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Diploma of Graphic Design

CUA50715

Diploma of Graphic Design – CUA50715

Course Overview

Consolidate your career as a Graphic Designer with the Diploma of Graphic Design.

Build strong technical expertise in finished art, and become a professional user of industry-standard software such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

You'll learn to create websites, page layouts, and typography according to a design brief, and will also fine-tune your skills in photography, 2D and 3D work, illustration, interactive graphics, and graphic design pre-press.

We also work with local industry and businesses to bring innovative and challenging projects to the classroom, so you have an opportunity to build your skill base on real-life projects with a range of requirements.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course will prepare you to work in the design industry as a fully qualified Graphic Designer.

Armed with advanced skills in design theory and practice, you'll have the opportunity to take your skills to any location as a freelancer, or work across a range of different industries as an in-house designer. Practitioners may work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in Graphic Design at an Advanced Diploma or university level.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Starts Tue 21st July, 3 days a week (Tue,Thu,Fri),9am - 5pm, On Campus / 2020

On Campus, Start 16/2/2021, 3 days/week (Tue,Thu,Fri), 9am - 5pm / 2020

On Campus, Start 20/07/2021, 3 days/week (Tue,Thu,Fri), 9am - 5pm / 2020

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Starts Mon 20th July, 3 days a week (Mon,Tue,Thur), 9am - 5pm, On Campus / 2020

On Campus, Start 15/02/2021, 3 days/week (Mon,Tue,Thu), 9am - 5pm / 2020

On Campus, Start 19/07/2021, 3 days/week (Mon,Tue,Thu), 9am - 5pm / 2020

1. Subsidised Standard
$5,432.00
2. Full Fee
$12,768.00
Course Materials
$672.00
Student Services Fees (per year)
$70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Training package entry requirements

To undertake 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.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course.
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.
  • Present 8-10 examples of creative work at the interview stage.

It is also recommended that students possess a Certificate IV qualification (or equivalent vocational expertise) in graphic design or closely aligned discipline.

Core Units
BSBDES403
Develop and extend design skills and practice
CUAACD501
Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAGRD501
Research visual communication history and theory
CUAGRD502
Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications
CUAGRD503
Produce typographic design solutions
CUAGRD504
Create and manipulate graphics
CUAGRD505
Design and manipulate complex layouts
CUAGRD506
Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs
CUAPPR503
Present a body of own creative work
Elective Units
BSBDES402
Interpret and respond to a design brief
BSBDES501
Implement design solutions
CUAACD506
Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAACD507
Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
CUAACD512
Work with photomedia in creative practice
CUADIG402
Design User Interfaces
CUADIG405
Produce Innovative Digital Images
CUAGRD603
Extend Typographic Design Expertise
SITXICT401
Build and launch a small business website

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical tasks
  • Projects
  • Demonstrations
  • Observation
  • Written tasks
  • Portfolios

Material fees apply to this program. Students are to supply their own basic tools and equipment (tape, glue, pencils etc). A list of these tools and equipment is supplied to students during the Pre-Training Review.

Craig Murphy

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 over an 18-month period. Students attend campus for classes 2 days per week, from 9am - 4/5pm. Part-time enrolment is available after consultation with the department, however preference is given to full-time students.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

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

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.

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