Creative Industries

CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design

CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design  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 synthesize 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.

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.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Print and web design
  • Advertising
  • Illustration
  • E-commerce

Study Pathways

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).

Location, dates and times

Hunter Street Campus

  • Intake 1:  21 November 2019 to 4 December 2020
    • Duration:  44 weeks – not including school term breaks
  • Intake 2:   4 February to 4 December 2020
    • Duration: 37 weeks – not including school term breaks
  • Call 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Learning Options

Most of the learning experience is project based, working on real life projects often with real clients, or the delivery 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.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include:

  • Individual checklists
  • Visual diaries
  • Portfolios/evidence folders
  • Assignments
  • Research question and answer tasks
  • In class presentations
  • Observational assessment

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

Eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma students who are unable to pay tuition fees up front are able to defer fees under the VET Student Loans scheme. Further details are available at our VET Student Loans page.

Are there any ‘other’ costs?

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

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 the overall design solution
  • use graphic design industry software

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

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support.   Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design.

Qualification Requirements

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


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