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Diploma of Graphic Design CUA50715

Are you a creative thinker with a natural eye for design? Our Diploma of Graphic Design will equip you with the key conceptual and technical skills to communicate your ideas effectively across multiple digital platforms.


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

  • Entry level Graphic Designer
  • Junior First Design and Layout Assistant
  • Entry level Typographer
  • Graphic Design Production Assistant
  • Entry level Illustrator

Course Structure


Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA50715)
8 Subjects

  • Visual Communication Skills
  • Design for Production
  • The Consumer & the Designer
  • Typography 1
  • Visual Communication History
  • 2D & 3D Graphic Design
  • Working in Digital Design
  • Advanced Graphic Design Studio

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 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 Australian Year 11 or equivalent, or a Certificate IV level course 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:

• produce multiple examples of graphic design work
that respond effectively to different design challenges
• produce typography that supports the overall design
• use graphic design industry software


• Certificate III in Design Fundamentals or equivalent

Click here to download the our full portfolio guide.

English Level Required (Overseas students only)*

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

Check your English level here

APC Design School policies (Domestic students only)

APC Design School Access and Equity Policy
APC Design School VFH Statement of Tuition Assurance
APC Design School VSL Statement of Tuition Assurance
APC Design School Cancellation Refund and Re-credit Policy
APC Design School FEE-HELP Review Procedures for Re-crediting FEE-HELP Balances
APC Design School Privacy of Information Policy - External Policy
APC Design School Privacy of Information Policy - Internal Policy
APC Design School RPL and Credit Transfer Policy
APC Design School Student Complaints and Appeals Policy

Course Quick Facts

Course Length

4 terms (approximately 12 months)

Start Dates

22 July
14 October

03 February
27 April
20 July
12 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).


Course 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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