Creative Industries

CUA50715 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Duration: 1 year

Full Fee $13,300

Do you find yourself looking at and admiring the world of design? Do you think a picture really is worth a thousand words? If you've got the passion, Australian Institute of Advanced Studies can provide you with the skills to launch a brilliant Graphic Design career.

Graphic designers are the brains behind the visual communication we see every day. Everywhere you look a Graphic Designer has had a hand in shaping our world. They combine art and technology to create and communicate ideas that inspire, inform and captivate consumers through images, typography and creative composition. Every package, poster or sign you see was developed and created by a Graphic Designer. They create and design our favourite brands, magazines, web sites, and much more. Nearly every business you can think of has some need for a Graphic Designer.

Diploma of Graphic Design

The Diploma of Graphic Design has been developed to advance your skills in the exciting world of graphic design, digital arts and visual communications. You will learn all aspects of design including digital graphics, pre-press, print, packaging design, drawing, typography and professional web development. You'll use industry standard software (Adobe Creative Suite) including but not limited to, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver. You will have access to commercial-grade photography and drawing studios and use high-end graphic computer workstations.

Throughout the course you will develop skills through practical exercises and projects in design, web design, photography, production, branding and marketing all the while adding to your professional portfolio.

During the course you will also develop professional skills required to work successfully in any business environment including interpreting briefs, marketing strategies and project management. Classes will be set in a simulated design studio environment to prepare you for life in the exciting world of graphic design, digital arts and visual communications.

This qualification reflects the role of graphic designers at the beginning of their professional careers. It combines technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges. Graduates will have a sound understanding of design theory and practice and are able to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions.

This course is offered full-time, part-time and to year 11 & 12 students at school.

Job Outcome from this course

People with the Diploma of Graphic Design are able to work in a range of professional graphic design roles, often in entry-level graphic design positions in advertising, print production, publishing, and computer graphics or as generalist designers. Their work may include or have links to areas such advertising and promotion, art direction, branding, corporate identity, instructional design, packaging, signage and web design.

Graphic Designers may work independently as consultants or freelance designers, or as part of a larger team in an advertising agency or design studio.

Graphic design graduates may find employment in specialised design companies, advertising agencies and printing businesses. Job titles include Graphic Designer, Layout Designer, Packaging Designer, and more.

The Australian government’s Job Outlook website states, the number of job openings for Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators is expected to be above average (between 25,001 and 50,000).

Looking forward, employment for Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators to November 2020 is expected to grow strongly.

This is a very large occupation (46,500 in November 2015) suggesting that opportunities should be available in most regions.

Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators have an above average proportion of full-time jobs (78.1 per cent).

Pathways / Further Study

The conceptual and theoretical content in this qualification also supports learning at higher levels. Graduates may engage in further learning in vocational and higher education through 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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