Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Code CUA50715
Campus Shepparton - Fryers Street, Wangaratta - Docker Street
Duration 1120 hours

Course Overview

The CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Graphic Designer.

This course focuses on building strong technical expertise in finished art, and enables students to become professional users of the Graphic Design industry standard software (InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop amongst others). Creating web sites, page layouts and typography according to a brief are all components of this course. Areas of study include graphic design pre-press, producing 2D and 3D works, typography, photography, drawing/illustration, web design and interactive graphics.

GOTAFE collaborates with industry and local businesses to provide students with innovative and challenging projects, increasing their capability, knowledge and skill base.

Over 18 months of full time study, the course is delivered in the following subject areas:

  • Digital imaging & Adobe Photoshop
  • Design Practise
  • 3D Design
  • Publication Design
  • Pre-Press
  • New Media
  • Business of Design

This course is delivered on campus in Shepparton and Wangaratta. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the creative or design industry.

Working in this industry may involve working to deadlines and attention to detail.

Further studies
The conceptual and theoretical content in this qualification also supports learning at higher levels. After gaining the CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design graduates may engage in further learning in vocational and higher education through Advanced Diploma and Degree qualifications in graphic design and broader areas of practice, such as digital media or other design disciplines.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – Fryers Street Starts Tue 12th Feb, 2 Days a week, 9am to 5pm / 2019
Wangaratta – Docker Street Starts Tue 12th Feb, 2 Days a week, 9am to 5pm / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face classes and participate in excursions or other organised activities.

Students will be enrolled in a minimum of 1120 hours for full time training. Part-time enrolment is available after consultation with the department, however preference is given to Full-time students.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Deanne Bramley
Location: Shepparton

Name: Michele Hoffman
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 1,120 $4.30 $4,816.00 $6.00 $6,720.00
Full Fee 1,120 $10.25 $11,480.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 1,120 $0.55 $616.00 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
To enter this qualification, individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills and ability 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 industry software

Skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study, for example, completion of the Certificate IV in Graphic Design.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview with department staff to ensure content, outcomes, expectations and course fees are clear to the student.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Be assessed to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • It is a requirement at the interview stage, to present examples of creative work – at least 8-10 pieces.
  • Basic computer literacy is an advantage.
  • It is also recommended that possess a Certificate IV qualification (or equivalent vocational expertise) in graphic design, or closely aligned discipline.
Units of Competency

CUA50715 – Core Units

CUAGRD504 – Create and manipulate graphics
CUAGRD505 – Design and manipulate complex layouts
BSBDES403 – Develop and extend design skills and practice
CUAGRD506 – Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs
CUAPPR503 – Present a body of own creative work
CUAGRD502 – Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications
CUAGRD503 – Produce typographic design solutions
CUAACD501 – Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAGRD501 – Research visual communication history and theory

CUA50715 – Elective Units

SITXICT401 – Build and launch a small business website
BSBADV509 – Create mass print media advertisements
CUADIG403 – Create user interfaces
CUADIG402 – Design User Interfaces
ICPKNW322 – Develop knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry
CUAGRD603 – Extend Typographic Design Expertise
BSBDES501 – Implement design solutions
BSBDES402 – Interpret and respond to a design brief
CUAPHI514 – Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
CUADIG405 – Produce Innovative Digital Images
CUAACD506 – Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAACD507 – Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
CUAACD512 – Work with photomedia in creative practice

Assessment Methods

Students undertake project based assessments and tasks, building to a design portfolio which demonstrates the breadth of skills acquired by students.
Assessment methods may include:

  • practical tasks and projects
  • demonstration
  • observation
  • written
  • portfolio
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

If you would like further details or information, please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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