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Diploma of Graphic Design

CUV50311
Average Price: $13950
Average Duration: 1 Year

This qualification reflects the role of graphic designers at the beginning of their professional careers. They 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. Their work may include or have links to areas such advertising and promotion, art direction, branding, corporate identity, instructional design, packaging, signage and web design.

These are the outcomes of graduates surveyed six months after completing their training for Diploma of Graphic Design

87.0%

Satisfied with the training
75.0%

Received job-related
benefits from training
Graphic Pre-Press Trades Worker (ANZSCO code 392211)
Expected job openings
Expected job openings are: low Low Below average Average Above average High
Low
4,200 persons were employed as Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers in 2014. Job openings over the next 5 years are expected to be equal to or less than 5,000.
Average weekly full time earnings
Average weekly full time earnings are: below average Low Below average Average Above average High
Below average
Average weekly full time earnings before tax for Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers are: $952. Average earnings for all occupations are: $1,152
Source: Department of Employment. For full details on Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers visit Job Outlook

To enter this qualification, people must be able to demonstrate graphic design skills to support learning at Diploma level. In particular they must be able to provide evidence of their ability to:

  • produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges
  • engage with the design process by developing design solutions through research, reflection and the generation and refinement of ideas
  • produce typography that supports the overall design solution
  • show examples of computer skills using graphic design industry software, which may include multi-page layout and digital manipulation
  • apply knowledge of graphic design trends and technologies.
  • Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

    This course is eligible for VET FEE-HELP if you are studying with an approved VET FEE-HELP provider. VET FEE-HELP is a loan from the Australian Government that helps pay your course fees. VET FEE-HELP loans have to be paid back once you begin earning over a certain amount. Even though you may not have to pay anything upfront, you should take into consideration your full VET FEE-HELP loan amount.

     

    The calculator below helps you to understand what your debt will be when you start your course, and how it may increase if you do not earn enough to begin paying back the loan.

     

    For further information on VET FEE-HELP, including a list of providers approved to offer the loans, please visit the Study Assist website.

    This qualification is available as an Australian Apprenticeship in the states and territories shown by blue colouring in the table below.

    1. ACT
    2. NSW
    3. NT
    4. QLD
    5. SA
    6. TAS
    7. VIC
    For more information on apprenticeship pathways, please visit this course on aapathways.com.au
    This course may be subsidised in the following state and territories

    1. ACT
    2. NSW
    3. NT
    4. QLD
    5. SA
    6. TAS
    7. VIC

    For more information about financial support and subsidies for training, please refer to the Financial assistance page

    Total number of units = 19

    9 core units plus

    10 elective units

    The elective units consist of:

  • 6 from the list of elective units below
  • of the remaining 4 units:
  • up to 4 may be from the list of elective units below
  • up to 4 may be from a Diploma or above in any currently endorsed Training Package
  • up to 3 may be from an accredited course at Diploma level or above.
  • The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.

    Core units

    BSBDES403A Develop and extend design skills and practice

    CUVACD501A Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

    CUVGRD501A Research visual communication history and theory

    CUVGRD502A Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications

    CUVGRD503A Produce typographic design solutions

    CUVGRD504A Create and manipulate graphics

    CUVGRD505A Design and manipulate complex layouts

    CUVGRD506A Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs

    CUVPRP503A Present a body of own creative work

    Elective units

    Art, craft and design

    CUVACD502A Create observational drawings

    CUVACD503A Select and refine a specialised drawing technique

    CUVACD504A Research and apply light and colour

    CUVACD506A Refine 2-D design ideas and processes

    CUVACD507A Refine 3-D design ideas and processes

    CUVDIG502A Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art

    CUVILL501A Develop professional illustrations

    Communication design

    BSBADV509A Create mass print media advertisements

    BSBADV510A Create mass electronic media advertisements

    CUVILL401A Research and apply techniques for illustrative work

    Communication

    BSBCMM401A Make a presentation

    Copyright and IP

    BSBIPR401A Use and respect copyright

    BSBIPR404A Protect and use innovative designs

    BSBIPR405A Protect and use intangible assets in small business

    Creative thinking

    BSBCRT301A Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

    BSBCRT401A Articulate, present and debate ideas

    BSBCRT402A Collaborate in a creative process

    BSBCRT501A Originate and develop concepts

    E-business

    BSBEBU502A Implement e-business solutions

    SITXICT001A Build and launch a website for a small business

    Design

    BSBDES402A Interpret and respond to a design brief

    BSBDES501A Implement design solutions

    BSBDES502A Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

    Digital media

    CUFDIG304A Create visual design components

    CUFDIG401A Author interactive media

    CUFDIG403A Create user interfaces

    CUFDIG501A Coordinate the testing of interactive media products

    CUFDIG502A Design web environments

    CUFDIG503A Design e-learning resources

    CUFDIG506A Design interaction

    CUFDIG507A Design digital simulations

    CUFPOS402A Manage media assets

    CUFSOU301A Prepare audio assets

    Industry capability

    CUFIND401A Provide services on a freelance basis

    CUVIND501B Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

    Information technology

    ICAWEB501A Build a dynamic website

    Marketing

    BSBMKG402B Analyse consumer behaviour for specific markets

    Occupational health and safety

    BSBOHS509A Ensure a safe workplace

    Photo imaging

    CUVACD512A Work with photomedia in creative practice

    CUVPHI516A Research the role and use of the photo image in visual communication

    CUVPHI529A Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace

    CUVPHI530A Prepare digital images for pre-press processing

    Printing and graphic arts

    ICPPP422C Digitise complex images for reproduction

    ICPPP430C Manage colour

    ICPPP435C Generate complex imposition

    ICPPP484C Set up and operate automated workflow

    ICPPR496A* Set up and produce complex digital print

    Professional practice

    CUAIND401A Extend expertise in specialist field

    CUVPRP501A Realise a body of creative work

    CUVPRP502A Prepare for sustainable professional practice

    Project management

    BSBPMG510A Manage projects

    BSBWOR501B Manage personal work priorities and professional development

    Sustainability

    CUVPRP504A Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice

    Writing

    BSBWRT401A Write complex documents

    BSBWRT501A Write persuasive copy

    *Note the following prerequisite unit requirement.

    Unit code and title

    Prerequisite unit required

    ICPPR496A Set up and produce complex digital print

    ICPPR384A Set up and produce basic digital print

    Selecting electives for different outcomes

    The following examples are designed to assist in the selection of appropriate electives for particular outcomes at this level, but are in no way prescriptive.

    Graphic designer with generalist skills base

    Core units plus:

  • BSBADV509A Create mass print media advertisements
  • BSBADV510A Create mass electronic media advertisements
  • BSBCRT401A Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • BSBIPR401A Use and respect copyright
  • BSBMKG402B Analyse consumer behaviour for specific markets
  • CUFDIG502A Design web environments
  • CUVACD512A Work with photomedia in creative practice
  • CUVILL401A Research and apply techniques for illustrative work
  • ICPPP430C Manage colour
  • ICPPR496A Set up and produce complex digital print
  • Graphic designer with digital media skills

    Core units plus:

  • BSBCRT401A Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • CUFDIG401A Author interactive media
  • CUFDIG403A Create user interfaces
  • CUFDIG501A Coordinate the testing of interactive media products
  • CUFDIG502A Design web environments
  • CUFDIG506A Design interaction
  • CUFDIG507A Design digital simulations
  • CUVACD512A Work with photomedia in creative practice
  • ICAWEB501A Build a dynamic website
  • ICPPP430C Manage colour
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    The following occupations relate to this qualification.

    Graphic Designer
    The following industry sectors relate to this qualification.

    Design
    Graphic Design



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    Student outcomes for Diploma of Graphic Design

    These are the outcomes of graduates surveyed six months after completing their training for Diploma of Graphic Design

    39.5%

    Of people who were not employed before starting their course were employed after completing it.
    Technicians and Trades Workers
    0.0 %

    Other Technicians and Trades Workers

    Of those employed after training, were in the same occupation as their course.
    Professionals
    43.7%
    Professionals
    Sales Workers
    19.7%
    Sales Workers
    Community and Personal Service Workers
    18.3*%
    Community and Personal Service Workers
    Average salary of those employed in their first full-time job
    (includes those employed prior to training)

    $33,500

    $49,300


    Destination
    after training
    This
    course
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    Employed or in further study after training (%) 87.0 83.7 90.7
    Employment outcomes:
    Employed (%)
    Full-time (%)
    Part-time (%)
     
    66.4
    12.1*
    54.2
     
    63.3
    14.9
    47.7
     
    81.6
    46.8
    33.9
    Further study outcomes:
    Enrolled at University (%)
    Enrolled at TAFE (%)
    Enrolled at Other provider (%)
     
    18.5
    21.3
    -
     
    19.9
    17.3
    7.2
     
    16.5
    10
    8.2
    Satisfied with the training (%) 87.0 84 85.7
    Received job-related benefits from training (%) 75.0 67.3 73.4
    Received personal benefits from training (%) 97.1 98.1 97.1
    Achieved main reason for undertaking training (%) 69.1 76.9 81.7
    Recommend the training to other (%) 90.0 88.2 90.1

    Employment
    status
    This
    course
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    Average salary (Full-time) ($) - 33 500 49 300
    Top Occupations (%):
    Professionals
    Sales Workers
    Community and Personal Service Workers
     
    43.7
    19.7
    18.3*
     
    26.3
    23.7
    14.4
     
    31.1
    19.7
    14.4
    Top Industries (%):
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
    Retail Trade
    Accommodation and Food Services
     
    29.4
    23.5
    17.6*
     
    22.3
    14.8
    12
     
    33.2
    10
    9

    Employment
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    Employed after training (%) - 80.1 92.3
    Average salary (Employed full-time) ($) - 36 000 50 400
    Enrolled in further study (%) - 41 31.9
    Satisfied with the training (%) - 83.8 85.6
    Achieved main reason for undertaking training (%) - 77.3 84.3

    Employment
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    Employed after training (%) 39.5 37.6 41.8
    Average salary (Employed full-time) ($) - 20 200 46 300
    Enrolled in further study ($) 44.4 50.4 45.4
    Satisfied with the training (%) - 84.5 86.2
    Achieved main reason for undertaking training (%) - 76.5 72.6

    Please Note:
    All statistics are supplied by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
    * The estimate has a relative standard error greater than 25% and therefore should be used with caution.
    ** NCVER does not report on estimates based on less than 5 respondents because the estimates are unreliable.
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    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
    29.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
    Retail Trade
    23.5
    Retail Trade
    Accommodation and Food Services
    17.6*
    Accommodation and Food Services