Diploma of Graphic Design Course

If you have an eye for good visual design and would like to enhance your creativity with sound technical skills ...

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If you have an eye for good visual design and would like to enhance your creativity with sound technical skills, the Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV50311) is the course for you.

In essence, graphic designers organise and develop a 'look' for almost any kind of project including web pages, multimedia presentations, annual reports, sales materials, signs and other environmental graphics, slide shows, newsletters, corporate identity programs, packaging, consumer products, promotional items, and many other types of publications.

The Diploma of Graphic Design is focused on teaching the design skills which enable graduates to move into a job in the graphic design industry. This course is suitable for students who have a Certificate IV in Design or the equivalent level of graphic design experience.

Students develop a portfolio in the Diploma to present at job interviews or to use for credit to enter a degree. Included in the course is Adobe Creative Suite training where students will learn to use PhotoShop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash and Acrobat. You will also develop specialist skills in advertising and multimedia.

Career pathways

Places of employment include advertising agencies, design studios, publishing houses, pre-press companies and consumer goods companies. Many designers choose to establish their own business and work in a freelance capacity.

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include desktop publisher, assistant web designer, packaging designer and graphic operator.

With some experience, graduates can progress to roles such as:

  • Web designer
  • Flash designer
  • Print designer
  • Layout artist
  • Illustrator
  • Prepress designer
  • Packaging designer
  • Advertising creator
  • Concept artist
  • Graphic operator
  • Web artist and animator

Entry requirements

Entry to the Diploma of Graphic Design requires successful completion of:

  • Meet any specified course entry requirements; AND
  • Provide a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (i.e. a Year 12 qualification); OR
  • Achieve and Exit level 3 score with the Australian Core Skills Frame work assessments in reading and maths, which will show that you have the capability to be successful in the course.  This is done through two short tests as part of your enrolment process.

Recognition of prior learning may be available for this course. For more information please see the Recognition of prior learning policy and procedure document or contact us to discuss options.

Course duration

Course duration is dependent on study mode.

Online students will have the benefit of part-time study with students to complete the course within 60 weeks under a structured program.

Students wishing to study via classroom delivery must study full-time and will complete this qualification in 30 weeks.

More Information

Click here to download the Fee Schedule PDF for the Diploma of Graphic Design.

Click here to download Martin College's fees and start dates PDF.

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Delivery Methods Online
Finance Option VET FEE-HELP
Study Time 30-60 weeks

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