In a nutshell
If you’ve always been interested in a career in graphic design but have no previous experience in the industry, then this Graphic Design Pathway Program from Open Colleges could be just what you’re looking for. The course combines the D0121 Graphic Design Essentials with the CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design giving you a fast-track to a graphic design career.
The CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design encompasses comprehensive training in all facets of graphic design, which is essential to assume a position as a Junior Graphic or Digital Designer, Freelance Designer or Content Developer. Participants will learn how to combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to develop designs that satisfy client requirements and tackle a range of visual communication challenges.
The program is specifically intended to provide participants with job-ready skills; hence, all assessments have a real-world focus to prepare students for various types of design briefs and graphic design roles that they will encounter after graduation.
Throughout the course, participants will build a portfolio of work that demonstrates their skills, ideas, creativity, and capability to meet client briefs. This portfolio can serve as a valuable resource when approaching potential employers and 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
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
Software Requirement (This is Mandatory Material):
- 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 Graphic Design Pathway Program from Open Colleges, you may study the following subjects:
Graphic Design Essentials
- Elements and principles of design
- Colour theory
- The design process
- The design brief
- Digital Design - Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design
- 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 photomedia 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.