CUA50720 Graphic Design Pathway Program

Embark on a graphic design career with the CUA50720 Graphic Design Pathway Program. Perfect for transforming design passion into professional success.
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Open Colleges
(RTO 22557)
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Nationally Recognised Australian Qualification

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Course Overview

Start Date
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Study for a minimum of 15 hours per week to complete modules in 27 months.
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Career Outcomes
  • Assistant Web/Digital Designer 
  • Graphic Designer 
  • Junior Graphic Designer 
  • Graphic Operator 
  • Junior Mac Operator 
  • Package Designer
Course Modules

Graphic Design Essentials:

You will complete the Graphic Design Essentials short course first and then progress to the Diploma of Graphic Design.  You will not get access to the CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design until you have completed Graphic Design Essentials. See below:

Elements and principles of design:

  • Colour theory 
  • Typography 
  • The design process 
  • The design brief 
  • Digital Design - Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign 

Note:  The Graphic Design Essentials section of the Graphic Design Pathway Program is non-accredited training.

Core Units:

  1. CUAGRD503 Produce Typographic Design Solutions
  2. CUAGRD514 Create And Manipulate Graphics
  3. CUAACD411 Integrate Colour Theory And Design Processes
  4. CUAGRD501 Research Visual Communication History And Theory
  5. CUAACD531 Refine Drawing And Other Visual Representation Tools
  6. CUAILL401 Develop And Refine Illustrative Work
  7. CUAGRD617 Develop Graphic Designs For Branding And Identity
  8. CUAGRD515 Design And Manipulate Complex Layouts
  9. CUAGRD502 Produce Graphic Designs For 2-D And 3-D Applications
  10. CUAPHI524 Prepare Digital Images For Pre-Press Processing
  11. CUADES512 Establish, Negotiate And Refine A Design Brief
  12. BSBMKG551 Create Multiplatform Advertisements For Mass Media
  13. CUAACD522 Work With Photomedia In Creative Practice
  14. CUADIG519 Investigate Technologies For The Creation Of Digital Art
  15. CUADIG516 Design Interactions
  16. CUAIND412 Provide Freelance Services
  17. CUADES413 Develop And Extend Design Skills And Practice
  18. CUAPPR513 Present A Body Of Own Creative Work
Course Fees Include
  • No exams, ever. Instead, assessments range from open books, multiple choice quizzes, portfolios, videos and written assessments.
  • Study anywhere and anytime you want with 24/7 course access.
  • Courses are curated to maintain engagement across video, written content, assignments & audio.
  • This course is a nationally recognised Australian qualification.

Open Colleges (OC) | RTO #90796

Payment Options
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Course Entry Requirements

This course does not require specific formal education qualifications. However, you must be a minimum of 18 years old to enrol. Please note that this course is not open to student visa holders. For personalised assistance and more information, please enquire now.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The course provider values the diverse skills and expertise you may have gained from various sources. These experiences can be acknowledged through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. For a more comprehensive understanding of the RPL procedure or to discuss your RPL options, please enquire now.

Technical Requirements

The specific device requirements for a graphic design course can vary, but generally, you will need a computer with adequate specifications. Most graphic design software, such as Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.), runs on both Windows and macOS operating systems. Therefore, you can choose a computer that suits your preferences. It's recommended to have a computer with a decent processor, sufficient RAM, and ample storage space. Additionally, having a graphics tablet can be beneficial for more precise digital drawing and illustration work.

Do I Have to Pay Additional for the Adobe Creative Suite?

Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) is not typically free for students. However, Adobe offers special pricing and discounts for students and educators through its Adobe Creative Cloud for Education program. This program provides access to the full suite of Adobe Creative Cloud applications at a discounted rate. 

To take advantage of student pricing, you usually need to provide proof of your enrolment in Open Colleges, such as a valid student ID or enrolment confirmation. It's recommended to visit the Adobe website or contact Adobe customer support for the most up-to-date information on student pricing and eligibility.

*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

About the Course Provider

Open Colleges

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