Diploma of Graphic Design Online

CUA50720
18 months
Online

This nationally recognised CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design offers you an entry point into the design industry. Gain graphic design skills together with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for business and freelance work. Flexible online study options.

  • Course code: CUA50720

  • Delivery mode: Online

  • Course duration: 18 months

  • Qualification: Diploma

  • Eligibility: This course is not available to international students

  • Nationally recognised: Yes

  • Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology

  • Assessments

    • Direct observation

    • Portfolio of work

    • Written reports

    • Written or oral questioning

    • Role plays and presentations

Kick start your career in graphic design with a nationally recognised Diploma.

Earn a Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA50720) online with Swinburne Open Education. This nationally recognised diploma offers you an entry point into the design industry.

You will learn the skills and knowledge required to plan, design, develop and prepare information for publication and reproduction using text, symbols, pictures, colours and layout to achieve commercial and communication needs with particular emphasis on tailoring the message for the intended audience.

This online course has been designed with a focus not only on graphic design skills but also includes learning outcomes that prepare students for business and freelance work. Business skills have been incorporated throughout the courses, such as how to establish a new business and manage the associated risks, how to build and maintain professional business relationships as well as project management and leadership skills.

Bite-sized, online learning that fits around your life. This diploma course is split into three easy-to-manage study blocks, so you can fit a study block into your down time and gain a statement of attainment towards your diploma. On successful completion of all three study blocks, you’ll receive your diploma. You can choose to spread your studies out, or get to the good bit fast. Don’t take time out to study - choose the study that works around you. Enrol to study graphic design online. Work towards your Diploma with Swinburne Open Education.

This course is not available to International students.

 

Skills you'll learn

  • Creating and manipulating complex layouts and graphics 

  • Producing typographic solutions 

  • Producing graphic designs for 2D and 3D applications 

  • Refining drawing and other visual representation tools.

 

Career outcomes

  • Graphic designer

  • Studio manager

  • Freelance graphic designer.

A focused graphic designer working in front of her computer, with plants, pens and a printer on the table.

 

Start your career in graphic design

Source: Career outcome information from Your Career (Oct 2023).

 

Why study Diploma of Graphic Design online

  • This nationally recognised diploma offers you an entry point into the design industry.

  • Learn the skills and knowledge required to plan, design, develop and prepare information for publication and reproduction using text, symbols, pictures, colours and layout.

  • This online course has been designed with a focus not only on graphic design skills but also includes learning outcomes that prepare students for business and freelance work.

  • Our flexible online study allows you to continue with your current role while you study.

A person uses a computer at a home desk to study graphic design online.

 

Study online with our world-class learning platform

  • Designed and delivered online so you can learn anywhere, anytime

  • Study on any device - desktop, tablet or mobile

  • Learn through regular trainer-lead online sessions and native content

  • Engage with your learning community through online forums and messages

 

Download your free online course guide

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Once you have enrolled in this course, you can access our online platform and start with the first module. You will need to complete a module and then the next module becomes available to you.

This online course contains 20 online modules, which have been designed to cover 19 units of competency, including 9 core units and 10 elective units. This graphic design course contains an introductory module.

Expand units below, to get an understanding of topics, objectives and time requirements.

CUAACD531
CUAACD531 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use drawing and other visual representation tools to develop, refine and communicate ideas for creative work. It involves evaluating the role of drawing in communicating ideas, experimenting with drawing and visual representations and developing an individual approach to the use of drawing.

CUADES413
CUADES413 Develop and extend design skills and practice

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and extend skills as a practising designer. It involves obtaining and developing conceptual and technical skills, developing an individual style in these skills and evaluating the use of these skills in own work tasks.

CUAGRD501
CUAGRD501 Research visual communication history and theory

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research visual communication history and theory and to apply that research to own professional practice.

CUAGRD502
CUAGRD502 Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and produce a body of two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) graphic design work in response to a variety of visual communication challenges. Design work will show a well-developed command of relevant software programs and the creative ability to generate ideas to meet the different needs of design briefs.

CUAGRD503
CUAGRD503 Produce typographic design solutions

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce professional typography for a wide range of communication needs. Typographic design solutions may include advertisements, headlines, logotypes, signage systems, posters, charts or mass text applications.

CUAGRD514
CUAGRD514 Create and manipulate graphics

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create and manipulate graphics using a combination of creative design skills and technical software proficiency. It involves the analysis, application and refinement of graphic design techniques to meet assigned design objectives.

CUAGRD515
CUAGRD515 Design and manipulate complex layouts

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design complex publication layouts by combining creative design skills with technical software proficiency. It involves the design and manipulation of layouts using graphic design software to meet design objectives.

CUAGRD516
CUAGRD516 Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop an industry focus for graphic design practice and to adapt that practice to meet current and emerging industry opportunities. It involves engaging with professional networks and researching policies and requirements in the graphic design industry.

BSBCMM411
BSBCMM411 Make presentations

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare, deliver and review presentations for target audiences.

BSBCRT411
BSBCRT411 Apply critical thinking to work practices

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use advanced-level critical thinking skills in a workplace context. This includes using methods of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

BSBCRT412
BSBCRT412 Articulate, present and debate ideas

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to articulate, present and debate ideas in a work or broader life context using creative techniques in order to provoke response, reaction and critical discussion.

BSBESB402
BSBESB402 Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and comply with legal and risk management requirements of the business or new business venture, including negotiating, creating and planning for legal contracts used within the business, where required.

BSBLDR411
BSBLDR411  Demonstrate leadership in the workplace

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead teams and individuals by modelling high standards of conduct to reflect the organisation’s standards and values.

BSBMKG439
BSBMKG439 Develop and apply knowledge of communications industry

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research, analyse and apply knowledge of the communications industry. This includes the marketing communications industries.

BSBPEF501
BSBPEF501 Manage personal and professional development

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement systems and process that support the personal and professional development of self and others.

BSBPMG430
BSBPMG430 Undertake project work

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake a minor project or a section of a larger project. It covers developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project and reviewing the project to identify lessons learned for application to future projects.

BSBTWK401
BSBTWK401 Build and maintain business relationships

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, develop and maintain effective work relationships and networks through relationship building and negotiation skills required by workers. These workers may be within an organisation as well as freelance or contract workers.

BSBXCM401
BSBXCM401 Apply communication strategies in the workplace

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to facilitate and apply communication strategies in the workplace within any industry.

Students are required to complete all units of competency in a study block so they can meet the eligibility criteria to move onto the next study block. Students are required to enrol into each study block individually. On successful completion of each study block, you will gain a statement of attainment towards your diploma. On successful completion of all three study blocks, you will receive your diploma. The study blocks will be advised on enrolment. You will also receive a prescribed study plan to help manage your time and ensure all study blocks are completed in an acceptable time frame.

 

Course requirements

To enter this diploma graphic design course, students must be at least 18 years old and must provide evidence of their technical skills and ability to:

  • Produce multiple examples of graphic design work that meets different design requirements

  • Produce typography that supports the overall design solution

  • Use graphic design industry software.

Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience or formal study. You can enrol in our online introductory Graphic Design short course to build essential skills for your Diploma of Graphic Design.

This course is not available to International students.

The Swinburne Open modern online learning platform has been designed so that you can study online anywhere, anytime. You will need to meet the following IT requirements to use our platform for this Diploma course:

Desktop or laptop

  • Latest version of Chrome or Safari

  • Microsoft Office (2010 or higher)

  • Adobe PDF Reader

Mobile or tablet*

  • Latest version of Chrome or Safari

  • Latest version of Android

  • Latest version of iOS

* Students using a mobile or tablet will need to upload documents from a laptop or desktop or have a Dropbox account.

You will need to have intermediate computer skills to undertake this graphic design course. This includes the ability to:

  • Navigate Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Xd*

  • Create, save and edit Microsoft Office documents

  • Access and search the internet

  • Download and save documents from websites

  • Upload documents through websites

  • Create audio files and videos.

* Swinburne Open Education provides all students enrolled in the CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design with access to Adobe Creative Cloud software.

Eligible students may be able to access a VET Student Loan (VSL). For more details on this initiative, as well as eligibility criteria, please visit Swinburne University of Technology.

Intake dates

Please note, this diploma course is split into three study blocks. Below are the key dates for the next three study block 1 intakes we have available.

Study block 1:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 27 May, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 3 June, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 5 July, 2024

  • Finish date: Sunday 3 November, 2024

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 29 December, 2024

Study block 2:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 11 November, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 18 November 2024

  • Census date: Friday 20 December, 2024

  • Finish date: Sunday 20 April, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 15 June, 2025

Study block 3:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 28 April, 2025

  • Start date: Monday 5 May, 2025

  • Census date: Friday 6 June, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 5 October, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 30 November, 2025

Study block 1:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 24 June, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 1 July, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 2 August, 2024

  • Finish date: Sunday 1 December, 2024

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 26 January, 2025

Study block 2:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 9 December, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 16 December, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 17 January, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 18 May, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 13 July, 2025

Study block 3:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 26 May, 2025

  • Start date: Monday 2 June, 2025

  • Census date: Friday 4 July, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 2 November, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 28 December, 2025

Study block 1:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 29 July, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 5 August, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 6 September, 2024

  • Finish date: Sunday 5 January, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 2 March, 2025

Study block 2:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 13 January, 2025

  • Start date: Monday 20 January, 2025

  • Census date: Friday 21 February, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 22 June, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 17 August, 2025

Study block 3:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 30 June, 2025

  • Start date: Monday 7 July, 2025

  • Census date: Friday 8 August, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 7 December, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 1 February, 2026

 

Online study FAQs

We understand you need to fit study around your busy life. Our online learning platform is designed with this in mind, so you can study on any device, anywhere, anytime. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

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Swinburne Open Education is an online education provider and all courses are delivered digitally, allowing you to learn anywhere, anytime. 

Our learning platform is online native and can be accessed on any device. We’ve created a joyful experience with natively accessible information, alleviating the need to download presentations and allowing you to focus on learning the content rather than how to use our platform.

Online modules are broken down into topics and subtopics specific to the module. Each module contains a range of learning styles including written text, diagrams, instructional videos and formative activities that provide you with instant feedback and prepares you for summative assessments. 

Learning is supported by regular trainer-led online sessions. At the end of each module and prior to the sequential module, skills and knowledge are evaluated through summative assessments. Assessment consists of online quizzes, assignments and supervised tests. Through our learning platform you will:

  • Access your learning materials and assessments

  • Undertake and upload assessments

  • Engage and interact with your trainer

  • Participate in student forums and find a ‘study buddy’

  • Access your assessment grades and feedback

  • Access student support services.

More information about learning online with Swinburne Open Education can be found in our Student Handbook.

Support is offered via scheduled live Q&A sessions, all support sessions are recorded and made available for students to view in their own time. If a student has attended a live Q&A session and still needs additional support, a one on one video chat can be arranged with a trainer.

Self-paced learning gives you the flexibility to fit study around your life. We understand life doesn’t always go to plan. You can apply for extensions for up to 6 months (3 months per extension) if needed. See more details in our full FAQs.

If you are less than half way through your enrolment period and it’s not working out, you can opt-out of the second half and reduce your course fee liability to 50% of the total course fee. Refer to the Student Agreement for full terms and conditions.

 

 

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