This Open Colleges course provides foundation knowledge about the principles and practice of graphic design. It builds practical skills in using Adobe InDesign software, and may also provide a pathway to employment as a designer.
You will be guided through the basics of desktop publishing, learning, among other skills, how to use fonts, design a corporate logo, produce a newsletter and use images creatively. If you are planning a freelance career in the industry, there are also modules on the business of graphic design such as portfolio creation, client service and printer liaison.
- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 12 months
- Course fees from
- $57.22 per week
- Open Colleges Certificate
- Delivery mode
- Nationally recognised
10 written assessments
- Awarded By
- Open Colleges
Principles of good design
- Avoiding the pitfalls of bad design
- Principles of good design
- Communicating with words and images
- Back to the future: a short history of design
Getting started in Adobe® InDesign®
- Features of InDesign®
- The design process
- Design tools
- Importance of layout grids
- The visual impact of space
- Elements of design
- Creating a business card
Desktop publishing essentials: typography
- Getting the feel of fonts
- Designing with type
- Typesetting with InDesign®
- Editing text for print
- Creating a single-colour letterhead
Promotional design and corporate logos
- Working with colours
- Getting creative with type
- Creating a corporate logo
- Promotional design and document layout
- Newsletter production
- Layout grids
- The newsletter content
- Design tools for emphasis
Getting noticed: creative layouts
- Designing a full-colour brochure
- Psychology of colour
- Creative tools
- Exporting to PDF proof
- Creating master pages
- Creating styles
- Visualising and designing multi-page documents: maintaining style and consistency
Pictures, prepress and print
- Sources of images
- Commissioning photography
- How can you use these images?
- Using pictures creatively
- Preparing images for print
Professional design practice
- Preparing and receiving quotes
- Dealing with printers
- Meeting clients and negotiating deadlines
- Designers' responsibilities
The business of graphic design and desktop publishing
- InDesign® integration with other programs
- Your portfolio
- Graphic design as a business
- Career options
- Principles of good design
Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.
Minimum age of 16 years. If you are under 18 your application must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Students will need access to a computer and the internet. For students who do not have access to either a computer or the internet please contact a student support officer to discuss alternative methods of communication.
Minimum specifications for the computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2003 or equivalent, and
- Microsoft Windows 98, or
- Mac OS X, and
- CD-ROM drive.
Students will also need access to a printer and the following applications:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader and
- Macromedia Flash player.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language and you did not complete the last two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet) 12 months in English-speaking employment Testimonial, statutory declaration
There are no additional requirements for this course.
Upon completion of this course, you will have developed a better understanding of the subject area and be able to put your new skills into practice.
- 3 CD-ROM tutorial kit
- CD installation booklet
- InDesign & CS software
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