North Coast TAFE (RTO 90010)
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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.
Gain foundational skills as well as advanced technical and conceptual knowledge in this Graphic Design Pathway Program (CUA50715), built to equip you with the fundamentals for a successful career in graphic design.
Delivered online by North Coast TAFE through Open Colleges, this graphic design program kicks off with the Graphic Design Essentials Course to teach you how to use the full Adobe Creative Suite, utilised by graphic designers across the world.
Upon completion, you will move into the Diploma of Graphic Design course, where you will learn how to develop more advanced design ideas in line with diverse client briefs. In this online program, you will also cover how to manipulate graphics, use typography, integrate colour theory, develop brand and identity, use 2D and 3D applications, and design print media advertisements and digital art.
You will also look at graphic design from a professional standpoint: from providing freelance services, to presenting a body of creative work and meeting industry needs.
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:
Students must also have access to Adobe Creative Suite software and a digital camera or mobile phone with camera.
In this graphic design course, the units of competency you may study include:
Graphic Design Essentials:
Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA50715):
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.
"It was very grounded in reality and it was practical as well as theoretical. I recommend doing the training before starting to write. I see people that will come to our writers group and say ‘I’ve got this lovely story, my kids love it, my grandchildren love it,’ and it would never get published because they haven’t done any training and they don’t know how to write."
"Because it’s so flexible, it was easy for me to do it. I’ll be in the middle of an assignment and I can just pause it if my son is asking for lunch. I’ll quickly make him lunch or get a drink and I can just open it back up and go straight back into it to continue. The trainers have been great. They really try to get back to you on time and make sure they give you the best possible answers. They always seem to come back with a quick response."
"It’s given me a different mindset. I used to think you’d go out and do a job, like mechanics, for years and that you’d just get the qualification after years on the job. But with this, you can study for a couple of months and then you can go out into the world fully qualified and ready for the job and just go for it."
"I think the Open Colleges model is particularly good because you’re not tied down to due dates, you just have as much time as you need. You have people to get in touch with if you’re having trouble. I’ve actually had emails back at 10pm at night from my teacher. I’ve been sitting here and I’ve shot one off and they’ve got right back to me within that hour. You don’t get that anywhere."
"I am a farmer and I run a family farm with my husband. I was given the opportunity to study any course I wanted that would help our business, and that may help me earn some money off the land, so I chose to learn bookkeeping. The course is so useful and beneficial for our farm. It’s great to learn how to set journals out so our accountant can do the BAS and income tax, without them being all over the place."
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA50715) from North Coast TAFE.
Once you have completed the Graphic Design Essentials Course and transferred into the diploma program, you will be entitled to membership with the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) – the peak professional body for graphic design professionals in Australia.
This course will prepare you for a number of design fields, including brand and identity strategy, digital and web-based design, television, film and computer graphics, corporate design, book and magazine design, and advertising and illustration.
Wondering where a career in design could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:
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