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CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design

Are you a creative thinker with a natural eye for design? Our Diploma of Graphic Design will equip you with the key conceptual and technical skills to communicate your ideas effectively across multiple digital platforms.
CUA50720

 

Targeting the practical aspects and employability skills for the design industry, this program will interest those wishing to work as a:

  • Entry level Graphic Designer
  • Junior First Design and Layout Assistant
  • Entry level Typographer
  • Graphic Design Production Assistant
  • Entry level Illustrator

Design and Layout Assistant


Course Structure

COURSE SUBJECTS

Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA50720)
8 Subjects

Course outline

  • Design Ideas
  • Typography 1
  • Visual Communication History and Theory
  • Brand & Identity
  • 2D & 3D Graphic Design
  • Advertising
  • Interactive Design
  • Graphic Design Studio

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/Credit Transfer

Students may be eligible to obtain credits for individual modules as a result of experience gained in employment in the relevant business fields or from previous training or education. A fee is payable for assessing your RPL status. Students may also be eligible for credit transfer for relevant units studied at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Please see College Policies for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/Credit Transfer Policy.

Mode of Delivery

Overseas students: Full-time study delivered face-to-face with up to one third (⅓) online. 

Domestic students: Full-time/part-time study options delivered face-to-face, online and/or blended.


Graphic Design students will require the following equipment and software:

• A functioning and monitored email address
• A modern computer (see specs below)
• Face-to-face students: Laptop
• Online students: Laptop or desktop
• Broadband internet access (300 kbps is a minimum requirement)
• A video capable device and/or a digital camera
• Access to a scanner/printer (minimum 1000+ DPI, A4 size)
• Sufficient IT skill sets to operate in an online environment

• Adobe CC; InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator Student price (Approx. $21.99 per month)
• Microsoft Office, Excel & Powerpoint or equivalent software (Approx. $199.00 one off payment)
• Relevant software to upload and download PDFs & videos

To operate Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Applications the computer requires;

• Internet connection required 
PC: Microsoft® Windows 7 or later, Intel® Core 2 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor; 2 GHz or faster processor, minimum 2.6 GB or more of available hard-disk space, OpenGL 2.0-capable system.
Mac: Mac OS X v10.9 or later, Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, 2 GB or more of RAM (8 GB recommended), 4 GB or more of available hard-disk space for installation, OpenGL 2.0-capable system

 


Sample Timetable

DAY DAY 1 DAY 2
08:30 - 12:30 Lecture Lecture
13:30 - 17:30 Studio workshop Studio workshop

Note

  • All subjects have a compulsory online component of 2 hours per subject

Assessment

All APC vocational courses are assessed through a combination of assessment types that may include short answer questions, studio projects, essays, reports, group tasks, portfolios and/or presentations.


Entry Requirements

Academic

Successful completion of Australian Year 11 or equivalent, or a Certificate IV level course and submission of a design portfolio with 5-8 pieces of original creative work.

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

Portfolio


Click here to download the our full sample of works (portfolio) guide.

English Level Required (Overseas students only)*

Successful completion of 8 weeks of General English at Intermediate level or equivalent (plus 80% attendance) at English Unlimited or 10 weeks at other approved providers.

Check your English level here


APC Design School Policies (Domestic students only)


Course Quick Facts



Course Length

Full-time: 4 terms (approx. 1 year)

Part-time*: 8 terms (approx. 2 years)

*Part-time option only available for
domestic students.


Start Dates

2021

19 July
11 October

2022

31 January
26 April*
18 July
10 October

NOTE: Course and campus availability subject to demand. 
One term = 12 weeks (9 weeks study & 3 weeks course break. 
Please note the Christmas/New Year break is 7 weeks).

*Starting day moved to Tuesday as Monday is a public holiday


Fees

Tuition fees: 

$8,000 ($2000 per term)
Application fee: $150 for overseas students


Domestic students
VET Student Loans

Non-tuition fees

Schedule of Administrative (Non-Tuition) Fees