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CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Next intake February 2025
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months

Course description

Graphic Design as a career is in demand, and this course will give you an industry-ready qualification, so you can be creative every day.

You will become competent in just some of the below skills, learning from practising industry professionals:

  • Technical, creative and conceptual skills
  • How to create design solutions for a range of client briefs and real work examples
  • How to produce creative and relevant design solutions for corporate branding, commercial printing and freelance design using illustration, packaging, digital media, and more.

A digital folio is required for entry. Check the entrance requirements below.

Possible career outcomes

  • Graphic Designer
  • Content Creator 
  • Illustrator
  • Finished Artist 
  • Editorial or Publication Designer
  • Freelance Designer

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

Applications for this course are not currently open.

Please contact customer service on 52250538 during business hours to discuss upcoming intake dates.

2025 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 1 Feb 2025 
Class DayStart: 3 Feb 2025
Mon to Thurs 9.00am to 4.00pm
Full-time: 12 months    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.

  • Applicants must provide evidence, via submission of a digital folio, of their technical skills and ability to: produce multiple examples of graphic design work that responds effectively to different design challenges, produce typography that supports the overall design solution and use graphic design industry software. Skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Create and manipulate graphics CUAGRD514 60
Design and manipulate complex layouts CUAGRD515 65
Develop and extend design skills and practice CUADES413 30
Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs CUAGRD516 60
Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications CUAGRD502 60
Produce typographic design solutions CUAGRD503 60
Refine drawing and other visual representation tools CUAACD531 80
Research visual communication history and theory CUAGRD501 55
Elective Units Code Hours
Create observational drawings CUAACD532 60
Develop and execute advertising concepts CUAGRD614 55
Develop and refine illustrative work CUAILL401 50
Develop graphic designs for branding and identity CUAGRD617 65
Develop graphic designs for packaging CUAGRD616 65
Establish negotiate and refine a design brief CUADES512 65
Present a body of own creative work CUAPPR513 60
Provide freelance services CUAIND412 40
Realise a body of creative work CUAPPR511 80
Select and refine a specialised drawing technique CUAACD533 70
Work with photomedia in creative practice CUAACD522 65


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Standard Tuition AUD $5.70 per hour 1170 AUD $6,669.00 AUD $7,572.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $12.18 per hour 1170 AUD $14,251.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $1,030.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $175.50


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $18,097

Payment plans may be available for students who are not eligible for a VET Student Loan.

VET Student Loan

To be eligible to apply for a VET Student Loan, applicants will be required to:

  • undertake an independent assessment test to ensure they possess Level 3 in reading and numeracy, or
  • provide their Year 12 certificate, or
  • provide evidence of completion of a Certificate IV or above.

  • Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 26/06/2024 4:00:36 PM