CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design

CRICOS Course Code: 105827F

Use your creativity, imagination and problem-solving skills to convey ideas through visual design. In the Diploma of Graphic Design, you will learn how to create logos, design social media content, develop brand identities, build a website interface, manipulate graphics and create digital art. You’ll be given the opportunity to collaborate directly with clients and other designers with amazing career experience for each project, gaining real world, hands-on experience in the on-site e studio 101 design studio.

Start Dates



54 Weeks

Study: 38 weeks // Supervised Study: 4 weeks // Holidays: 12 weeks

Delivery Mode


14 hrs / week


6 hrs / week

Potential Career Outcomes

Graphic Designer (Junior, Mid-weight, Senior) // Freelance Designer // Publication Designer // Digital Artist



Gold Coast

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirement:

Students must provide evidence of successful completion of:

  • Certificate IV or Diploma requires a minimum of Year 12 OR a minimum of a Certificate III level qualification or higher
  • If there is no evidence of the above, the student must sit the Entrepreneur Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Test and achieve a satisfactory result


Please note: home country evidence is accepted and must be translated


English Entry Requirement:

Students must pass a minimum of one of the following English Requirements:

  • Upper Intermediate Certificate or higher
  • Certificate IV level or higher qualification in Australia
  • IELTS 5.5-6, FCE Grade B or C, CAE 160-179, TOEFL 72-94, TOEIC 400-485 (listening), 385-450 (reading)
  • Entrepreneur Education English Test, achieving at least Upper Intermediate level


Please note: All English evidence provided must be within a 2 year validity period. Either within two years before the application is made, or within two years of the visa grant


Course Resource Requirements:

The following resources are required to complete this course:

  • Computer Requirements: Students will require continual access to their own laptop computer during class and outside of class to meet distance education requirements
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Suite: must have a subscription to the current version.
  • Computer System Requirements:



Please note: students are required to purchase these items at their own expense


Course Entry Requirement:

Students are required to produce an example of a small design project as an entry

requirement into this course. The work must demonstrate the 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

Examples: business cards, invitations and logos


You may be eligible for Credit Transfers if you hold the same unit(s) from another provider. To be eligible; you must present your certified qualification at enrolment stage, together with the completed ‘Course Credit Form’. Once assessed, you will be notified of the outcome. Should your achieved units be equivalent, your CoE/course duration will be reduced according to the amount of time needed to complete the outstanding units.

Course Subjects

01. Get the Skills

CUAGRD503 Produce typographic design solutions

CUAGRD504 Create and manipulate graphics 

This unit requires you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to create and manipulate graphics using a combination of creative design skills and technical software proficiency.

02. Let’s Draw

CUADIG509 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art

CUAGRD501 Research visual communication history and theory

Research visual communication history and theory and explore traditional and digital illustration skills, techniques and methods and apply these to a practical project.

03. Illustration

CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

Over the next 4 weeks, you will be creating two unique illustrations to present to BioCup as part of the BioPak Art Series. These illustrations can be digital or traditional and a formal presentation will take place in week 4 of the unit. You will be assessed on your ability to refine drawing techniques, evaluate the effectiveness of the outcome and your ability to meet a client brief.

04. Branding Project

BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief

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

BSBADV509 Create mass print media advertisements

This branding project is a compilation of three units integrated together to create one major client project. You will design concepts, computer generated artwork and pitch final design pieces to the client for verbal feedback. Your Art Director will guide you throughout the process as you design each component of the brief and prepare the final design pitch.

05. Folio Presentation

CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work

BSBCMM401 Make a presentation

Populate and prepare your professional portfolio showcasing all of your design projects. In this unit you will also review industry resumes and redesign your existing resume to be a professional design-focused document.

06. Publishing

BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright

BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

CUAGRD505 Design and manipulate complex layouts  

Throughout this unit you will design a magazine cover for ‘Cipher’ Magazine. You will create original cover art for this eclectic magazine and design the themed internal pages taking into consideration typography, layout and industry standards.

07. Specialisation

CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields

Add depth to expertise in a specialist field or technique that interests you by researching and documenting current graphic design industry trends. Following this research, you will undertake a project of your choice showcasing this researched trend.

08. Package Design

BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice

BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas   

Learn to present and debate ideas in a work or broader life context using creative techniques in order to provoke response, reaction and critical discussion.

09. Your Brand Identity

CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

CUAGRD506 Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs

CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice   

Your Brand Identity’ is dedicated to branding YOU. Who are you as a designer and what style do you want your branding to portray? Throughout this unit you will create your own brand image, business cards (ready for print!,) and create a quoting and invoicing template ready to earn the big bucks with your work!

Timetable Information


Please note; timetables are subject to change.

Course Terminology

Workshop (Design Foundations)

During this time your mentor will deliver planned training sessions which are aimed to give you introductory graphic design skills. Activities may include presentations and planned activities to learn how to use graphic design tools and software.


Workshop (Creative Project Foundations)

Upon completion of the introductory workshops, you will be equipped to commence management real and simulated projects. This scheduled time will focus on individual components of your assigned projects.


Collaborate (team meeting)

In collaboration with students studying Project Management, you will complete a series of projects. You will be designing real life artwork and will have access to a project manager to help meet your targets. In this allocated time slot, you will have weekly project meetings with your team to evaluate your project.


Collaborate (facilitated learning & project work)

During this facilitated time, you will work collaboratively with your project team, or complete independent research tasks that have been delivered in the workshop sessions. You will practice skills that you have been taught by your mentor.

Distance Education

Online Course Hub (on-line learning portal)
The course hub provides you with a wide range of learning resources to guide your distance education. You will be able to access a variety of quality resources in your own time.


Facebook Group (communication and conversation group)
Your mentor will lead conversations and communicate information related to your study. You will be encouraged to share ideas and collaborate with your class peers about project work.

Academic Calendars

For start dates prior to 23rd May 2022

Academic Calendars

For start dates after 23rd May 2022