In a nutshell
If you’ve always been interested in aesthetics and design, and would like to pursue a career in the graphic design industry, then this CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design qualification from Open Colleges could be just what you’re looking for.
This course prepares individuals for roles such as Junior Graphic or Digital Designer, Freelance Designer, or Content Developer by teaching them all aspects of graphic design.
Through the program, students will learn how to use technical, creative, and conceptual skills to develop designs that meet client requirements and solve various visual communication challenges.
The course is designed to ensure that students are job-ready, with real-world-focused assessments that expose them to different types of design briefs and graphic design roles. Additionally, participants will create a portfolio of work that demonstrates their skills, ideas, creativity, and ability to meet client briefs, which they can use when seeking employment or clients.
PLEASE NOTE – Open Colleges is a privately-run RTO, not government-run like a TAFE, so they cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.
What you’ll need
Mandatory local entry requirements
To enter this qualification, students need to be able to demonstrate and/or provide evidence of their graphic design skills and ability. Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience or formal study.
Students need to be able to:
- Produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges
- Produce typography that supports the overall design solution
- Use graphic design software
Students should have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to read and comprehend technical terms design terms, learn complex design task in an online self-paced environment, and communicate effectively through email. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete a qualification at Certificate IV level or higher (ACSF levels: Learning - Level 4; Reading, writing, oral communication & numeracy – Level 3).
You will need to be at least 18 years old.
Equipment and tools
- 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.
While completing the CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design qualification from Open Colleges, you may study the following subjects:
- CUAGRD503 - Produce typographic design solutions
- CUAGRD514 - Create and manipulate graphics
- CUAACD411 - Integrate colour theory and design processes
- CUAGRD501 - Research visual communication history and theory
- CUAACD531 - Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
- CUAILL401 - Develop and refine illustrative work
- CUAGRD617 - Develop graphic designs for branding and identity
- CUAGRD515 - Design and manipulate complex layouts
- CUAGRD502 - Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications
- CUAPHI524 - Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
- CUADES512 - Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
- BSBMKG551 - Create multi-platform advertisements for mass media
- CUAACD522 - Work with photo media in creative practice
- CUADIG519 - Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
- CUADIG516 - Design interactions
- CUAIND412 - Provide freelance services
- CUAGRD516 - Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs
- CUADES413 - Develop and extend design skills and practice
- CUAPPR513 - Present a body of own creative work
Why Open Colleges?
Open Colleges has been helping Australians realise their potential for over 125 years, and they're now one of Australia's leaders in online education. In the last decade alone, they've helped over 450,000 students gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.
The common misconception is that studying online means that you’re studying alone, but at Open Colleges, they take great pride in the superior support provided to their students. They make it easy for you to get support when you need it with their student support team available Monday to Friday via email, phone and Live Chat and on the weekends, via Live Chat (when available). They’re here, in tandem with trainers and assessors, to make sure you’re supported the whole way through your course, from the time you enrol right through to your graduation.