D0121, CUA50720

Graphic Design Pathway Program

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    Open Colleges (RTO: 90796)

  • Qualification


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  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Self paced - maximum 27 months

  • Start Date

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  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Web Designer | Junior Graphic Designer | Graphic Designer | Brand Identity Designer | View all

This course meets the 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.

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  • In a Nutshell

    If you've always been interested in a career in graphic design but have no previous experience in the industry, then this Graphic Design Pathway Program from Open Colleges could be just what you're looking for. The course combines the D0121 Graphic Design Essentials with the CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design giving you a fast-track to a graphic design career.

    The CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design encompasses comprehensive training in all facets of graphic design, which is essential to assume a position as a Junior Graphic or Digital Designer, Freelance Designer or Content Developer. Participants will learn how to combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to develop designs that satisfy client requirements and tackle a range of visual communication challenges.

    The program is specifically intended to provide participants with job-ready skills; hence, all assessments have a real-world focus to prepare students for various types of design briefs and graphic design roles that they will encounter after graduation.

    Throughout the course, participants will build a portfolio of work that demonstrates their skills, ideas, creativity, and capability to meet client briefs. This portfolio can serve as a valuable resource when approaching potential employers and clients.

    PLEASE NOTE - Open Colleges is a privately-run RTO, not government-run like a TAFE, so they cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    Education requirements

    Students should have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to read and comprehend technical terms design terms, learn complex design task in an online self-paced environment, and communicate effectively through email. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete a qualification at Certificate IV level or higher (ACSF levels: Learning - Level 4; Reading, writing, oral communication & numeracy – Level 3).

    Minimum age

    You will need to be at least 18 years old.

    Equipment and tools

    Software Requirement (This is Mandatory Material):

    • This course requires the use of design industry software.  
    • You will need access to the Adobe Creative Suite, which can be purchased on subscription through the Adobe Creative Cloud (ACC).  
    • The ACC subscription is not included in the course fee. Student subscriptions are available at a reduced price.
  • Subject Breakdown

    While completing the Graphic Design Pathway Program from Open Colleges, you may study the following subjects:

    Graphic Design Essentials 

    • Elements and principles of design 
    • Colour theory 
    • Typography 
    • The design process 
    • The design brief 
    • Digital Design - Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

    CUA50720  Diploma of Graphic Design

    • CUAGRD503 - Produce typographic design solutions
    • CUAGRD514 - Create and manipulate graphics
    • CUAACD411 - Integrate colour theory and design processes
    • CUAGRD501 - Research visual communication history and theory
    • CUAACD531 - Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
    • CUAILL401 - Develop and refine illustrative work
    • CUAGRD617 - Develop graphic designs for branding and identity
    • CUAGRD515 - Design and manipulate complex layouts
    • CUAGRD502 - Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications
    • CUAPHI524 - Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
    • CUADES512 - Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
    • BSBMKG551 - Create multi-platform advertisements for mass media
    • CUAACD522 - Work with photomedia in creative practice
    • CUADIG519 - Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
    • CUADIG516 - Design interactions
    • CUAIND412 - Provide freelance services
    • CUAGRD516 - Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs
    • CUADES413 - Develop and extend design skills and practice
    • CUAPPR513 - Present a body of own creative work
  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges has been helping Australians realise their potential for over 125 years, and they're now one of Australia's leaders in online education. In the last decade alone, they've helped over 450,000 students gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.

    When you study with OC, you’ll graduate with a nationally recognised qualification that’ll help you find work across Australia. Their nationally recognised courses are designed by vocational experts, and you’ll learn job-ready skills from industry specialists.

    Online learning is all about flexibility, so they’ve designed their learning platform to be as flexible as possible. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can access it anytime you want. It’s designed to work around your lifestyle, not the other way around, so you can easily fit your study in with your other commitments.

    The common misconception is that studying online means that you’re studying alone, but at Open Colleges, they take great pride in the superior support provided to their students. They make it easy for you to get support when you need it with their student support team available Monday to Friday via email, phone and Live Chat and on the weekends, via Live Chat (when available). They’re here, in tandem with trainers and assessors, to make sure you’re supported the whole way through your course, from the time you enrol right through to your graduation.


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    Emma Christian-Hayes , Certificate IV in Allied Health specialising in Physiotherapy

    "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."

    Amy Stephenson , Certificate III in Accounts Administration

    "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."

    Marcia Lindsay , Diploma of Hospitality

    "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."

    Robyn Hundy , Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

    "My job is probably best described as a medical equipment specialist. I educate and train people in the use of CT scanners onsite. Getting the skills to use in trainings, to substantiate the work I do is very valuable. The course has changed my work and the way I approach training courses. It’s made me more confident and I’ll be better at my job."

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  • Where will this course take you?

    On completion of this Graphic Design Pathway Program from Open Colleges, you will receive a nationally recognised CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design from Open Colleges. You will have all the skills and knowledge to confidently start working in one of many different graphic design roles available across different sectors.

  • Career Outcomes

    Wondering where a career in graphic design could take you? Potential job outcomes may include: Graphic Designer, Graphic Artist, Illustrator, Product Designer, Art Director, Brand Designer.

  • Let's talk price

    Open Colleges offers a number of flexible payment models to suit your lifestyle and preferences:

    Pay in Full

    • Pay up-front and receive a 10% discount

    Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

    • Pay 50% up-front and remainder through a payment plan

    Payment Plan

    • Pay in weekly or fortnightly installments.
    • All Open Colleges payment plans are interest free.

    BPAY available

    Enquire now for more details and course costs.

    PLEASE NOTE - Open Colleges is a privately-run RTO, not government-run like a TAFE, so they cannot offer government funding. 

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