced Web Design requires you to build a custom themed WordPress Website for a real client. The 2nd yr unit IDD201 Identity Design will require you to build an identity system for real not-for-profit client. Whilst, the unit IDD307 Portfolio and Promotion for Designers, has several guest lectures and mentoring sessions from industry designers.
All of the lecturers in Graphic Design run their own design businesses so they are well aware of real world requirements of graphic design graduates. We also recommend that students take on projects outside of class time. This might mean doing graphic design work for friends or family, or engage freelance projects from websites like freelancer.com. Doing extra freelance projects gives you experience whilst giving you the confidence to engage clients and build that all important portfolio.
Graphic Design students can also do work placements on international study abroad exchange programs. For example, Murdoch Graphic Design students can apply to travel to the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg, Austria, the number 1 design school in Austria, where you can do an internship with some major international businesses.
Here is the proof, take a look at our Graphic Design Graduate Honour Board which demonstrates the range of jobs our students get. You can also read about some of our graduate experiences like Florencia Mostaccio or Connor Liddelow who took advantage of Murdoch’s double major option that helped them find work in the industry.
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