CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design

Award Course
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding


This practical based course has been developed with industry outcomes in mind - giving you the best opportunity to succeed in the ever changing, innovative world of design. You will combine conceptual and creative skills with technical knowledge, to generate visual communication solutions for a range of industry and community-based design challenges, along with exploring design, business and entrepreneurship skills. Students have opportunity to develop and expand their design practice and style, whilst preparing artwork for digital and print media. The creative design process is applied to typography, branding, illustration, 3D and digital design projects, with assessments underpinned by the application of design theory and research.


Future career options include roles as designers/finished artists in the print and media industries or use your skills as an entrepreneur in the creative arts.


No formal pathways to higher education but students will produce a professional portfolio of work to meet entry requirements into a variety of Bachelor level courses.

Course Delivery

This full time course will be delivered in a classroom environment over four days per week. This course is an approved VET- FEE HELP/ VET Student Loan course. The Vet Student Loan maximum tuition fee cap is five thousand dollars.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to book for a portfolio interview. In their portfolios, individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills and ability to: -produce a minimum of three (3) examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges, -produce typography that supports the overall design solution and use graphic design industry software. Each student will undertake a Pre-Training Review before enrolling to help confirm the proposed course is suitable. It will provide valuable information about an individual's existing skills and knowledge, language, literacy and numeracy skills and whether the course will help in achieving learning and/or employment goals.

Expected Time to Complete

1 Years

Units & Assessment
Core Units
Code Unit Name Hours Material
CUAACD531 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools 80 $0.00
CUADES413 Develop and extend design skills and practice 30 $0.00
CUAGRD501 Research visual communication history and theory 55 $0.00
CUAGRD502 Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications 60 $0.00
CUAGRD503 Produce typographic design solutions 60 $0.00
CUAGRD514 Create and manipulate graphics 60 $0.00
CUAGRD515 Design and manipulate complex layouts 65 $0.00
CUAGRD516 Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs 60 $0.00
CUAPPR513 Present a body of own creative work 60 $0.00
Elective Units
Code Unit Name Hours Material
BSBCRT413 Collaborate in creative processes 40 $0.00
BSBMKG546 Develop social media engagement plans 50 $0.00
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes 70 $0.00
CUAACD537 Refine 3-D design ideas and processes 70 $0.00
CUADES511 Implement design solutions 70 $0.00
CUADES512 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief 65 $0.00
CUADIG519 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art 80 $0.00
CUAGRD311 Prepare files for print 60 $0.00
CUAIND412 Provide freelance services 40 $0.00
CUAPPR411 Realise a creative project 90 $0.00
Your particular units of study will be determined from the core and elective units required for this qualification.

RPL is a formal assessment process that recognises relevant skills and knowledge you have already gained through previous training, work and life experiences. Contact the Institute today to discuss your options for RPL.

Indicative Fees

Government Subsidised $5,094
Concession $1,163
RPL Government Subsidised $3,686
RPL Concession $737
RPL Self-funded $4,914
Self-Funded $6,323

Concession for Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses applies only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Average total fees include designated materials and will vary according to your specific unit choices and other factors.

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

For information on refunds in relation to withdrawals, transfers and cancellations refer to the following policies and procedures.
Refund of Course Fees Policy
Student Withdrawal and Refund of Course Fees Procedure

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Intake Campus Course Details
2023 February Mildura Campus Full Time, Classroom Based, Diploma Full Year, Monday to Thursday