Diploma of Graphic Design
Design your own creative career with our graphic design course. In our course you’ll develop the skills and knowledge required to become a successful graphic designer where you can work for yourself or for others in advertising, publishing or industrial design, or in-house for companies in a wide variety of industries such as architecture, marketing and branding.
In our course you’ll learn design principles and elements, typography, technical drawing, digital image development, and illustration and design for web environments.
Your major studies include:
- 2D and 3D design
- page layout
- digital image editing
- design history and practice
- user interface design
- a work placement
Art & Design
|Course Type||International TAFE Course|
|Campuses||Box Hill Campus|
|Tuition Fee Type||Estimated Annual Fee|
|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.
Full time: 1 year
You must have successfully completed Australian Year 12 and the Certificate IV in Design or be mature age with some industry experience. If you do not meet these entry requirements, we offer pathways into this course via the Certificate IV in Design.
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:
- Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
- 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 5
After successful completion, you’ll be skilled-up to apply for a range of employment opportunities including:
- as a graphic designer
- as a graphic artist for print shops
- within design agencies
- within design studios
- setting up your own freelance business
We recommended you 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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.