Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

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Our Skill Seekers' Journey_Box Hill InstituteJacinta Kay spent most of her childhood thinking about becoming a lawyer, then a hairdresser, then a journalist. It took her a while exploring different options to help her decide on graphic design.

Jacinta enrolled in Box Hill Institute’s Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design in mid-2014, and she has gone on to study a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design) at Deakin University. She said, “I’ve done both university and TAFE, and TAFE is far more hands on and practical. University is complimentary to TAFE, but if you really want to learn the skills needed in the real world, you can’t go past hands-on, intensive learning.”

While doing her course at Box Hill, Jacinta did two out-of-class placements for a total of eight weeks and also worked on three client jobs. She said, “It really helped me to understand how to work with clients, and it gave my folio a pretty distinctive edge too.

“Box Hill really prepared me for the industry more than I could imagine. The real-world skills and the hands-on focus of the staff really helped me to understand and prepare myself for the workforce,” she said.

Once Jacinta completes her study, she would like to work in either publication design, digital design or illustration. What is most important to her is to work for a company that shares her values and creates beautiful, meaningful work that inspires and appeals to others.

She said, “I’m glad I studied at Box Hill otherwise I don’t think I would have felt prepared for the industry, and I probably would have moved on to something else.”

Her advice for other students is to take advantage of every opportunity presented. “Whether it’s work placements, client work, attending conferences or seminars, you really want to show an employer that you’re committed and have gone beyond the basic coursework; and real world work always looks great in a folio,” she said.

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