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Diploma of Graphic Design


Diploma of Graphic Design – CUA50715

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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.

Over 18-months of full time study, you'll gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Digital imaging and Adobe Photoshop
  • Design practice
  • 3D design
  • Publication design
  • Pre-press
  • New media
  • Business of design

We 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.

This course is delivered on campus.

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.

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 18th Feb, 3 days a week (Tue,Thu,Fri),9am - 5pm, On Campus / 2020

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

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Starts Mon 17th Feb, 3 days a week (Mon,Tue,Thur), 9am - 5pm, On Campus / 2020

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

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

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 2020 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 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 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
  • 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
  • It is a requirement at the interview stage, to present examples of creative work – at least 8-10 pieces
  • Basic computer literacy
  • It is also recommended that students possess a Certificate IV qualification (or equivalent vocational expertise) in graphic design, or closely aligned discipline
Core Units
Develop and extend design skills and practice
Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
Research visual communication history and theory
Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications
Produce typographic design solutions
Create and manipulate graphics
Design and manipulate complex layouts
Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs
Present a body of own creative work
Elective Units
Interpret and respond to a design brief
Implement design solutions
Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
Work with photomedia in creative practice
Design User Interfaces
Produce Innovative Digital Images
Extend Typographic Design Expertise
Develop knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry
Build and launch a small business website

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical tasks and projects
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
  • Written
  • Portfolio

Material fees apply to this program. Students 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.

Students are responsible for paying for their own printing.

Deanne Bramley
Campus: Shepparton

Michele Hoffman
Campus: Wangaratta

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.

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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