CUA60320 Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Code: CUA60320
CRICOS Code: 106095G
Delivery mode: On Campus
Course Duration: 12 months
Location: Sydney Campus



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The Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design qualification reflects the skills, knowledge and traits of a specialist designer. A commercially viable designer is one who has both creative and conceptual skills in visual communication but also knows how to market themselves, conceive ideas, negotiate and realise design solutions.

As a student of this course, you will meet real-life, complex communication challenges and apply critical thinking skills to develop effective design solutions. You will refine your skills to create sophisticated branding and identity designs, while further developing your ability to design persuasive visual content that speak to a multitude of markets.

Practice at this level aims at a higher level of visual communication and design theory and the ability to critically analyse from a range of sources.

This qualification empowers students to develop their sense of self as a designer. Graduates will be equipped with specialist skills and a strong portfolio of work to help enhance their career opportunities.


By undertaking this course, you will:  

  • Enhance your existing technical design and creative skills  
  • Be equipped with the necessary skills to further your career within a creative field 
  • Apply essential skills to create your own creative mark throughout your projects 
  • Produce complex and innovative design solutions that effectively convey the necessary messaging 
  • Design dynamic websites that incorporate a logical architecture  
  • Adopt the basics of user-experience design principles 
  • Produce user interfaces for interactive media

By completing this course, you will be tailoring your career to specialise within a creative field such as:  

  • Senior Graphic Designer 
  • Design Manager 
  • Senior Illustrator 
  • Art Director 
  • Studio Manager 
BSBPMG430Undertake project work
CUAGRD612Originate graphic designs for complex briefs
CUAGRD603Extend typographic design expertise
CUAGRD617Develop graphic designs for branding and identity
BSBLEG525Apply legal principles in intellectual property law matters
CUAACD537Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
CUAACD536Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUADIG413Create user interfaces
ICTWEB513Build dynamic websites
CUAPPR611Originate a body of independent creative work
BSBMKG555Write persuasive copy
CUAGRD611Engage in the business of graphic design
CUAPPR612Collaborate in professional creative projects
CUADES512Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
CUADES611Manage design realisation

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:
• Apply visual communication history and theory to their own professional practice
• Produce professional typography
• Produce graphic designs for two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) applications
• Create and manipulate graphics
• Design complex publication layouts

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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