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Graphic Design Pathway Program

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Course Description

Want to be a graphic designer, but have no experience? Open Colleges Graphic Design Pathway is the answer! Combining the entry-level Graphic Design Essentials with the Diploma of Graphic Design, the Pathway covers everything you need to step straight into the professional design industry when you graduate:

  • You’ll cover all the design basics including: typography, image, colour and tools, before moving on to master client briefs, advanced digital design, technical skills and creative practice.
  • Responding to the demands of the industry, the Pathway has units which explore the highly prized skills of user experience, digital design, and company branding and identity.
  • During your studies you will build a portfolio of work that will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the design process to potential employers and clients.
  • Designed to get you ready to launch into the industry, the Pathway also includes the module ‘Your own practice’. During this module you will learn to master your own work, compete in a digital world and effectively market yourself and your work.

This course is superseded by CUA50720 - Diploma of Graphic Design.  For now, you may still enrol in this course, and we will transition you to the new course at no additional cost once it is available. We’ll be in touch closer to our launch date to give you more information about what this means for you. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, as our friendly Enrolment Consultants are always happy to help.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

Potential career outcomes

  • Assistant Web/Digital Designer
  • Graphic Operator
  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Junior Mac Operator
  • Package Designer

Course Details

Course number E1363
Qualification name CUA50715 Graphic Design Pathway Program
Course duration Maximum 27 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Demonstrations, Multiple choice questions, Portfolio of evidence, Presentations, Projects, Scenario-based questions, Short-answer questions, Visual diaries, Written reports
Awarded by Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)

Requirements

Entry Requirements

Education Requirements

As this is a pathway program, there are no formal entry requirements.

Minimum Age Requirements

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English Language Requirements

This course requires you to read comprehensive learning content, interpret a range of assessments, undertake research and engage in online discussion forums. As such, entry to the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level.

OC recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standards. OC will endeavour to provide assistance to learners who experience difficulties with these skills.

Education Pathway

This is an entry-level course, suitable for new students of graphic design. Basic computer skills are needed.

Computing Requirements

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
  • 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
  • If you do not possess these skills you will be directed to do a relevant Open Colleges Skill Builder Course.
  • Students need to have access to:
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or above
  • Adobe Creative Suite subscription
  • Broadband Internet connection. Please note, ADSL2+ minimum, is recommended due to the volume of downloading and uploading large files required by the course.
  • RAM: 8GB minimum. 16GB is recommended
  • 1280 x 800 display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Access to a printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • File compression software
  • Hard disc storage 1T. or above.
  • Back-up: External Hard drive 1T or above.
  • a Cloud account e.g. google drive, Dropbox
  • A drawing tablet (Wacom) recommended but not required

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX El Capitan v 10.11.4

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 or higher (Windows 10 recommended)
  • 1 .3GHZ minimum or faster processor (2GHz recommended)

Learners require a digital camera or mobile phone with camera and related software for taking photos for design tasks and projects and documenting design processes.

Skill Requirements

To successfully complete this course, you will require the following basic computing skills on enrolment. This includes:

  • Basic skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites/Cloud computing
  • Understanding of participating in online discussions
  • Attach and use peripheral devices such as scanners, digital cameras, media storage (e.g., flash drive for design storage).
  • Saving a compressed file (.zip)
  • Saving a PDF File and multipage PDF’s
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images
  • Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
  • Compressing image audio and video files
  •  It is also highly desirable that entrants have:
  • Familiarity with Internet searches
  • Experience with social media platforms
  • Basic experience with Adobe Creative Cloud software

Equipment & Tools Required

  • 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.

  • A list of recommended readings, online resources and texts will be provided to the student. Students may choose to purchase a text at their own expense.

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.

Subjects

You will complete the Graphic Design Essentials first and then progress to the Diploma of Graphic Design.

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module.

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.

Graphic Design Essentials

  • Elements and principles of design
  • Colour theory
  • Typography
  • The design process
  • The design brief
  • Digital Design - Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

Typography

  • 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

Create and Manipulate Graphics

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

Colour

  • Research information on colour theory and design processes
  • Communicate ideas through the application of colour and design theory
  • Evaluate design work

Research and Visual Communication

  • Select focus for research
  • Conduct critical analysis
  • Present ideas about visual communication history and theory
  • Develop own practice from research

Drawing and Illustration

  • Evaluate the role of drawing in professional practice
  • Support practice through experimentation with drawing and visual representation
  • Develop individual approach to use of drawing
  • Interpret briefs for illustrative work
  • Organise resources
  • Test design approaches for illustrative work
  • Produce finished illustrative work

Branding and Identity

  • Interpret creative briefs
  • Evaluate potential approaches to branding and identity
  • Generate and assess ideas
  • Develop designs to support branding and identity
  • Finalise designs
  • Evaluate design work and process
  • Analyse design needsAnalyse design needs
  • Develop and refine layout ideas
  • Create and manipulate layouts
  • Evaluate design work
  • Finalise technical aspects

Print and Packaging

  •  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
  • Consult with pre-press bureau about formatting requirements
  • Prepare files for pre-press processing
  • Wrap up and review print preparation

Design Briefs

  • Establish design requirements
  • Develop and refine design brief
  • Negotiate terms and conditions
  • Interpret creative brief
  • Create mass print media advertisement
  • Explore the potential of photomedia in own work
  • Experiment with photomedia
  • Create and present finished photomedia work
  • Evaluate work

Digital Design and User Experience (UX)

  • Research digital technologies
  • Select digital technologies for in-depth exploration
  • Integrate technologies into own work
  • Manage digital technologies in professional practice
  • Identify project requirements
  • Generate ideas for interactions
  • Draft interaction design specifications
  • Finalise interaction designs

Your Design Practice

  • Acquire and develop technical skills
  • Develop conceptual skills and ideas
  • Develop own voice
  • Evaluate own work
  • Research work opportunities
  • 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
  • Promote self to potential clients
  • Negotiate work arrangements
  • Manage financial and business aspects of service
  • Undertake strategic planning
  • Evaluate and select presentation options
  • Plan presentation of work
  • Create presentation
  • View and update presentation

Payment Options

Pay in Full

You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 10% discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan.  When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Payment Plan

You can choose to pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Zip Money Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility with your finances and would like to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising Zip Money to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to Zip Money over an agreed period of time. Zip Money provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (dependant on which course you’re enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.

BPAY®

With BPAY®, you’re able to pay quickly and securely, 24/7 through your internet, mobile or phone banking service. You can choose when, how much and from which account to pay from - whatever works for you. BPAY® is only available when paying in full. Call an Enrolment Consultant to find out more. 

BPAY® is a trademark of BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Check if BPAY® is right for you by reading the terms and conditions available from your Financial Institution.

Trainers

Faridul Islam

MD Faridul Islam is the trainer and assessor of Digital Design and Graphic Design. He has been teaching at Open Colleges since April 2018. MD has more than 10 years’ experience in the design industry, including seven years of teaching design in VET. MD has obtained several qualifications from a range of design courses, including; Masters in Digital Design, Graduate Certificate in Design, CIV in Graphic Design, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Screen, and Media and Diploma of Multimedia.

MD has solid industry experience in graphic and digital technology-based designs. His areas of expertise are – logo design, illustration, web design, 3D design, UI/UX, branding and identity, digital design including game development. As a designer, MD believes there is no end of learning. Design is his passion. As a trainer, he learns every day and loves to share his skills among keen design cohorts.

Become an Open Colleges student

Course at a Glance

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Career Outcomes

  • checkAssistant Web/Digital Designer
  • checkGraphic Operator
  • checkJunior Graphic Designer
  • checkJunior Mac Operator
  • checkPackage Designer
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Delivery Method

Online

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Payment

Flexible payment options available

Recognition

Nationally recognised

Nationally Recognised Training

Why study with us?

  • Study at your pace
  • Flexible payment options
  • Nationally recognised accreditation
  • World-class learning platform

Course at a Glance

icon for career outcomes

Career Outcomes

  • checkAssistant Web/Digital Designer
  • checkGraphic Operator
  • checkJunior Graphic Designer
  • checkJunior Mac Operator
  • checkPackage Designer
computer

Delivery Method

Online

credit_score

Payment

Flexible payment options available

Recognition

Nationally recognised

Nationally Recognised Training

Become an Open Colleges student

Want to be a graphic designer, but have no experience? Open Colleges Graphic Design Pathway is the answer! Combining the entry-level Graphic Design Essentials with the Diploma of Graphic Design, the Pathway covers everything you need to step straight into the professional design industry when you graduate:

  • You’ll cover all the design basics including: typography, image, colour and tools, before moving on to master client briefs, advanced digital design, technical skills and creative practice.
  • Responding to the demands of the industry, the Pathway has units which explore the highly prized skills of user experience, digital design, and company branding and identity.
  • During your studies you will build a portfolio of work that will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the design process to potential employers and clients.
  • Designed to get you ready to launch into the industry, the Pathway also includes the module ‘Your own practice’. During this module you will learn to master your own work, compete in a digital world and effectively market yourself and your work.

This course is superseded by CUA50720 - Diploma of Graphic Design.  For now, you may still enrol in this course, and we will transition you to the new course at no additional cost once it is available. We’ll be in touch closer to our launch date to give you more information about what this means for you. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, as our friendly Enrolment Consultants are always happy to help.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

Potential career outcomes

  • Assistant Web/Digital Designer
  • Graphic Operator
  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Junior Mac Operator
  • Package Designer
Course number E1363
Qualification name CUA50715 Graphic Design Pathway Program
Course duration Maximum 27 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Demonstrations, Multiple choice questions, Portfolio of evidence, Presentations, Projects, Scenario-based questions, Short-answer questions, Visual diaries, Written reports
Awarded by Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)

Entry Requirements

Education Requirements

As this is a pathway program, there are no formal entry requirements.

Minimum Age Requirements

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English Language Requirements

This course requires you to read comprehensive learning content, interpret a range of assessments, undertake research and engage in online discussion forums. As such, entry to the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level.

OC recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standards. OC will endeavour to provide assistance to learners who experience difficulties with these skills.

Education Pathway

This is an entry-level course, suitable for new students of graphic design. Basic computer skills are needed.

Computing Requirements

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
  • 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
  • If you do not possess these skills you will be directed to do a relevant Open Colleges Skill Builder Course.
  • Students need to have access to:
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or above
  • Adobe Creative Suite subscription
  • Broadband Internet connection. Please note, ADSL2+ minimum, is recommended due to the volume of downloading and uploading large files required by the course.
  • RAM: 8GB minimum. 16GB is recommended
  • 1280 x 800 display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Access to a printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • File compression software
  • Hard disc storage 1T. or above.
  • Back-up: External Hard drive 1T or above.
  • a Cloud account e.g. google drive, Dropbox
  • A drawing tablet (Wacom) recommended but not required

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX El Capitan v 10.11.4

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 or higher (Windows 10 recommended)
  • 1 .3GHZ minimum or faster processor (2GHz recommended)

Learners require a digital camera or mobile phone with camera and related software for taking photos for design tasks and projects and documenting design processes.

Skill Requirements

To successfully complete this course, you will require the following basic computing skills on enrolment. This includes:

  • Basic skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites/Cloud computing
  • Understanding of participating in online discussions
  • Attach and use peripheral devices such as scanners, digital cameras, media storage (e.g., flash drive for design storage).
  • Saving a compressed file (.zip)
  • Saving a PDF File and multipage PDF’s
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images
  • Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
  • Compressing image audio and video files
  •  It is also highly desirable that entrants have:
  • Familiarity with Internet searches
  • Experience with social media platforms
  • Basic experience with Adobe Creative Cloud software

Equipment & Tools Required

  • 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.

  • A list of recommended readings, online resources and texts will be provided to the student. Students may choose to purchase a text at their own expense.

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.

You will complete the Graphic Design Essentials first and then progress to the Diploma of Graphic Design.

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module.

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.

Graphic Design Essentials

  • Elements and principles of design
  • Colour theory
  • Typography
  • The design process
  • The design brief
  • Digital Design - Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

Typography

  • 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

Create and Manipulate Graphics

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

Colour

  • Research information on colour theory and design processes
  • Communicate ideas through the application of colour and design theory
  • Evaluate design work

Research and Visual Communication

  • Select focus for research
  • Conduct critical analysis
  • Present ideas about visual communication history and theory
  • Develop own practice from research

Drawing and Illustration

  • Evaluate the role of drawing in professional practice
  • Support practice through experimentation with drawing and visual representation
  • Develop individual approach to use of drawing
  • Interpret briefs for illustrative work
  • Organise resources
  • Test design approaches for illustrative work
  • Produce finished illustrative work

Branding and Identity

  • Interpret creative briefs
  • Evaluate potential approaches to branding and identity
  • Generate and assess ideas
  • Develop designs to support branding and identity
  • Finalise designs
  • Evaluate design work and process
  • Analyse design needsAnalyse design needs
  • Develop and refine layout ideas
  • Create and manipulate layouts
  • Evaluate design work
  • Finalise technical aspects

Print and Packaging

  •  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
  • Consult with pre-press bureau about formatting requirements
  • Prepare files for pre-press processing
  • Wrap up and review print preparation

Design Briefs

  • Establish design requirements
  • Develop and refine design brief
  • Negotiate terms and conditions
  • Interpret creative brief
  • Create mass print media advertisement
  • Explore the potential of photomedia in own work
  • Experiment with photomedia
  • Create and present finished photomedia work
  • Evaluate work

Digital Design and User Experience (UX)

  • Research digital technologies
  • Select digital technologies for in-depth exploration
  • Integrate technologies into own work
  • Manage digital technologies in professional practice
  • Identify project requirements
  • Generate ideas for interactions
  • Draft interaction design specifications
  • Finalise interaction designs

Your Design Practice

  • Acquire and develop technical skills
  • Develop conceptual skills and ideas
  • Develop own voice
  • Evaluate own work
  • Research work opportunities
  • 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
  • Promote self to potential clients
  • Negotiate work arrangements
  • Manage financial and business aspects of service
  • Undertake strategic planning
  • Evaluate and select presentation options
  • Plan presentation of work
  • Create presentation
  • View and update presentation

Pay in Full

You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 10% discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan.  When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Payment Plan

You can choose to pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Zip Money Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility with your finances and would like to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising Zip Money to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to Zip Money over an agreed period of time. Zip Money provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (dependant on which course you’re enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.

BPAY®

With BPAY®, you’re able to pay quickly and securely, 24/7 through your internet, mobile or phone banking service. You can choose when, how much and from which account to pay from - whatever works for you. BPAY® is only available when paying in full. Call an Enrolment Consultant to find out more. 

BPAY® is a trademark of BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Check if BPAY® is right for you by reading the terms and conditions available from your Financial Institution.

Faridul Islam

MD Faridul Islam is the trainer and assessor of Digital Design and Graphic Design. He has been teaching at Open Colleges since April 2018. MD has more than 10 years’ experience in the design industry, including seven years of teaching design in VET. MD has obtained several qualifications from a range of design courses, including; Masters in Digital Design, Graduate Certificate in Design, CIV in Graphic Design, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Screen, and Media and Diploma of Multimedia.

MD has solid industry experience in graphic and digital technology-based designs. His areas of expertise are – logo design, illustration, web design, 3D design, UI/UX, branding and identity, digital design including game development. As a designer, MD believes there is no end of learning. Design is his passion. As a trainer, he learns every day and loves to share his skills among keen design cohorts.

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