Design your own creative career with our Diploma of Graphic Design course. In this course, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge required to become a successful graphic designer. With this qualification, you can work for yourself or work for others in advertising, publishing, industrial design or in house for companies in a wide variety of industries such as architecture, marketing and branding.

In this course you’ll learn design principles and elements, typography, technical drawing, digital image development and illustration and design for web environments. Your major studies will include:

  • 2D and 3D design
  • typography
  • page layout
  • drawing
  • illustration
  • digital image editing
  • work placement
  • copyright
  • design history and practice
  • user interface design



National Code CUA50715
CRICOS Code 093399B
Study Areas Art & Design
Study Level Diploma
Course Type International TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
International Fee $16,000.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $675.20
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies


* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

A minimum IETLS overall score of 5.5 (Academic) with no band less that 5.0.

A minimum TOEFL score of 530 for paper examination; 179 for computer based and 71 for Internet based. 

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.

January and July

Full time: 1 year 

Box Hill

You must have:

We offer pathways into this course via the Certificate IV in Design if you do not meet the entry requirements.

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE 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.

Successful completion will enable you to apply for:

Direct entry. See how to apply or contact the international office.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

After successful completion, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to apply for employment opportunities such as but not limited to:

  • graphic designer
  • graphic artist for print shops
  • design agencies
  • design studios
  • your own freelance business.

It is recommended to continue your studies in the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design to ensure the best chance of gaining employment in this field.

This course is comprised of 19 units (9 core and 10 elective) delivered over two semesters, with 6 or 7 subjects per semester.

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BSBCRT501 ORIGINATE AND DEVELOP CONCEPTS 30.0

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CUAPPR503 PRESENT A BODY OF OWN CREATIVE WORK 60.0

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BSBDES403 DEVELOP AND EXTEND DESIGN SKILLS AND PRACTICE 30.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and extend skills as a practising designer.

It applies to individuals who work as a designer, in any industry context, either independently or employed by an organisation.

Designers must continually refine, develop and evaluate their own conceptual and technical skills. Research, experimentation and collaboration are key factors in this process.
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CUAACD501 REFINE DRAWING AND OTHER VISUAL REPRESENTATION TOOLS 70.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use drawing and other visual representation tools to develop, refine and communicate ideas for creative work. The unit focus is on manual drawing development and refinement, and visual representation as cognitive tools in a professional practice, rather than a particular level of drawing technique.

It applies to individuals who are professional practitioners working in any area related to visual communication using drawing and other visual representation tools to support their practice.
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CUAGRD501 RESEARCH VISUAL COMMUNICATION HISTORY AND THEORY 55.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research visual communication history and theory and to apply that research to own professional practice.

It applies to individuals who are visual communication professionals. They carry out research independently and use information to provide context, inspiration and reference for contemporary design solutions.
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CUAGRD502 PRODUCE GRAPHIC DESIGNS FOR 2-D AND 3-D APPLICATIONS 60.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and produce a body of two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) graphic design work in response to a variety of visual communication challenges. Design work will show a well-developed command of relevant software programs and the creative ability to generate ideas to meet the different needs of design briefs.

It applies to individuals who work as graphic designers in a wide variety of industry contexts such as design studios, commercial printing, advertising, book and magazine publishing, television or the marketing division of any business.
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CUAGRD503 PRODUCE TYPOGRAPHIC DESIGN SOLUTIONS 60.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce professional typography for a wide range of communication needs.

Typographic design solutions may include advertisements, headlines, logotypes, signage systems, posters, charts or mass text applications.

It applies to individuals who use a broad range of digital and print applications in many different graphic design industry contexts.
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CUAGRD504 CREATE AND MANIPULATE GRAPHICS 60.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create and manipulate graphics using a combination of creative design skills and technical software proficiency.

It applies to individuals working in various industries such as graphic design, commercial printing, advertising, publishing, television and marketing. Individuals work independently and create original graphics or work with graphic objects created by others.
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CUAGRD505 DESIGN AND MANIPULATE COMPLEX LAYOUTS 65.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design complex publication layouts by combining creative design skills with technical software proficiency.

It applies to individuals working in various industry contexts such as graphic design, commercial printing, advertising, publishing, television and marketing. At this level, individuals work independently and are responsible for the overall layout design.
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CUAGRD506 DEVELOP GRAPHIC DESIGN PRACTICE TO MEET INDUSTRY NEEDS 60.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop an industry focus for graphic design practice and to adapt that practice to meet both current and emerging industry opportunities.

It applies to individuals who are developing a graphic design practice to meet different industry needs.
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CUAPPR503 PRESENT A BODY OF OWN CREATIVE WORK 60.0

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BSBCRT501 ORIGINATE AND DEVELOP CONCEPTS 30.0

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BSBIPR401 USE AND RESPECT COPYRIGHT 50.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use and respect copyright. It covers maintaining control over the copyright owner's work, commercialising copyright material, preventing the unauthorised use of an original work and using other party's original work legitimately.

It applies to people who may be authors, creators or other owners of works covered by copyright. It also applies to employees who have a role in ensuring that their organisation's copyright is protected and or that their organisation uses others copyright appropriately to benefit the organisation without infringing the rights of copyright owners.
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BSBDES501 IMPLEMENT DESIGN SOLUTIONS 60.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to take a design concept or solution to the implementation stage. The outcome of work could be a completed product, object, system or service, but is more likely to be a complete or partial prototype or model for the design. The focus of the unit is on a general knowledge of design techniques and processes, and practical application to a specific design context.

It applies to individuals who implement concepts and solutions in response to a design challenge in any industry context.
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CUAACD503 SELECT AND REFINE A SPECIALISED DRAWING TECHNIQUE 45.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to refine a particular drawing technique to a high level of technical expertise.

It applies to professional practitioners with a high level of drawing proficiency working in many industries. The particular drawing technique may be electronic, manual, technical or artistic and will vary depending on the needs of the practice.
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CUAACD506 REFINE 2-D DESIGN IDEAS AND PROCESSES 70.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to extend understanding and use of two-dimensional (2-D) design ideas and processes for the production of work at a professional level.

It applies to individuals who work with a wide and potentially complex range of ideas about 2-D design.
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CUAACD507 REFINE 3-D DESIGN IDEAS AND PROCESSES 70.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to extend understanding and use of three-dimensional (3-D) design ideas and processes for the production of work at a professional level.

It applies to individuals who work with a wide and potentially complex range of ideas about 3-D design.
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CUADIG403 CREATE USER INTERFACES 50.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create a user interface for an interactive media product.

It applies to individuals who respond to design specifications and generate a range of design options that incorporate user-centred design principles and comply with platform standards. They work in a team environment with some supervision or guidance.
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CUAILL501 DEVELOP PROFESSIONAL ILLUSTRATIONS 70.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create illustrations using advanced compositional skills in both print and digital formats. It involves experimentation with different approaches and techniques for communication of key messages.

It applies to highly skilled illustrators who work with a high level of independence seeking mentoring and guidance as required.
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CUAPHI514 PREPARE DIGITAL IMAGES FOR PRE-PRESS PROCESSING 45.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare client image files for pre-press processing.

It applies to individuals who possess the self-directed skills and knowledge to process image files prior to printing.
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CUAPPR501 REALISE A BODY OF CREATIVE WORK 80.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to integrate conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create a coherent body of work in any creative form.

It applies to individuals who are at the beginning of their professional practice and whose completed work conveys a well developed command of materials, process and technique, and strong conceptual and theoretical development.
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CUAIND401 EXTEND EXPERTISE IN SPECIALIST CREATIVE FIELDS 45.0

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by those working in the creative industries to add depth to expertise in a specialist field or technique. Fields include dance, music, cultural heritage, screen and media, visual arts, craft and design. The unit is particularly applicable in contexts where techniques require a high level of skill and coordination.

At this level, work would usually be undertaken with limited guidance and specialists could also be responsible for mentoring others on the job. Depending on the specialist area, guidance from mentors and experienced practitioners could be expected.
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CUAPHI501 APPLY VISUAL COMMUNICATION THEORY TO PHOTO IMAGING PRACTICE 45.0

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CUAPHI513 EMPLOY COLOUR MANAGEMENT IN A DIGITAL IMAGING WORKPLACE 45.0

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CUADIG405 PRODUCE INNOVATIVE DIGITAL IMAGES 50.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to experiment with digital imaging techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice.

It applies to individuals who produce digital art images for electronic media or physical/online display in art publications and galleries.
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CUADIG508 REFINE DIGITAL ART TECHNIQUES 80.0

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CUAPHI502 RESEARCH AND APPLY PHOTO IMAGING TRENDS 45.0

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CUAPHI505 PRODUCE COMMERCIAL PHOTO IMAGES 50.0

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CUAPHI507 PRODUCE MEDIA PHOTO IMAGES 50.0

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CUAPHI510 PRODUCE TECHNICAL PHOTO IMAGES 55.0

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CUAPHI511 MAKE ILLUSTRATIVE PHOTO IMAGES FOR PUBLICATION AND DISPLAY 45.0

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