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Design & technology

Diploma of Graphic Design

SKU:CUA50720

It’s time to unlock your potential. Begin a career in Graphic Design and get paid to be creative. This hands-on course has all you need to graduate industry-ready and fully equipped to start your career as a Graphic Designer.
  • Flexible payment options
  • Study to fit into your routine
  • Nationally recognised accreditation
  • Start studying as soon as you enrol
  • No exams, ever.
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Diploma of Graphic Design

Intro to Diploma of Graphic Design

Put Your Dreams to Paper

Our nationally recognised CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design is designed to combine the technical, creative and conceptual skills you need to create designs that meet client requirements. You’ll learn the fundamentals of graphic design, and move to the more advanced practices of digital design, as well as UX, branding and freelancing.

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Job Outcomes

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

Job Skills

  • Typography
  • Graphics work
  • Illustrative work
  • 2-D and 3-D work
  • Team work
  • Effective communications
  • Photoshop
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Course breakdown

What you’ll learn in this course

This qualification focuses on the essential skills you will need to step into a role as a Graphic or Digital Designer, Freelance Designer or Content Developer. Learn typography and visual communications, 2D design, concept design, business skills, as well as drawing and illustration skills.

Diploma of Graphic Design

CUAGRD503
Produce typographic design solutions
  • 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
CUAGRD514
Create and manipulate graphics
  • Analyse design needs 
  • Develop and refine ideas for graphics 
  • Create graphic objects 
  • Finalise technical aspects of graphics work 
  • Evaluate graphics work 
CUAACD411
Integrate colour theory and design processes
  • Research information on colour theory and design processes
  • Communicate ideas through the application of colour and design theory
  • Evaluate design work
CUAGRD501
Research visual communication history and theory
  • Select focus for research
  • Conduct critical analysis
  • Present ideas about visual communication history and theory
  • Develop own practice from research
CUAACD531
Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
  • Evaluate the role of drawing in professional practice 
  • Support and develop practice through experimentation with drawing and visual representation 
  • Assess individual approach to the use of drawing 
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What ever your reason for study, our courses are
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  • No exams, ever.

    We mean it. Instead, assessments range from open book multiple choice quizzes, portfolios, videos & written assessments

  • Flexible study to fit into your routine

    Study anywhere at any time with 24/7 access to your units.

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    Our courses are curated to maintain engagement across video, written content, assignments & audio.

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How quickly do you want to finish your course?

  • 24 months
  • 18 months
  • 12 months
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  • Daily routine
  • 06:30 am - 07:45 am

    Morning coffee + Study session

  • 07:45 am - 09:00 am

    Morning routine + Commute

  • 09:00 am - 01:00 pm

    Work

  • 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

    Lunch + Study

  • 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

    Work

  • 05:00 pm - 06:30 pm

    Evening routine

  • 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Study session

  • 08:30 pm - 09:15 pm

    Study break

  • 09:15 pm - 10:30 pm

    Study session

  • 10:30 pm - onwards

    Relax

Study for a minimum 30 hours per week to complete modules in 12 months

  • Daily routine
  • 06:30 am - 07:45 am

    Morning coffee + Study session

  • 07:45 am - 09:00 am

    Morning routine + Commute

  • 09:00 am - 01:00 pm

    Work

  • 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

    Lunch + Study

  • 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

    Work

  • 05:00 pm - 06:30 pm

    Evening routine

  • 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Study session

  • 08:30 pm - onwards

    Relax

Study for a minimum 20 hours per week to complete modules in 18 months

  • Daily routine
  • 06:30 am - 07:45 am

    Morning coffee + Study session

  • 07:45 am - 09:00 am

    Morning routine + Commute

  • 09:00 am - 01:00 pm

    Work

  • 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

    Lunch + Study

  • 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

    Work

  • 05:00 pm - 06:30 pm

    Evening routine

  • 06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

    Study session

  • 07:30 pm - onwards

    Relax

Study for a minimum 15 hours per week to complete modules in 24 months

Your course may include work placement which will be completed in addition to weekly study blocks.

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Your trainer

MD 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.
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MD Faridul Islam

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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 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I do freelance work?

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Yes, you can! Upon completion of this course, you can pursue work as a Freelance. Freelancing offers opportunities to work on diverse projects, collaborate with different clients, and manage your own schedule.

Do I have to pay additional for the software - Adobe creative suite - or is it provided?

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Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) is not typically free for students. However, Adobe offers special pricing and discounts for students and educators through their Adobe Creative Cloud for Education program. This program provides access to the full suite of Adobe Creative Cloud applications at a discounted rate. To take advantage of student pricing, you usually need to provide proof of your enrolment in Open Colleges, such as a valid student ID, or enrolment confirmation. It's recommended to visit the Adobe website or contact Adobe customer support for the most up-to-date information on student pricing and eligibility.

What devices do I need for the Graphic Design course?

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The specific device requirements for a graphic design course can vary, but generally, you will need a computer with adequate specifications. Most graphic design software, such as Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.), run on both Windows and macOS operating systems. Therefore, you can choose a computer that suits your preference. It's recommended to have a computer with a decent processor, sufficient RAM, and ample storage space. Additionally, having a graphics tablet can be beneficial for more precise digital drawing and illustration work.

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was $12,670.00
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Save 9%
Pay in 110 instalments over the length of your course.
$104.27 Weekly
Total course cost: $11,470.00
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was $12,670.00
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