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CUA60320 Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Enhance your graphic design skills with this industry-connected qualification. You’ll come away with the skills required to establish and negotiate a design brief, manage design realisation and extend your typographic design expertise.


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

  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Pre-press designer
  • Junior Art Director
  • Computer Finished Artist
  • Illustrator Layout artist
  • Packaging Designer

Course Structure


Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA60320)
7 Subjects

Course outline

  • Design Briefs
  • Typography 2
  • Packaging Design
  • Design for e-Business
  • Innovation
  • Signage and Wayfinding
  • Understanding the Graphic Design Workplace (Work Placement)

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.

Work Placement

Work placement is a mandatory component of some APC courses and qualifications including the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design. The work placement provides a framework that enables students to gain relevant working experience while developing specialised knowledge and practical skills in organisational learning and capability development.

The Work Placement takes place in the final term of study. It requires between 120-135hrs of work placement, attendance at studio class and the completion of assessment work. Specific subject requirements are outlined in the individual course documents.

It is the students responsibility to find and secure a Host Organisation for their Work Placement prior to the start of their final term. APC will support students with resources to secure a Host Organisation prior to the Work Placement.

Mode of Delivery

Student visa holders: Full-time study delivered face-to-face with up to one third (⅓) online. 

Domestic students (and other visas): 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)
• Google Suite (Google Docs, Slides and Sheets included as part of your Student Email Account)
• 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

08:30 - 12:30 Lecture Lecture
13:30 - 17:30 Studio workshop Studio workshop


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


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


Successful completion of the CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design or equivalent or submission of sample of work (portfolio) with 5-8 pieces of original creative work.

To enter this qualification, individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills and ability to:

• Apply visual communication history and theory to own professional practice
• Produce professional typography
• Produce graphic designs for two-dimensional and three-dimensional applications
• Create and manipulate graphics and design complex publication layouts 

(Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through graphic design work experience or through formal study)

Click here to download our full 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

Students utilising VSL - Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, or a Certificate IV level course delivered in English, or competency at or above Exit Level 3 in the ACSF in both reading and numeracy using an approved English test.

APC Design School and APC Domestic Student Policies (Domestic students only)

Pathways - For Articulations To:

  • Torrens University Australia

    Torrens University Australia

    CRICOS Provider No: 03389E

    Torrens University Australia brings a fresh, modern, careers-focused and global perspective to higher education, with courses providing graduates with a globally oriented skill-set that will make them a valuable contribution to any employer.

    Pathway Course Number of Credits Approximate Length Credit
    Bachelor of Communication Design 160 Credits Up to 2 years

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

30 January
24 April
17 July
09 October

29 January
22 April
15 July
07 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


Tuition fees*: 

$10,000 ($2,500 per term)
*Fees calculated per subject

Merit Scholarships available for international students

Application fee: $150 for international students

Domestic students
VET Student Loans
(APC Design School - RTO Code: 40530)

Non-tuition fees

Schedule of Administrative (Non-Tuition) Fees