Design Courses


This qualification reflects the role of individuals who combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges. Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of design theory and practice and the ability to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions.

Utilising the latest Adobe Creative Cloud products including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, students will gain a diverse range of skills in technical and theoretical design principles and their application in everyday design.

Expand on your creative talents through practical exercises in typography, branding, packaging, digital and online design, illustration and portfolio design, all while working in a collaborative, studio environment.

Completion of this course will award you the skills you need to work individually or collaboratively as a graphic designer, digital artist or illustrator within the creative industries environment. Successful completion also provides great articulation opportunities into higher education courses.

Entry Requirements

To enter this qualification, individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills and ability to:

  1. produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges
  2. produce typography that supports the overall design solution
  3. use graphic design industry software

Skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

For direct enrolment to Dip of Graphic Design, students would need to submit a portfolio:

Portfolio Criteria:

  1. The portfolio should be one single PDF file no more than 3MB
  2. Showcase a minimum of five (5) pieces of work across the range of work must be the use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign

CUA50720 – Course Guide Brochure

Design Courses


Explore a creative career and learn the essentials of design principles in this exciting course.

Students will be utilise the latest Adobe Creative Cloud products including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, students will learn to:

  • Generate design solutions to meet client needs
  • Research and apply information using the history and theory of design
  • Work with colour processes and colour theory
  • Realise a creative project from start to finish
  • Be aware of the health and safety of yourself and others in the workplace

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 as advertising and promotion, branding, corporate identity, instructional design and digital media.

CUA40720 – Course Guide Brochure