'Aspire, Step, Engage'
If you are interested in studying graphic design at advanced levels but lack the basic skills and portfolio, Aspire Step Engage is designed to give you both these things and so much more.
This course will give you a direct pathway into the CUV50311 Diploma of Graphic Design as well as credit towards the CUV40311 Certificate IV in Design. Whereas those two courses require certain skills, Aspire Step Engage is suitable for anyone with an interest in art, graphics, typography or design who has basic computing aptitude.
The course features the latest design industry software. During the duration of your studies, you will access the Adobe Creative Cloud with your membership. Use all its functions and start to design your very own basic projects, then move onto more advanced skills in graphic design.
Graphic design is not just about creating art: you need to learn how to respond to a client’s brief and how to manage a broad range of skills across web, branding, print, social media and interactivity. You’ll be taught how to respond to feedback from clients and how to work to time constraints, both valuable assets in the design world.
Aspire Step Engage covers the basic design skills of type, image and colour; introducing you to the design process and its application in the development of design solutions. This course will give you an end-to-end picture of graphic design. You’ll be guided by trainers who are connected to the industry. They can inspire and guide you on your journey while you gain feedback on your work and projects, and connect with other students via OpenSpace.
When you have completed this course, you will have generated a portfolio of design solutions that demonstrates your knowledge and understanding of the design process and your ability to work within a design industry context. This portfolio is yours to keep, share and develop as you progress in your graphic design aspirations.
- direct entry to CUV50311 Diploma of Graphic Design
- partial credit towards CUV40311 Certificate IV in Design
- seek work as a graphic design project assistant (or similar role)
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- Max 6 months
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- Nationally recognised in Australia
- Knowledge tests, Portfolio, Tasks, Written Reports
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- Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)
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 to the course guide for current information about the course and its status.
This is an entry level course, suitable for most new students.
You will need to have completed the equivalent of Australian Year 10. Equivalency can be demonstrated by having a qualification at Certificate II level or higher or two years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
Minimum Age Requirements
You will need to be at least 18 years old to undertake this course.
English Language Requirements
This course requires you to read comprehensive learner workbooks, undertake a range of written assessments and engage in online discussion forums. Furthermore, the course relies on the extensive use of written communication. Entry to the course requires English proficiency equivalent to an Australian Year 10 level (see Education Requirements for equivalency) or completion of an approved English language test:
IELTSOverall score of 5.5TOEFL530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)12 months in English-speaking employmentTestimonial, statutory declaration
You 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
- attach and use peripheral devices such as a scanner, digital camera, media storage (for example, a flash drive for design storage)
- scan hand drawn conceptual images
- save a compressed file (.zip)
- save a PDF File
Minimum specifications for your computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
- broadband internet connection
- 4GB of RAM – 8GB is recommended
- 10.5GB available hard disc space for installation; additional free space is required during installation
- DVD – ROM drive – compatible with duel layer DVDs
- 1280 x 800 display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM
- access to an A3 and A2 printer or photocopier
- access to a high resolution colour printer and scanner
Mac OS users:
- Mac OS X v 10.6.8 or v 10.7
- Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support
- 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
You will need access to a digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
To complete this course you will need:
- Bic #2 retractable and refillable pencils
- black fineliner pen, 0.4 lightweight
- metric 30cm metal ruler
- drawing/layout/cartridge papers (A3 and A4)
Adobe Creative Cloud
You are required to arrange a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud which will provide all software, technical support and training material for Adobe Creative Suite. Open Colleges students are eligible for Creative Cloud Student Edition, which will be at your own cost. See www.adobe.com.au for more information.
Students who complete this course will gain a direct pathway into the CUV50311 Diploma of Graphic Design and be able to gain credit towards the CUV40311 Certificate IV in Design.
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."
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