About the course

About the course

Start an exciting career in graphic design at Box Hill Institute. Our graphic design course allows you to pursue your creativity by deepening your understanding of colour, print, digital media, branding, instructional design, typography, web design, packaging and advertising.

You will:

  • develop skills in design tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • develop communication skills by responding to complex design briefs, undertaking design projects, implementing design solutions and managing them to completion
  • learn sophisticated print and digital media skills, including advertising and promotion, art direction, branding, corporate identity, instructional design, typography, packaging, signage, web design and sustainable practice
  • undertake a practical placement
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Course will be replaced

Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 1 year

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of the course, you'll have a strong portfolio of work that will assist you to gain employment in fields such as: 

  • digital media
  • branding
  • marketing
  • packaging
  • advertising
  • magazine design
  • web design
  • instructional design
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Entry Requirements

You must have:

  • successfully completed Year 12, or be a mature age applicant
  • successfully completed required units from the Diploma of Graphic Design or demonstrate relevant industry experience (direct entry is available for suitable applicants who can demonstrate relevant industry experience)

We offer pathways into this course if you do not meet the entry requirements:


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


VTAC and direct entry 

Year 12 VTAC applicants must:

  • complete a VTAC application 
  • book an interview
  • present a folio

Direct Entry Applicants (Non Year 12) must:

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Once you have successfully completed this course, you can apply for further study in a university degree program.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 6

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Government Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$7,938$12,978
Service Fee$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83
Material Fee$714$714
Retain Course Items$0$0
Total Course Estimate$8,901$13,941
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$8,901$13,941

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

This course is comprised of 15 units including 7 core and 8 electives.

  • BSBPMG522 Undertake Project Work
    60.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. It covers developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project and reviewing the project to identify lessons learned for application to future projects. This unit applies to individuals who play a significant role in ensuring a project meets timelines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other requirements set for the project.

  • BSBDES502 Establish, Negotiate And Refine A Design Brief
    65.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work proactively with a client or commissioning organisation to develop and negotiate a design brief. It applies to individuals working in any industry or design context where the designer plays a key role in determining the scope and nature of work required. Establishment, negotiation and refinement of a design brief requires the integration of highly-developed creative thinking, communication and planning skills in a process that may not be linear. Adaptability and effective responses to change and new ideas are crucial.

  • BSBDES601 Manage Design Realisation
    50.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage the process of taking a design from concept to final realisation or production. It has a strong focus on planning, implementation and monitoring skills, combined with a sound knowledge of design and production issues and challenges in a given context. It applies to individuals working in any industry context or design discipline who take responsibility for turning design concept into reality - a product or service of value to the end-user. This person could be an individual designer-maker or a designer working as part of a larger design or production team.

  • CUAGRD601 Engage In The Business Of Graphic Design
    65.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to adopt a professional, commercial approach to graphic design practice. It applies to individuals who work autonomously across a diverse range of industry and community contexts. They could be employed by others in small or large organisations, operate as freelancers or set up their own studios.

  • CUAGRD602 Originate Graphic Designs For Complex Briefs
    65.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to independently conceive, plan and realise professional graphic design work to meet the demands of complex communication challenges and graphic design briefs. It applies to individuals who work as designers in many different contexts including studios, commercial printing, advertising, publishing, television or marketing. They possess highly developed planning and analytical thinking and technical and creative capabilities.

  • CUAGRD603 Extend Typographic Design Expertise
    60.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to exploit the potential of typography to solve complex design challenges through research and exploration of advanced and specialised applications. It applies to individuals with a highly developed conceptual and technical understanding of type. They work in many different industry contexts including design studios, commercial printing, advertising, publishing, television and marketing. They work with two-dimensional (2-D), three-dimensional (3-D) and virtual applications. At this level, the designer is working independently, though is usually a member of a collaborative creative team.

  • CUAPPR504 Establish And Maintain Environmentally Sustainable Creative Practice
    30.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to integrate environmentally sustainable approaches into creative art or design practice in order to reduce own ecological footprint across all areas of operation. It applies to individuals who work as artists or designers. Sustainability considerations apply both to activities within the practice and to the design of products and services that might be made, operated or used by others. The practitioner applies a self-directed approach to ensuring the sustainability of own creative practice.

  • ICTWEB505 Develop Complex Web Page Layouts
    40.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design and create a web page layout, to suit a range of devices and a variety of browsers, to industry standards. It applies to individuals who work as web designers and web developers, have a highly developed understanding of design principles and apply technical skills proficiently, according to unique specifications.

  • ICTWEB506 Develop Complex Cascading Style Sheets
    40.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop complex cascading style sheets (CSS) that are attached to a markup language document. It applies to individuals working as web designers and developers who are involved in the layout and appearance of web pages, and have a highly developed understanding of design principles, and software languages, and can apply protocols and standards proficiently.

  • BSBIPR501 Manage Intellectual Property To Protect And Grow Business
    60.0 hours

    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to protect, secure and effectively use intangible assets of value to an organisation. It focuses on establishing and maintaining systems to protect and exploit an organisation's intellectual property to ensure business growth. It applies to managers or coordinators who take an active role in recognising, securing and commercialising intangible assets which contribute to the organisation's profitability, productivity, product or service delivery and market leadership. These managers and coordinators may work in a range of industry or other contexts and may have responsibility for managing people, systems or processes.

  • CUAGRD606 Develop Graphic Designs For Packaging
    55.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create graphic designs for packaging by combining creative and technical design expertise with a comprehensive understanding of the particular factors that apply to packaging. It applies to individuals whose role is integral to defining the overall look of a product and its packaging and the messages that this imparts about the product itself.

  • CUAGRD607 Develop Graphic Designs For Branding And Identity
    55.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create graphic designs for branding and identity that convey key messages about organisations or brands and their underpinning philosophies. It applies to individuals who work in a range of industry contexts that include design consultancy, commercial printing, advertising, publishing, television or marketing. Graphic designers also frequently offer their services on a freelance basis.

  • CUAILL502 Refine Illustration Techniques
    70.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and experiment with a broad range of advanced illustration techniques to refine and evaluate an individual professional style. It applies to highly skilled illustrators who integrate the use of those different techniques explored, to realise a coherent body of creative work. They work with a high level of independence seeking mentoring and guidance as required.

  • CUAPPR602 Collaborate In Professional Creative Projects
    50.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to collaborate with other creative practitioners in order to establish, realise and then evaluate a creative project. It applies to individuals who are independent creative practitioners working together in a collaborative team on commercial or community creative projects in physical or virtual environments. They may work on individual pieces of creative work or on thematically connected works in the broader context of a work brief, exhibition, competition or themed event. The unit applies to self-generated projects as well as those developed in response to opportunities presented by others.

  • CUAPPR601 Originate A Body Of Independent Creative Work
    75.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to independently conceive a coherent body of creative work at a professional level. The unit involves experimenting with ideas to evolve own ideas and approaches, refining and developing concepts and techniques in artistic practice, and planning and managing own creative project through to finished product. It also involves engaging with peers and industry networks in ways that develop and confirm own place as an arts professional. It applies to individuals who have a highly developed command of materials, process and techniques in any creative form.

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Creative Design Hub

Box Hill Institute’s Creative Design Hub, located at our Nelson Campus, provides first-class leadership by showcasing best practices, support, and training in the vibrant world of design. The space offers photography and graphic design students the ability to collaborate with aspiring fashion designers, and includes sewing rooms, patternmaking tables, CAD rooms and a photographic studio. 

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