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CUA60315 Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Enhance your graphic design skills with this industry-connected qualification. You’ll come away with the skills required to establish and negotiate a design brief, manage design realisation and extend your typographic design expertise.


Targeting the practical aspects and employability skills for the design industry, this program will interest those wishing to work as a:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Pre-press designer
  • Junior Art Director
  • Computer Finished Artist
  • Illustrator Layout artist
  • Packaging Designer

Course Structure


Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA60315)
7 Subjects

Graphic Design course outline

  • From Design Brief to Design
  • Typography 2
  • Managing Design and eBusiness
  • Observational Drawing
  • Design and the Environment
  • Graphic Projects for Business
  • Design Work Placement 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/Credit Transfer

Students may be eligible to obtain credits for individual modules as a result of experience gained in employment in the relevant business fields or from previous training or education. A fee is payable for assessing your RPL status. Students may also be eligible for credit transfer for relevant units studied at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

RPL and credit transfer policy for overseas students
RPL and Credit Transfer Policy for domestic students

Mode of Delivery

Overseas students: All vocational courses are delivered face-to-face and with up to one third (⅓) delivered online. 

Please refer here for more information.

Domestic students: face-to-face, online and blended options available

Graphic Design students will require the following equipment and software:

• A functioning and monitored email address
• A modern computer (see specs below)
• Face-to-face students: Laptop
• Online students: Laptop or desktop
• Broadband internet access (300 kbps is a minimum requirement)
• A video capable device and/or a digital camera
• Access to a scanner/printer (minimum 1000+ DPI, A4 size)
• Sufficient IT skill sets to operate in an online environment

• Adobe CC; InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator Student price (Approx. $21.99 per month)
• Microsoft Office, Excel & Powerpoint or equivalent software (Approx. $199.00 one off payment)
• Relevant software to upload and download PDFs & videos

To operate Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Applications the computer requires;

• Internet connection required 
• PC: Microsoft® Windows 7 or later, Intel® Core 2 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor; 2 GHz or faster processor, minimum 2.6 GB or more of available hard-disk space, OpenGL 2.0-capable system.
• Mac: Mac OS X v10.9 or later, Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, 2 GB or more of RAM (8 GB recommended), 4 GB or more of available hard-disk space for installation, OpenGL 2.0-capable system

Sample Timetable

08:30 - 12:30 Lecture Lecture
13:30 - 17:30 Studio workshop Studio workshop


  • All subjects have a compulsory online component of 2 hours per subject


All APC vocational courses are assessed through a combination of assessment types that may include short answer questions, studio projects, essays, reports, group tasks, portfolios and/or

Entry Requirements


Successful completion of the Diploma of Graphic Design (Course code: CUA50715) or equivalent qualification and submission of a design portfolio with 5-8 pieces of original creative work.

To enter this qualification, individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills and ability to:

• Apply visual communication history and theory to own professional practice
• Produce professional typography
• Produce graphic designs for two-dimensional and three-dimensional applications
• Create and manipulate graphics and design complex publication layouts 

(Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through graphic design work experience or through formal study)


• Certificate III in Design Fundamentals or equivalent

Click here to download the our full sample of works (portfolio) guide.

English Level Required (Overseas students only)*

Successful completion of 8 weeks of General English at Intermediate level or equivalent (plus 80% attendance) at English Unlimited or 10 weeks at other approved providers.

Check your English level here

APC Design School Policies (Domestic students only)

Course Quick Facts

Course Length

4 terms (approximately 12 months)

Start Dates



03 February
27 April
20 July
12 October



01 February
26 April
19 July
11 October


NOTE: Course and campus availability subject to demand. 

One term = 12 weeks (9 weeks study & 3 weeks course break. 
Please note the Christmas/New Year break is 7 weeks).


Tuition fees*: Total: $10,000 ($2,500 per term) 

Application fees:
Student visa holders - $250
Other visa holders - $200
Domestic students - $200

Domestic students
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