CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design

Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Code: CUA50720
CRICOS Code: 105826G
Delivery mode: On Campus
Course Duration: 1 year 6 months
Location: Sydney Campus




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The Diploma of Graphic Design has been designed with a combination of technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges.

The course is underpinned by the application of design theory and practice and the ability to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions.

As a student of this course, you will learn to deliver engaging materials for every medium, from digital advertisements, which include 3D design, to print publications, brand packaging and billboards.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in a variety of sectors within print and digital media, who will find employment in design and advertising agencies.

By undertaking this course, you will: 

  • Learn the necessary skills to confidently use industry-standard software (e.g., Adobe Creative Cloud)  
  • Know how to dissect and break down the design brief to understand the core challenges 
  • Work collaboratively with a team and/or clients 
  • Follow through a design process from initial proofs to final, publication-ready edits. 
  • Adopt a creative and technical mindset that is shaped for this field 
  • Create an industry-ready portfolio that is ready to showcase to future employers 

As a graduate of this course, you will be equipped with the key theoretical, technical, and creative skills to transform any idea into reality. You will find work across a wide scope of industries, as well as design and advertising agencies, in roles such as:  

• Web Designer
• Junior Art Director
• Illustrator
• Brand and Identity Designer
• Advertising
• Magazine and Publishing Design
• Graphic Designer

BSBMKG437 Create and optimise digital media
CUADIG304Create visual design components
CUAGRD502Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications
CUAGRD503Produce typographic design solutions
CUAGRD514Create and manipulate graphics
CUAGRD501Research visual communication history and theory
BSBCRT512Originate an develop concepts
BSBPEF501Manage personal and professional development
CUAGRD516Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs
CUADES511Implement design solutions
CUAPPR513Present a body of own creative work
CUADES413Develop and extend design skills and practice
CUAGRD515Design and manipulate complex layouts
BSBWHS501Ensure a safe workplace for a work area
CUAACD531Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAACD522Work with photomedia in creative practice
BSBMKG551Create multiplatform advertisements for mass media
CUAPHI523Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
BSBCRT413Collaborate in creative processes

Every student will have an initial interview to assess their individual learning needs and their language, literacy and numeracy skills.

• Completed Australian Year 12 or equivalent
• IELTS 6.0 English language equivalence if a non-native English speaker
• Be aged over 17 for Domestic Students and over 18 for International Students.

Further Entry Requirements: 

To study this qualification, individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills and ability to:
• Produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges.
• Produce typography that supports the overall design solution.
• Use graphic design industry software.
Skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

Blended learning – 33% online and 67% face-to-face learning.

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