The Diploma of Graphic Design will allow you to combine your technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges.
Career opportunities, include:
- freelance designer
- junior graphic designer
- production assistant
Pathways to further study:
- Advanced Diploma and Degree qualifications in graphic design and broader areas of practice, such as digital media or other design disciplines.
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Studying the Diploma of Graphic Design at Holmesglen
During this course, you will gain strong technical skills, develop a sound understanding of design theory and practice, and be 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.
Briefs include or have links to areas such as advertising and promotion, art direction, branding, corporate identity, instructional design, packaging, signage and UX and UI design.
Throughout this course, you will also be introduced to industry briefs, have exciting opportunities to enter competitions, attend design industry events, and have access to professionals from the graphic design industry. Our experienced and supportive staff are drawn from industry and students study in our outstanding facilities using the latest software and equipment.
Full time Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am to 6pm
Part Time Tuesday 9am - 6pm
Total number of units = 19. Nine core units plus 10 elective units.
||Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
||Create and manipulate graphics
||Create mass print media advertisements
||Originate and develop concepts
||Implement design solutions
||Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
||Work with photomedia in creative practice
||Create user interfaces
||Design digital applications
||Develop and extend design skills and practice
||Research visual communication history and theory
||Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications
||Produce typographic design solutions
||Design and manipulate complex layouts
||Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs
||Present a body of own creative work
||Create mass electronic media advertisements
||Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
||Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
| Code || Name |
|CUAACD501||Refine drawing and other visual representation tools|
|CUAGRD504||Create and manipulate graphics|
|BSBADV509||Create mass print media advertisements|
|BSBCRT501||Originate and develop concepts|
|BSBDES501||Implement design solutions|
|CUAACD506||Refine 2-D design ideas and processes|
|CUAACD512||Work with photomedia in creative practice|
|CUADIG403||Create user interfaces|
|CUADIG502||Design digital applications|
|BSBDES403||Develop and extend design skills and practice|
|CUAGRD501||Research visual communication history and theory|
|CUAGRD502||Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications|
|CUAGRD503||Produce typographic design solutions|
|CUAGRD505||Design and manipulate complex layouts|
|CUAGRD506||Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs|
|CUAPPR503||Present a body of own creative work|
|BSBADV510||Create mass electronic media advertisements|
|CUAACD507||Refine 3-D design ideas and processes|
|CUAPHI514||Prepare digital images for pre-press processing|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.
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.
Interview and portfolio presentation
All applicants are required to attend an interview and present a portfolio of recent design work that demonstrates a range of creative and technical skills.
The interview/folio presentation is conducted by experienced staff members and held at the Chadstone campus, taking generally no longer than 20 minutes. This provides an opportunity to evaluate the skill level, interest, creativity level and ability to apply the design.
Please contact 9564 1602 to arrange an interview time and date. For detailed information on what to prepare, download the folio information sheet (Word - 32kb).
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
On completion, you will attain the CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design
How to apply
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|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
Additional costs may also apply for course consumables and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses.
To view the additional costs that may apply to your course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession
VET Student Loans are available to eligible student to pay for tuition fees for this course. Read more about VET Student Loans.