Graphic Design

Go beyond the textbook – this unique, hands-on graphic design course teaches you advanced skills.

We’re talking typography, layout and design, colour psychology, computer graphics, advanced advertising, packaging design, promotional design and commercial illustration. Develop excellent design awareness, and strengthen your creative voice through this Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV50311).

Your qualification options

Did you know, you can complete a course with similar outcomes and graduate with a higher qualification? Studying a Higher Education Diploma of Graphic Design through our sister college Billy Blue College of Design allows you to:

  • develop key technical on-the-job skills valued by employers
  • access personal and professional development opportunities
  • graduate with a Higher Education qualification
  • pathway to a degree down the track
  • utilise a Government student loan covering all of your course fees

QUALIFICATION CODE

CUA50715

CRICOS CODE

090461C

 

(Accrediting body Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA))

HOW CAN I STUDY?

WHERE CAN I STUDY?

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Choose to study part time or full time, on campus or online. You can even mix it up with part on campus, part online with blended learning.

BLENDED LEARNING
(Mix of online and on campus study)

Full time
3 trimesters (12 weeks each)
20 hours per week (15 hours on campus, 5 hours online)
Part time (only available to Domestic students)
6 trimesters (12 weeks each)
Trimester 1, 4, 6 = 8 hours per week (6 hours on campus, 2 hours online).
Trimester 2, 3, 5 = 12 hours per week (6 hours on campus, 6 hours online).
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ONLINE LEARNING

Full time
3 trimesters (12 weeks each)
20 hours per week
Part time (only available to Domestic students)
6 trimesters (12 weeks each)
Trimester 1, 4, 6 = 8 hours per week
Trimester 2, 3, 5 = 12 hours per week

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Course Assessment: competency based assessment - demonstrated skills and knowledge, practical and written projects, and presentations.

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CATC has design colleges in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. You can also choose to study the entire course, or part of it, online.

STUDY ON CAMPUS

Sydney

46 - 52 Mountain St Ultimo

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Melbourne

595 Little Collins St Melbourne

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Brisbane

90 Bowen Tce
Fortitude Valley

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...OR STUDY ONLINE

WHEREVER YOU ARE

CATC Diploma courses can be studied fully online.

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CATC Vocational Education Training (VET), courses are delivered by Think: Colleges Pty Ltd ACN 050 049 299, Provider

Registration Code: 0269. HEP No. 4375. CRICOS Provider Code 00246M.

ALL STUDENTS

To enter this qualification, people must be able to demonstrate graphic design skills to support learning at Diploma level. In particular they must be able to provide evidence of their ability to:

  • produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges
  • engage with the design process by developing design solutions through research, reflection and the generation and refinement of ideas
  • produce typography that supports the overall design solution
  • show examples of computer skills using graphic design industry software, which may include multipage layout and digital manipulation
  • apply knowledge of graphic design trends and technologies. Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

Domestic students seeking VET Student Loans

  1. A completed Australian secondary education qualification or equivalent; OR
  2. Undertake Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing and demonstrate competency at exit level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

  1. Equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.0
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Key Dates

FEES & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED

Start Date Census Dates Last Day Breaks

Mon 20 Feb 2017

10 Mar

14 May

15 May - 4 Jun

Mon 05 Jun 2017

23 Jun

27 Aug

28 Aug - 17 Sep

Mon 18 Sep 2017

6 Oct

10 Dec

11 Dec - 18 Feb 2018

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DOMESTIC STUDENTS

Estimated Total Course Cost: $AU 21,022

Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans is a Government loan program that helps students pay for their tuition fees up to a set amount (known as a loan cap). Students need to meet eligibility requirements in order to access the scheme and the course debt is required to be repaid in full to the Commonwealth. Think Colleges is an approved VET Student Loans provider and the VET Student Loans scheme is available for this course. As the difference between the loan cap and course price varies by study mode, please speak to your Course & Careers Adviser about what this means for you.

Further information about VET Student Loans, including eligibility, is available at:

VET Student Loans website

But wait, you have more options!

Our sister college Billy Blue College of Design offers a Higher Education (HE) qualification that gives you the same employability outcomes and additional personal development opportunities.

Eligible students can also access a Government student loan covering all course fees and will graduate with a Higher Education qualification valued by employers. Read more about this course here

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

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Students studying at CATC (full time, part time or online) are required to have a computer throughout their studies. On-campus students are required to have a laptop, online students - a laptop or desktop computer as well as a printer, scanner and phone.

Minimum recommended hardware specifications:

Mac(preferred but not essential)

  • 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or higher
  • Retina display (suggested)
  • Mac OS X Mavericks (or more recent)
  • 8GB 1600MHz RAM (minimum)
  • 500GB hard drive (or higher)
  • 2GB graphics processor (or higher)

PC

  • Multicore Intel processor (Dual core i5 minimum) or AMD processor: 2GHz or better.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (Windows8.1 or more recent recommended)
  • 8GB of RAM (minimum)
  • 500GB hard drive (or higher)
  • 2GB graphics processor (or higher)

Storage

  • 1TB external portable hard drive

Software requirements:

  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional CC
  • Adobe InDesign CC
  • Microsoft Office (Home and Student suite) 2010 orlater version

We recommend students purchase a subscription membership with Adobe Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher Edition). We suggest the ‘Complete — Student version’, which is heavily discounted and provides full access to all Adobe applications.

Australian Adobe site: https://creative.adobe.com/plans?store_code=au

Please Note: Internet access is required for software activation and validation of subscription, as well as to online services.

Art Kits

All students commencing this Graphic Design course (on-campus or online) will require art materials for their studies. You can buy an Art Kit in full or make purchases as needed throughout your course from anywhere you choose. For a detailed materials list, please get in touch with a Course and Career Advisor

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SUBJECT INFORMATION

This Course consists of 9 core units plus10 elective units of which:

  • 6 units must be selected from the electives listed
  • 4 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives
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WHY STUDY GRAPHIC DESIGN?

Graphic design influences almost everything we see!

Knowing how to communicate visually is an important skillset, and opens many career doors. Use your qualification for a career in design or stand out as a creative thinker when applying for other roles. It’s a great investment either way.

Graduate Spotlight

Jenny Liu

2011: Worked as a Fashion Designer
2014: Graduated from CATC
Now: Graphic Designer at Impact Posters

Possible careers in graphic design

  • Magazine graphic designer
  • Advertising graphic designer
  • Graphic artist
  • Multimedia illustrator
  • Junior art director
  • Brand and identity designer
 

Want to be a designer for a day?

TAKE YOUR DESIGN CAREER FOR A TEST DRIVE

Attend a ‘Day in the Life of a Designer’ workshop and get inspired by the journey of design!

See workshop dates
"I chose CATC for the flexibility of the online course."

My favourite part of studying with CATC was the relevant and industry ready information it provided. The subjects were very aligned to the industry. The course provided the relevant and current educational materials that helped me realise my strengths and areas of development. Every subject is delivered interesting and is engaging. The lecturers were also very encouraging and were very attentive to my needs as a student.

Helen Sakkas   |   DIPLOMA OF GRAPHIC DESIGN (CUV50311), Online HEAR FROM MORE STUDENTS
 

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