Diploma of Graphic Design

Take the first step in your career in the design industry. You will be introduced to the theory and practice of image based communication and the principles of design.
Ballarat - SMB
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Length
1 year
Qualification Code
CUA50715

Take the first step in your career in the design industry.

You will be introduced to the theory and practice of image based communication and the principles of design, whilst building a verbal and visual vocabulary through research, experience and critical analysis. Technical skills are developed in both analogue and digital media in a studio environment via lectures, projects, individual experience and peer interaction. With an emphasis on visual thinking, creative process and idea generation, skills are developed in drawing, graphic design, typography and image making using both illustrative and photographic techniques. You will also study developments in visual culture to better understand the foundations of today's design trends. Classes will be held in a studio environment similar to what would be experienced in a professional design studio where you will also have access to a wide range of sophisticated facilities including photography studio, drawing studio and digital imaging equipment.

This program has close connections with the graphic design industry in the region.

Areas of study include: Colour theory, Design elements and principles, Communication, Corporate communication, Design processes, Design solutions, Design theory, Digital design techniques and software skills, Drawing, Illustration, Photography, Pre-press, Printing processes, Project management, Publication design, Typography.

 

  • Graphic designer
  • Printer
  • Website designer
  • Illustrator
  • Advertiser
  • New media

The course content below provides all possible units related to the course. If the course has various streams, the units you are required to study will depend on your chosen stream.

DEVELOP AND EXTEND DESIGN SKILLS AND PRACTICE
BSBDES403
REFINE DRAWING AND OTHER VISUAL REPRESENTATION TOOLS
CUAACD501
RESEARCH VISUAL COMMUNICATION HISTORY AND THEORY
CUAGRD501
PRODUCE GRAPHIC DESIGNS FOR 2-D AND 3-D APPLICATIONS
CUAGRD502
PRODUCE TYPOGRAPHIC DESIGN SOLUTIONS
CUAGRD503
CREATE AND MANIPULATE GRAPHICS
CUAGRD504
DESIGN AND MANIPULATE COMPLEX LAYOUTS
CUAGRD505
DEVELOP GRAPHIC DESIGN PRACTICE TO MEET INDUSTRY NEEDS
CUAGRD506
PRESENT A BODY OF OWN CREATIVE WORK
CUAPPR503
CREATE MASS PRINT MEDIA ADVERTISEMENTS
BSBADV509
ARTICULATE, PRESENT AND DEBATE IDEAS
BSBCRT401
COLLABORATE IN A CREATIVE PROCESS
BSBCRT402
IMPLEMENT DESIGN SOLUTIONS
BSBDES501
CREATE OBSERVATIONAL DRAWINGS
CUAACD502
WORK WITH PHOTOMEDIA IN CREATIVE PRACTICE
CUAACD512
DEVELOP AND REFINE ILLUSTRATIVE WORK
CUAILL401
DEVELOP PROFESSIONAL ILLUSTRATIONS
CUAILL501
APPLY VISUAL COMMUNICATION THEORY TO PHOTO IMAGING PRACTICE
CUAPHI501
PREPARE DIGITAL IMAGES FOR PRE-PRESS PROCESSING
CUAPHI514

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our TAFE application page for further information.

For information in relation to the University and students rights and responsibilities please refer to the VET Information Guide.

Applicants need to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills required to undertake this course through a test as part of the application process. The test will be conducted through Federation College prior to commencement of training. Feedback will be provided to the applicant on their results and types of support, if necessary, available to them.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700274254 (Ballarat - Admin Campus)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: IDB

National course code: CUA50715

Entry requirements (year 12)

Extra Requirements

Following application via VTAC, applicants must download the Additional Requirements - Diploma of Graphic Design form available at the following link: www.federation.edu.au/extra-application-requirements

The completed Additional Requirements form should be returned to Admissions. Late applicants must email admissions@federation.edu.au before applying.

Interview and folio presentation: Applicants will be notified of a date/time for an interview/folio presentation on receipt of the application proforma. Applicants must attend an interview/folio presentation before enrolment.

24 hours per week.

Fees are subject to change annually.

Fees are payable at the time of enrolment. In addition your program may require you to purchase books and materials. Some of these costs may be payable on enrolment day.

For further information regarding these costs, please view 2020 Indicative Course Fees (pdf, 756kb) for tuition and materials fees payable to FedUni.  

Indicative government-subsidised and full-fee course fees are shown on this document, and should be read in conjunction with the information on the TAFE fees website.

Eligible applicants/students accessing government-subsidised training under the 'Skills First Program' need to be aware enrolling in a qualification may affect their ability to access future government-subsidised training.

For further information please refer to the Fees, charges and eligibility on the TAFE fees website.
 

2020 TAFE Eligibility Exemptions

 

You could be eligible for government subsidised study at Federation University Australia through the TAFE eligibility exemptions. 

If you have been deemed ineligible for a government subsidised place because you have a higher qualification or have commenced two qualifications at the same level you may be eligible to enrol in a government subsidised place with a TAFE eligibility exemption. Please refer to the TAFE fees website or contact the course coordinator
 

Please note: A limited number of TAFE eligibility exemptions are available so contact us now to secure your place for 2020.

Other study costs

Material fees (including classroom materials, papers, inks, excursions, conference attendance and text book) as follows:

Year 1 - Approximately $330

If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact Federation University on 1800 333 864.

Pathways to this course:

Candidates seeking alternate entry to this course can consider the below options:
 

Foundation program

 

A foundation program can provide an excellent base to build upon in your TAFE studies:

 

 

Credit transfer / advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

 

Pathways from this course:

Satisfactory completion of this course can lead to : 
 

Higher Education program

 

Articulate into Higher Education studies .  Please note that additional essential requirements for admission may apply to entry into these programs:

* 120 credit points is the equivalent of one-year full time study.
 

 

Prospective students are encouraged to attend Open Day at which information sessions are conducted.

Hear more about the course from Paul Mah, Course Coordinator. 

 

 

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D.
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909.

 

 

School department

Federation TAFE

Course coordinator

Paul Mah