Design Your Career

Diploma Of Digital Design

Start your Career in Digital Design

Are you looking to become a designer with highly sought after digital skills? AIT is proud to launch the nations first Higher Education Online Diploma of Digital Design. Focus on hands on industry standard skills and, supplement your theory with practical experience in a wide range of design principles. Learn key design elements such as interface design, digital images, typography, design thinking, advertising and creative drawing, and build a broad knowledge base in related areas within the digital world. Be more than just a designer and stand out from the crowd!

Higher Ed Diploma

Designed to meet the needs of the industry, not outdated government training packages. Giving you more relevant skills.

Ongoing Mentorship

You will have a trainer and course adviser who assist you with your learning and assessments via regular consultations.

Pesonalised and flexible

Interactive, personalised and flexible. Study at your own pace and get personalised assistance when you need it.

Additional Learning

Join webinars and masterclasses to hear from industry professionals about the latest techniques and innovations.

FEE-HELP Approved

Study now and pay later, a wonderful benefit to this course (Australian citizens and permanent residents only).

Update Your Skills

Graphic Design teaches outdated skills for print output. Digital Design teaches skills for the interactive world.

Our Online Learning Experience

  • Interactive and Fun – Not Just Videos
  • Regular contact with trainers to help you progress and complete
  • Join AIT’s online learning community and meet likeminded students
  • Connect with industry via webinars, masterclasses
  • FREE access to online learning resources
  • Help when you need it – Contact us any time

Student Work

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Meet your Online tutors

I have been fortunate to work within the creative industries for most of my adult life, and with a passion for animation, design, costume, textures, colour and storytelling, I appreciate the quirky and interesting things in life.

I enjoy being part of the vibrant and diverse AIT community as it is very rewarding to help students discover what they are passionate about, and where they want to go with it. It also gives me the opportunity to continue working within these industries, creating my own artwork and being part of a larger network of creative people.


For me, studying with AIT was a no-brainer. Working as a pro photographer mainly in advertising, I see firsthand how the world of digital media is constantly evolving. And if one is to survive long term, one has to evolve with it. Learning skills in all aspects of digital design, motion graphics and concept development is a natural progression towards the goal of starting my own advertising agency.
Daniel Sponiar
Digital Design Student


Digital Images
Students will acquire a solid foundation of skills using industry standard graphic applications that include vector, pixel and image & text layout software applications. To be more specific, students will obtain these skills mentioned using Adobe CS product, including Illustrator and Photoshop.


Creative Drawing
In this subject students will be introduced to the basics of drawing. They will learn the elements of all art creation such as: line, form, colour, texture, value and shape. Students will learn different creative drawing styles using various techniques. Students will also be challenged to venture out of their comfort zones and broaden their understandings of styles and mediums, as well as develop their knowledge of theory and research on successful creative drawing.


Design Principles
Design principles is a subject that investigates design techniques using colour, shapes, text, textures and communication including the essential skills to communicate ideas visually. An important foundation of knowledge regarding design will allow you to learn and experiment with a variety of tools and techniques that are fundamental to graphic design.
You are encouraged to develop conceptual ideas that can be utilised across whatever relevant media you choose, to produce a coherent body of design work. You will learn how to rationalise conceptual designs, be involved in constructive criticism activities in a professional and productive manner, and develop your own voice through exploration of design knowledge and theory.


Communication Design Theory
In this subject, students will develop an understanding of the underlying principles of communication. They will look at theories from ancient rhetoric to modern persuasion as it appears in media, technology, social and political interaction. They will learn how to use these theories to solve communication design problems.


Shooting & Editing
In this subject students will learn about the technical and creative aspects of photography and video production using digital SLR cameras. they will do this through practical demonstrations and theory based discussions as well as field assignments. Students will learn about the physics of light, mechanics of cameras, the history of photography, composition and photographic design principals, the key proponents of photography style, their motivation and purpose. Students will then go on to produce a short commercial video. Students will also learn about photography and video post-production using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Lightroom.


Digital Illustration
In this subject students will learn how to use Photoshop to create digital paintings. They will learn how to use general painting theory in a digital environment. Students will learn efficient processes to create effective digital images.


Design Thinking Process
In this subject students will learn design theory, as well as about design thinking and the design process. Through a framework of Design Thinking and Process, they will learn how to apply and critique these ideas across a range of contexts. Students learn how to develop their own creative process by exploiting the best methods and students will learn to become aware and self reflective practitioners.


Interface & Experience Design
This subject teaches students how to design, implement and evaluate user interfaces to meet predefined quality characteristics of functionality. They will also learn to create a user centric experience for web and app design. Concepts, theories and technologies underlying the methods and techniques are introduced and explained as required. Students apply all that they have learned to develop and implement a user interface for a business system. Students will be introduced to HTML and CSS.

Design is a broad concept, encompassing the skills and work that go into determining the “look” of…almost everything you see around you. And nowhere is that talent more important than the virtual world of digital interactive media, where the way a piece of information or entertainment is presented can mean the difference between engagement and being ignored.

Visually inventive and technically talented, digital designers are going to be more and more in demand over the next 10 years, according to government studies.

The field is strong, with full-time positions accounting for 75.3% of design jobs, and less hours worked on average than other occupations. It’s a flexible and creative field that lends itself to setting work conditions that suit you.

Growing strongly over the past five years, digital design shows no signs of slowing down as our society moves deeper into online interactions, and that space becomes more innovative and competitive.


There are plenty of opportunities for work, especially with a lot of major companies realising they need to upgrade their digital offerings with online brochures and interactive advertising campaigns, not to mention upgrading their web presence with a site that’s more likely to encourage repeat visits from potential customers. You might find yourself specialising in generating content for social media platforms, mocking up advertising campaigns for client approval or enriching digital content for internal consumption.

Beyond marketing, people with strong multimedia skills are more likely to be hired for related positions, as corporate decision-makers recognise the need for this kind of strategy without having the necessary talents themselves. In short, digital designers are trusted and relied upon by the people calling the shots in a variety of industries.


It isn’t simply a technical career, either. Designers frequently liaise with clients, copywriters and other stakeholders, so there’s often a strong interpersonal element in these kinds of roles. Balancing the needs and wants of various stakeholders, while solving problems and producing the most creative and beautiful work – these are the challenges a designer faces as much as selecting colours for a layout and archiving information for future use. In this sense, you can climb the ladder to become a creative director or other client-facing role, with a team to realise your vision.Most digital designers work in fields such as Scientific and Technical Services, Manufacturing and Information Media, and Telecommunications, so it’s worth doing your research into those fields to see which will be the best fit for your skills and outlook. If you have a technical mind, you can make a great living by visually translating difficult-to-understand material for a general audience.

More than any other area of interactive digital media, design seems like the sector most likely to retain general principles as the tools and tastes change over time. As such, a strong base of artistic knowledge will help you tackle the increasing complexity of the technical side of the role, and being able to work both independently and as part of a team will definitely become more important as teleconferencing and remote access are mainstreamed within business.

Connecting you to Industry

More than any other area of interactive digital media, design seems like the sector most likely to retain general principles as the tools and tastes change over time. As such, a strong base of artistic knowledge will help you tackle the increasing complexity of the technical side of the role, and being able to work both independently and as part of a team will definitely become more important as teleconferencing and remote access are mainstreamed within business.


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Study mode:

Online (with support from our digital tutors), anytime, anywhere, 24/7 access

Course structure:

2 periods of study, each with 4 subjects and duration of 48 weeks (full time) / 96 weeks (part time)

Course duration:

  • Part time: 96 weeks (+ 2 weeks break), approximately 1150hours of total study (12hours/week)
  • Full time: 48 weeks (+ 2 weeks break), approximately 1150hours of total study (24hours/week)


Diploma of Digital Design

Nationally recognised qualification:

Yes. Accredited by AQF (Australian Qualification Framework), TEQSA (Tertiary Education Qualifications Standards Authority) and recognised by

Awarded by:

Academy of Information Technology (RTO: 90511)


CRICOS registered:

No this course is not CRICOS registered. (International students please contact our course advisor)


Previous education and experience will be assessed on a case by case basis by Head Teacher

Entry requirements:

  • Students over the age of 21 are admitted as mature aged students upon applying and require only legal documentation
  • Students under the age of 21 with a completed Year 12 certificate or equivalent are admitted upon proof of graduation
  • Students under the age of 21 without a completed year 12 certificate must be interviewed by the AIT admissions team where admission will be assessed on the basis of relevant work experience or creative portfolio. These students must be able to demonstrate the skills and capabilities to succeed in this course as deemed by AIT admissions team;
  • Alternative entry may be available in certain circumstances (e.g. You have evidence of having completed another qualification such as a Certificate II )

Please note, the minimum age for students undertaking this course is 17 years of age..

This course is only for permanent residents or citizens of Australia, based in Australia.

For further questions about admissions and entry requirements please contact us at [email protected]



Cost of Materials for Online Diploma of Digital Design:


Computer or Laptop

Connection to the Internet

Subscription to Adobe Suite CC ($16.99 per month with Student ID. Your ID will be provided with completion of enrolement)

Access to scanner or camera for uploading artwork to the blog and Canvas

Printing costs – $20

Art supplies – $ 50 Approx.

  • sketch book or visual diary – A4 or A3. (plain paper – No lines)
  • pencils (HB, 2B)
  • eraser (normal and/or putty eraser)
  • ruler 30cm
  • sharpener
  • watercolour set (cake or tube)
  • soft watercolour brush
  • Felt tip pens (Artline)
  • coloured pencils (alternatively chalk pastels, oil pastels) (optional)


  • Wacom graphics tablet ranging in cost from $90 for a small one to $300 for a medium size) is optional, good to have for design work, but not essential for this course.

Course fee:

$15,960 AUD (2 blocks of study, each = $7,980)

Payment options:

  • FEE-HELP (available for Australian Citizens)
  • Instalment payments (2 x $7,980 AUD)
  • Full cash / credit card payment

Start dates:

Operating since 1999, AIT has educated thousands of students from all over the world who have gone on to build successful careers in the creative industry. AIT’s highest aim is to create job-ready graduates through industry relevant and flexible courses, practical teaching methods, industry interactions and personalised attention. Our online learning environment remains centred on the care of each student and on service excellence.

What qualification will I receive upon completion of this course?

At the successful completion of your course, you will receive a Diploma of Digital Design (086327K)

This Diploma is nationally recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) training packages and issued by the Acadenmy of information Technology (AIT)

When you complete a subject from either Diploma you will receive a statement of attainment.

This depends on the study mode that you choose. You can study either full-time or part-time as follows:

Full-time study:

  • Duration of 48 weeks plus 1 week study break between each study block (total 48 weeks)
  • Two study periods, each with four subjects with a duration of 24 weeks
  • The study block 2 starts 1 week after finishing the previous block and you will receive confirmation of your enrolment into the upcoming study block with a particular census date
  • A recommended of 24 hours of study per week

Part-time study:

  • Duration of 96 weeks plus 1 week study break between each study block (total 96 weeks)
  • Two study periods, each with four subjects with a duration of 24 weeks
  • TThe study block 2 starts 1 week after finishing the previous block and you will receive confirmation of your enrolment into the upcoming study block with a particular census date
  • A recommend of 12 hours of study per week

Each study block has a start and finish date which is determined by your decision to study full time or part time.
The start and end dates to each study block are communicated within the enrolment confirmation letter and also by your Tutor when you begin your studies with us. Your Tutor will work with you to ensure you are on track to complete each study block within the required period stated.

It is important to note that the Terms and Conditions of studying at AIT state that each block must be completed within the advised time frame. If you are having difficulty completing each block by the required date then you may apply to student services for an extension. A student can request in writing to The Left Bank a change of study pace in between each study block, but not during a study block.

A student can also fast track their studies if they wish.

You can enrol in our online Diplomas at any time. AIT online has course intakes every Wednesday so there is no waiting around to get started.

There are 3 main options of how you can pay for the Diploma of Digital Design:

  • FEE-HELP in two study periods (see other question for more info about FEE-HELP)
  • One full instalment of $15,960 (Credit Card, PayPal)
  • Two instalment payments of $7,980 made before commencing each study period (Credit Card, PayPal)
    • First instalment must be paid before commencing the first study period
    • 2nd and 3rd at the completion of study period 1

FEE-HELP is a loan scheme, provided by the Federal Government that assists eligible students in the payment of part or all of their tuition fees. VET FEE-HELP is the same program but for diploma programs. AIT is an approved provider of FEE HELP and VET FEE HELP courses.

Over their lifetime, eligible students may borrow up to the FEE-HELP limit. The government directly pays AIT the amount of the loan, and students (that is you) pay it back through the Australian taxation system once their annual income reaches the minimum repayment threshold. For the 2015/16 financial year the threshold is $54,126.

FEE-HELP loans don’t attract interest, but a CPI increase is applied every June 1 for amounts that have been unpaid for 11 months or more.

Learn more about Fee HELP at: []

You are eligible for FEE-HELP if you are an Australian citizen, permanent humanitarian visa holder (resident in Australia for the duration of your unit), or a permanent visa holder undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals and will be resident in Australia for the duration of the study.

You must also be enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for that unit (study block) and have not exceeded your FEE-HELP limit.

Eligible students can apply by completing a “Request for FEE-HELP Assistance” form, which we will provide you when you apply. If you don’t already have one, please contact us and we’ll send you a form immediately.

You incur the debt immediately after the census date for each block of study for which you received FEE-HELP assistance. A Census Date occurs at 20% mark of each block of study in a specific course. If there are three blocks within a course you will be notified of the relevant Census Date for each study block.

If you have requested a FEE-HELP loan, but change your mind about studying, you have to either cancel your “Request for FEE-HELP Assistance” form or withdraw your enrolment in each unit of study (study period) on or before its census date, otherwise you will incur a debt.

The census date is the last day you can withdraw without incurring financial penalty. See the government website for more information.

To withdraw from a unit or study block without incurring a FEE -HELP debt or losing an up-front payment, you need to complete your provider’s formal withdrawal procedures by the census date.

AIT requires notification in writing to [email protected] prior to, or on the Census Date for the relevant study block to be able to withdraw a student.

If you correctly withdraw from a study block by the census date, you will not incur a HELP debt. If you are using FEE‑HELP , your FEE-HELP limit will not be reduced if you withdraw by the census date. If you have paid your tuition fees up-front, you may be entitled to a refund.

Download Census Dates

If you withdraw from a study block after the census date, you will incur a HELP debt and will lose any up-front payment you made. If you are using FEE‑HELP or VET FEE‑HELP, your FEE‑HELP limit will be reduced.

If you withdrew from a study block after the census date because of special circumstances, you may be able to get your HELP debt remitted (and your FEE-HELP balance re-credited if applicable).

Yes, RPL will be available by submitting an application form to Student Services and will be assessed on a case by case basis by the Head Teacher.

AIT will review all request of this nature on a case by case basis.

RedHill Education Limited (RedHill) was founded in 2006, and listed with the Australian Securities Exchange in 2010. The group operates a number of businesses in the private tertiary education market in Australia.

RedHill currently operates from three campus locations in Sydney’s CBD, which deliver vocational and higher education courses in English language, creative digital technologies, and interior design and styling to over 4,000 domestic and international students each year.

RedHill is proud to launch and support The Left Bank, and deliver an outstanding high quality online learning experience to its students.

If you have any questions or would like to enrol into the online diploma of digital design please complete the form below and one of our course advisers will contact you to guide you through all study options which would best suit your needs and requirements. Alternatively you can call us or email us and we will be happy to provide you with more information.