Diploma of Graphic Design

If you've got the passion, Australian Institute of Advanced Studies can provide you with the skills to launch a brilliant Graphic Design career.

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Design & Media

Getting to know the industry

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 digital 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 people working as Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years: from 59,500 in 2018 to 67,000 by 2023. There are likely to be around 27,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,400 a year).

This is a very large occupation suggesting that opportunities should be available in most regions.

Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators have an above average proportion of full-time jobs (70 per cent).

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$37,000 AUD

Average (median) salary with this standard level of qualification


Improved work status after completing this course


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Diploma of Graphic Design

Getting to know the course

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.

Our 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 software including Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, Affinity Publisher, and DaVinci Resolve. 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 within the creative industries. 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.

Our Graphic Design courses offer hands-on training in contemporary and traditional design, photography, video production and website development. You will be producing visually engaging digital content for commercial use and giving you the skills to become proficient in using design, typography, video and photo media for promotion and marketing. You will learn cutting edge practices for originating and developing concepts for your brand or product, learning to develop engaging content and creating professional, effective and engaging video for product marketing, promotion and presentations.

If you require foundation skills in graphic design, visual arts or digital content production our Certificate III in Design Fundamentals is an exciting introduction into the world of graphic design and digital content creation. The CUA30720 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals provides a solid foundation in the principles of designing and creating a range of content including 2D and 3D designs, photographic composition, image editing and video production.

Why we have screen and media production units in our graphic design course.

In our internet-centric and e-commerce world, digital video content is King. It is the present - and future - of all business and product marketing. When you consider that by 2020, digital video will constitute over fifty percent of all mobile traffic - and up to eighty percent of all web traffic, businesses and entrepreneurs must now embrace video as their primary and most effective marketing tool.

Ninety percent of all major product marketing now uses video as the central component to their campaigns and learning how to create, manage and distribute digital video content, is becoming the all-important strategy for business in the 21st Century. The goal is engagement with your customers. Digital video advertising has been shown to be six hundred percent more effective in marketing a product or idea than print and direct mail combined.

With three hundred hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, two billion video views on Snapchat daily and four billion daily streams on Facebook, now is the best time to learn to create digital content and use it as the major tool to drive sales for your product or business idea.

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Access to computers at anytime during business hours

Full colour printers/copiers for course related work

Your student ID card is included

Access to Microsoft 365 & other course software

Free social events, lunches & BBQs

Access to student lounge with complimentary tea & coffee

Unlimited High-speed Wi-fi

Student ID card

Stationery as required

Printing & photocopying

Unlimited access to Microsoft 365

Access to computers with required software

21+ hrs of face-to-face help per week

learning from your real-world industry expert

Meet your lecturers for this course
Bec Humphrey

learning from your real-world industry expert

Meet your lecturers for this course
David Warrilow

learning from your real-world industry expert

Meet your lecturers for this course
Mike Crawley
CUA50720 | 105828E

Diploma of Graphic Design

CUA50720 | 105828E
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