Creative Industries

CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design

CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design is part of the Creative Arts and Culture Training Package. It reflects the role of graphic designers at the beginning of their professional careers. Students combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges. They have a sound understanding of design theory and practice and are able to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions. Graphic designers work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media. At this level, the designer is likely to be working in junior or generalist roles.

Graphic designers create artwork and text layouts for reproduction in print and electronic media.

This course is for people who want to develop high level, job ready skills in graphic design and multimedia design. The course develops your creativity, technical skills and your ability to create a personal portfolio for self promotion.

Career Opportunities

To ensure that participation in our courses assists you to gain employment we frequently meet and work in partnership with a wide range of industry representatives and services to review our training and assessment strategies to ensure that our courses reflect current industry practices and provide participants with skills that are highly valued by employers.

Graduates go on to work in the fields of print and web design, advertising, packaging, illustration, e-commerce and many, many more or undertake higher qualifications.

Graduates can apply for entry into the UTAS Visual Communications program with the possibility of a one year equivalent reduction. (Subject to negotiation with UTAS).

Dates and Times

Hunter Street Campus

  • Next Intake:  2019
  • Application by appointment
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to express your interest
  • Pre-requisite:  You must have completed CUA40715 or equivalent

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

Skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

Alanvale Campus

The suitability process is where you can discuss with one of the teaching staff any previous experience, your current computing skills and what you want to get out of the course.

  • Next Intake:   2019
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 express your interest

Learning Options

Hunter Street Campus
Most of the learning experience is based on project based learning, where you work on real life projects often with real clients, or you work on simulated real life briefs. You are supported in this project-based work by workshops, demonstrations and coaching.  eLearning supports are used to help manage and support your learning.

Alanvale Campus
You will be provided with a range of design projects and training sessions to help you develop the knowledge and skills required to achieve competency in this qualification.  Students enrolled in the face to face program have the opportunity to work in a simulated studio environment in teams structured as in industry.

Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments Occupational Health and Safety procedures must be followed.

  • Assessment takes place throughout the course.
  • Individual assessments include checklists, visual diaries, portfolios/evidence folders, assignments, research question and answer tasks and activity in class presentations on subjects relating to the course.
  • Observation assessment tools are used to assess competencies related to the simulated studio environment.


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Fees and Payments

This course is eligible for a VET Student Loan
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Are there any other fees?

South – Hunter Street
$45 for materials used in class that the student retains.


Successful completion of Certificate IV in Design is highly recommended. Alternatively senior secondary college students, mature age career changers, apprentices/trainees with previous exposure to design, print production and web/mobile content creation may be eligible.

Hunter Street Campus
Due to the high number of applicants interested in the Design & Multimedia program and the limited student numbers, there is a three stage process. The application process involves the completion of an entry profile form, interview and portfolio presentation. During the application process the following will be considered.

  1. Your portfolio in terms of your creative and visual thinking skills, and your portfolio as evidence of your ability to learn software quickly.
  2. Your motivations for doing the course.
  3. Whether or not the course is appropriate for you.

Software used in the course:
In the Macintosh studio Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver & Final Cut Pro.

Alanvale Campus

  • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent
  • Access to internet
  • Basic computer skills – creating, saving, storing files
  • Email and Internet skills
  • Confidence with a computer

It would be desirable, but by no means essential, to have access to industry standard computer graphic software such as the Adobe suite of products.

Qualification Requirements

To complete this qualification you need 19 units comprising of 9 core and 10 elective units.


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