Course Description

Explore. Capture. Connect.

Discover how to create integrated campaigns and design for various platforms. You'll learn relevant industry skills from practising designers, and you’ll graduate with a polished portfolio showcasing your best work.

Explore. Discover how to match the motivations of your clients to your creative vision for their product or service. Learn how to execute this via the design process.

Capture. Gain the broad-ranging skills you need to work in this challenging and inspiring industry. Work alongside top trainers to gain enhanced qualifications.

Connect. Nail that brief. Play with concepts and art in an effective and unconventional way. Brainstorm and develop studio skills and attributes to pick up on trends and ideas.

If you have some prior knowledge or experience in graphic design, this course will build on your knowledge and skills. Many Graphic designers work in full time, part time or casual roles, on contracts or as freelancers. This diploma will not only give you the technical skills to work in the industry but it will cover thinking around business and client engagement. Discover how to take in factors that reflect the media and visual communication landscape.

Learn how to present a wide range of visual and communication design solutions for a client brief. You will also gain the skills needed to execute graphic design plans. Communicate through stories, dialogues and sensory experience.

Professional Accreditation

From day one of your studies, you become part of the graphic design industry. You’ll receive a membership with the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA). AGDA is the peak professional body for Graphic Design professionals in Australia.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of North Coast TAFE.

Explore. Capture. Connect.

Discover how to create integrated campaigns and design for various platforms. You'll learn relevant industry skills from practising designers, and you’ll graduate with a polished portfolio showcasing your best work.

Explore. Discover how to match the motivations of your clients to your creative vision for their product or service. Learn how to execute this via the design process.

Capture. Gain the broad-ranging skills you need to work in this challenging and inspiring industry. Work alongside top trainers to gain enhanced qualifications.

Connect. Nail that brief. Play with concepts and art in an effective and unconventional way. Brainstorm and develop studio skills and attributes to pick up on trends and ideas.

If you have some prior knowledge or experience in graphic design, this course will build on your knowledge and skills. Many Graphic designers work in full time, part time or casual roles, on contracts or as freelancers. This diploma will not only give you the technical skills to work in the industry but it will cover thinking around business and client engagement. Discover how to take in factors that reflect the media and visual communication landscape.

Learn how to present a wide range of visual and communication design solutions for a client brief. You will also gain the skills needed to execute graphic design plans. Communicate through stories, dialogues and sensory experience.

Professional Accreditation

From day one of your studies, you become part of the graphic design industry. You’ll receive a membership with the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA). AGDA is the peak professional body for Graphic Design professionals in Australia.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of North Coast TAFE.

Course number D0105
Qualification name CUV50311 Diploma of Graphic Design
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Activities, Forum Discussions, Peer Reviews, Portfolio, Presentations, Projects, Research Projects, Written Assessments
Fee for service option awarded by
  • North Coast TAFE (Provider number: 90010)

Explore. Capture. Connect.

Discover how to create integrated campaigns and design for various platforms. You'll learn relevant industry skills from practising designers, and you’ll graduate with a polished portfolio showcasing your best work.

Explore. Discover how to match the motivations of your clients to your creative vision for their product or service. Learn how to execute this via the design process.

Capture. Gain the broad-ranging skills you need to work in this challenging and inspiring industry. Work alongside top trainers to gain enhanced qualifications.

Connect. Nail that brief. Play with concepts and art in an effective and unconventional way. Brainstorm and develop studio skills and attributes to pick up on trends and ideas.

If you have some prior knowledge or experience in graphic design, this course will build on your knowledge and skills. Many Graphic designers work in full time, part time or casual roles, on contracts or as freelancers. This diploma will not only give you the technical skills to work in the industry but it will cover thinking around business and client engagement. Discover how to take in factors that reflect the media and visual communication landscape.

Learn how to present a wide range of visual and communication design solutions for a client brief. You will also gain the skills needed to execute graphic design plans. Communicate through stories, dialogues and sensory experience.

Professional Accreditation

From day one of your studies, you become part of the graphic design industry. You’ll receive a membership with the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA). AGDA is the peak professional body for Graphic Design professionals in Australia.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of North Coast TAFE.

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of North Coast TAFE may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW. Students studying through Open Colleges are not subject to TAFE NSW grading criteria, receiving an ungraded outcome for Units of Competency and Qualifications successfully completed. Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

 

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of North Coast TAFE may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW. Students studying through Open Colleges are not subject to TAFE NSW grading criteria, receiving an ungraded outcome for Units of Competency and Qualifications successfully completed.

Fee For Service Schedule

Module 1: Design and Visual Communication

  • Acquire and develop technical skills
  • Develop conceptual skills and ideas
  • Develop own voice
  • Evaluate own work
  • Research work opportunities
  • Analyse ideas for communication to others
  • Provoke response and reaction
  • Debate and discuss ideas
  • Evaluate and explore needs and opportunities
  • Develop a range of creative approaches
  • Refine concepts
  • Develop concepts to an operational level
  • Evaluate current practice for environmental sustainability
  • Conserve resources in own practice
  • Make sustainable design decisions
  • Maintain currency of knowledge on sustainability issues and options

Module 2: Craft & Making - Generating Ideas and Visualisation

  • Evaluate the role of drawing in professional practice
  • Support practice through experimentation with drawing and visual representation
  • Develop individual approach to use of drawing
  • Explore the potential of photomedia in own work
  • Experiment with photomedia
  • Create and present finished photomedia work
  • Evaluate work

Module 3: Context: Cultural Theory and Audience Alignment

  • Select focus for research
  • Conduct critical analysis
  • Present ideas about visual communication history and theory
  • Develop own practice from research
  • Confirm product or service market
  • Assess the reasons for existing levels of consumer interest
  • Recommend a focus of appeal for marketing strategies for a product or service

Module 4: Interpret and Design: Visual Conceptualisation

  • Interpret briefs for 2-D and 3-D work
  • Collaborate and liaise with others
  • Develop and present ideas for 2-D and 3-D work
  • Plan and organise the production of work
  • Realise 2-D and 3-D designs
  • Finalise artwork
  • Evaluate own work
  • Research type as visual communication
  • Analyse design needs
  • Develop ideas for typographic solutions
  • Manipulate and integrate type
  • Integrate type within the overall design
  • Evaluate typographic design solutions
  • Establish design requirements
  • Develop and refine design brief
  • Negotiate terms and conditions

Module 5: Concepts: Refine Ideas, Create for Contemporary Design Frameworks

  • Interpret a creative brief
  • Create a mass print media advertisement
  • Interpret a creative brief
  • Create a radio advertisement
  • Create a television or cinema advertisement
  • Create an internet, web or podcast advertisement
  • Research digital technologies
  • Select digital technologies for in-depth exploration
  • Integrate technologies into own work
  • Manage digital technologies in professional practice
  • Determine project requirements
  • Research and select web environments
  • Draft design specifications
  • Review and confirm design specifications

Module 6: Generating Visuals for the Audience

  • Analyse design needs
  • Develop and refine ideas for graphics
  • Manipulate graphic objects
  • Finalise technical aspects of graphics work
  • Evaluate graphics work
  • Analyse design needs
  • Develop and refine layout ideas
  • Create and manipulate layouts
  • Evaluate design work
  • Finalise technical aspects

Module 7: Professional Practice and Self-Promotion

  • Develop an industry focus for design practice
  • Address key legal and safety requirements for graphic design practice
  • Research and evaluate graphic design trends
  • Develop skills to meet trends
  • Develop own response to changing trends and technologies
  • Evaluate and select presentation options
  • Plan presentation of work
  • Create presentation
  • Review and update presentation

Education

To enter this qualification, you need to be able to demonstrate graphic design skills to support learning at the Diploma level. In particular, you need to be able to:

  • Produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges
  • Engage with the design process by developing design solutions through research, reflection and the generation and refinement of ideas
  • Produce typography that supports the overall design solution
  • Show examples of computer skills using graphic design industry
  • Software, which may include multi-page layout and digital manipulation
  • Apply knowledge of graphic design trends and technologies.

These skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

You can demonstrate that you have these skills by:

  • Completion of a Certificate IV in a field related to Graphic Design, such as printing or graphic arts OR
  • Completion of the Preparatory Skill Set for Professional Graphic Design Practice OR
  • Submission of a portfolio of multiple examples of your graphic design work as evidence to demonstrate that you possess the skills outlined above.

Portfolio Requirements

  • You may be required to submit a portfolio of your graphic design work in order to meet the entry requirements for this qualification.
  • Your portfolio needs to contain work that demonstrate your skills in each of three categories:
  • Visuals: provide 3-5 examples of drawing (such as sketching, ideas, journals), photography (e.g. people, places, objects) and graphics (like logos, illustrations, CD covers, packaging etc)
  • Computer Skills: provide 3-5 examples that demonstrate your computer skills using design industry software – these could include multi-page layouts and image manipulation
  • Typography: provide 3-5 examples of typography as part of a graphic design solution or design challenge. Examples could be Headlines, expressive type or calligraphy.

You’ll need to provide 3-5 different examples per category, along with a written 1 page rationale and description of your work that explains the process behind the selection of your multiple examples of design work. After you submit your portfolio of creative work, we’ll assess it against the above criteria and let you know if you meet the entry requirements for this qualification.

For more information about the portfolio, including complete submission instructions, download more information here or contact us to find out more.

Education pathway

It is recommended that people entering this qualification possess a Certificate IV qualification (or equivalent vocational expertise) in a field related to graphic design, such as printing or graphic arts. Other qualifications in design, information technology and screen and media may also be relevant. The Preparatory Skill Set for Professional Graphic Design Practice is also a suitable pathway.

If you feel you do not meet the requirements, contact us for information on how you might obtain the relevant qualifications.

Minimum Age

You will need to be at least 18 years old

English

This course involves reading learner guides and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

Learners will need to have proficient computing skills to undertake this course. This includes the ability to:

  • Use the computer, mouse and keyboard with proficiency in skills required to integrate software packages, save files and search the internet
  • Use the computer and design software (Adobe Creative Suite) for creating designs
  • Attach and use peripheral devices such as a scanner, digital camera, media storage (e.g., flash drive for design storage)
  • Scan hand drawn conceptual images
  • Save a compressed file (.zip)
  • Save a PDF File
  • Learners that do not possess these skills will be directed to undertake a relevant Open Colleges Skill Builder course.

Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 4GB of RAM – 8GB is recommended
  • 15GB available hard disc space for installation; additional free space is required during installation.
  • 1280 x 800 display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OS X v 10.6.8 or v 10.7
  • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Intel Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Open GL 2.0 – capable system
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for HTML 5 media playback and multimedia features
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 software required to export SWF files

Additional

This course requires the use of design industry software. You will need access to the Adobe Creative Suite, which can be purchased on subscription through the Adobe Creative Cloud (ACC). The ACC subscription is not included in the course fee. Student subscriptions are available at a reduced price. Refer to the Adobe website www.adobe.com.au.

Additional equipment

To complete this course you will need:

  • Access to an A3 and A2 printer or photocopier
  • Access to a high resolution colour printer and scanner
  • Bic #2 retractable and refillable pencils
  • Eraser
  • Drawing paper (A3 and A4)

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Education

To enter this qualification, you need to be able to demonstrate graphic design skills to support learning at the Diploma level. In particular, you need to be able to:

  • Produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges
  • Engage with the design process by developing design solutions through research, reflection and the generation and refinement of ideas
  • Produce typography that supports the overall design solution
  • Show examples of computer skills using graphic design industry
  • Software, which may include multi-page layout and digital manipulation
  • Apply knowledge of graphic design trends and technologies.

These skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

You can demonstrate that you have these skills by:

  • Completion of a Certificate IV in a field related to Graphic Design, such as printing or graphic arts OR
  • Completion of the Preparatory Skill Set for Professional Graphic Design Practice OR
  • Submission of a portfolio of multiple examples of your graphic design work as evidence to demonstrate that you possess the skills outlined above.

Portfolio Requirements

  • You may be required to submit a portfolio of your graphic design work in order to meet the entry requirements for this qualification.
  • Your portfolio needs to contain work that demonstrate your skills in each of three categories:
  • Visuals: provide 3-5 examples of drawing (such as sketching, ideas, journals), photography (e.g. people, places, objects) and graphics (like logos, illustrations, CD covers, packaging etc)
  • Computer Skills: provide 3-5 examples that demonstrate your computer skills using design industry software – these could include multi-page layouts and image manipulation
  • Typography: provide 3-5 examples of typography as part of a graphic design solution or design challenge. Examples could be Headlines, expressive type or calligraphy.

You’ll need to provide 3-5 different examples per category, along with a written 1 page rationale and description of your work that explains the process behind the selection of your multiple examples of design work. After you submit your portfolio of creative work, we’ll assess it against the above criteria and let you know if you meet the entry requirements for this qualification.

For more information about the portfolio, including complete submission instructions, download more information here or contact us to find out more.

Education pathway

It is recommended that people entering this qualification possess a Certificate IV qualification (or equivalent vocational expertise) in a field related to graphic design, such as printing or graphic arts. Other qualifications in design, information technology and screen and media may also be relevant. The Preparatory Skill Set for Professional Graphic Design Practice is also a suitable pathway.

If you feel you do not meet the requirements, contact us for information on how you might obtain the relevant qualifications.

Minimum Age

You will need to be at least 18 years old

English

This course involves reading learner guides and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

Learners will need to have proficient computing skills to undertake this course. This includes the ability to:

  • Use the computer, mouse and keyboard with proficiency in skills required to integrate software packages, save files and search the internet
  • Use the computer and design software (Adobe Creative Suite) for creating designs
  • Attach and use peripheral devices such as a scanner, digital camera, media storage (e.g., flash drive for design storage)
  • Scan hand drawn conceptual images
  • Save a compressed file (.zip)
  • Save a PDF File
  • Learners that do not possess these skills will be directed to undertake a relevant Open Colleges Skill Builder course.

Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 4GB of RAM – 8GB is recommended
  • 15GB available hard disc space for installation; additional free space is required during installation.
  • 1280 x 800 display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OS X v 10.6.8 or v 10.7
  • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Intel Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Open GL 2.0 – capable system
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for HTML 5 media playback and multimedia features
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 software required to export SWF files

Additional

This course requires the use of design industry software. You will need access to the Adobe Creative Suite, which can be purchased on subscription through the Adobe Creative Cloud (ACC). The ACC subscription is not included in the course fee. Student subscriptions are available at a reduced price. Refer to the Adobe website www.adobe.com.au.

Additional equipment

To complete this course you will need:

  • Access to an A3 and A2 printer or photocopier
  • Access to a high resolution colour printer and scanner
  • Bic #2 retractable and refillable pencils
  • Eraser
  • Drawing paper (A3 and A4)

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

For full list of requirements, download a FREE Course Guide

Membership

Students of this course will receive a membership to these organisation(s)

The Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) is the peak professional body for Graphic Design professionals in Australia.

From day one of your studies, you become part of the graphic design industry. You’ll receive a membership with the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA). AGDA is the peak professional body for Graphic Design professionals in Australia.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with North Coast TAFE (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by North Coast TAFE.

April Solomon

As a child, April would spend her free time illustrating and writing copy for imaginary ads and magazines. She has now turned her childhood dreams in to reality! April has enjoyed an extensive career as a graphic designer, having worked in magazine publishing, advertising, design studios and in-house for large brand retailers in Australia and London. In 2011, she moved into the education and training sector to pass on her passion to the upcoming generation of graphic designers. She is a self-professed typography and Photoshop nerd who is now applying her technical and design nous to web design. She believes that learning never stops and sharing knowledge with others fuels one’s own creativity.

Isobelle Pover

I'm a creative designer using a large palette of materials and mediums. I have a 'hands-on' approach and use new technology tools to push the mediums and pathways of project work. The multi-disciplinary design experience I have, resonates in cross-functional visual communications to utilise design thinking and project planning. The synthesis of design ideation, production experiences, ongoing learning and qualification are realised in a holistic approach to design deliverables. My design and photography experience looks at how and why branded cultures work, sees opportunities with new technologies, materials and production techniques for possibilities with competitive edges. "Projects create noise, with a ripple effect to energise a marketplace."

Karl O'Keeffe

As a creative arts all-rounder, Karl has over 10 years of experience as a designer, educator, illustrator and artist. He has specialised in printmaking, with a particular focus on screen-printing. Karl is an advocate of accessible education, and is involved in the promotion of education as means to enrich the lifestyle of individuals, and of the wider community.

Prior to joining Open Colleges, Karl taught creative arts at Box Hill Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Multimedia Design, and is known to never turn down a printmaking workshop.

Susanna Fedele

Susanna holds a Bachelor of Arts (Design) and has a strong love of the creative. With over 18 years of experience, Susanna has worked in publishing, web and studio environments. She has had the good fortune to work with a number of Australian music professionals, developing artwork for their album releases. Her skills and knowledge span corporate and retail design, to packaging, and publications for a range of industries. These include music, movies and entertainment, as well as the corporate and private sectors. In addition to her graphic design qualifications, Susanna holds a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and looks forward to working with her students to help develop their skills and encourage them on their path to creativity.

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