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  • Learning MethodOnline
  • IntakesStart anytime
  • LocationsAustralia Wide
  • DurationMax 24 months
Nationally Recognised Training

Please note that Open Colleges is a private institution and it is unlikely any government funding will be available for this course. This course will not qualify for Free TAFE. 

Course Overview

Career Outcomes:

  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Assistant Web/Digital Designer

If you are looking to study graphic design, this course by Open Colleges will provide you with the skills and knowledge required.

This course will cover a range of topics including the very fundamentals of design, more advanced methods of digital design, as well as UX, branding, and freelancing. Find more information on the units covered further below.

Upon completion of this course, you will be issued a CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design by Open Colleges (RTO: 90796).

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Job Outcomes

  • Assistant Web/Digital Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Operator
  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Junior Mac Operator
  • Package Designer

Prerequisite & Entry Criteria

Mandatory Local Entry Requirements 

To enter this qualification, students need to be able to demonstrate and/or provide evidence of their graphic design skills and ability. Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience or formal study. 

Students need to be able to: 

  • Produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges 
  • Produce typography that supports the overall design solution 
  • Use graphic design software 

To ensure a student meets these requirements, you will be required to: 

  • Complete the two graphic design tasks using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and/or Photoshop, OR 
  • Provide examples of your own existing work that meet similar criteria as below, OR 
  • Enrol in Graphic Design Pathway program, which includes D0121 Graphic Design Essentials. Successful completion of the Graphic Design Essentials course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to meet the module entry requirements. NOTE: You will not get access to the Diploma of Graphic Design until you have completed Graphic Design Essentials. There is an extra cost associated with the Graphic Design Essentials, which will be discussed as part of enrolment.

Task 1: Produce an A3 (297mm x 420mm) typographic poster that gives reasons why you want to be a graphic designer. The poster must: 

  • Use only 3 colours 
  • Use only one serif font and 1 sans-serif font 
  • As part of the design process, undertake some research into current design trends and incorporate this into your design 

IMPORTANT NOTE: While working on your poster and postcard, you must take 2 screenshots while each piece of work is in development. This allows us to see the software and tools that you are using.

Task 2: Produce a 105mm x 148mm postcard to match your typographic poster. The postcard must: 

  • Share the same style and theme and typography, however, it can only be black and white 
  • Only have 1 reason why you want to be a graphic designer on it.  Select the reason that is most important to you 

IMPORTANT NOTE: While working on your poster and postcard, you must take 2 screenshots while each piece of work is in development. This allows us to see the software and tools that you are using.  

Recommended Local Entry Requirements 

  • Are 18 years old (students under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian to enrol) 
  • 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 
  • Access to a modern computer with high-speed internet 
  • Access to Microsoft Office or equivalent 

To successfully complete this course, students will require the following basic computing skills on enrolment. This includes: 

  • Basic skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign 
  • Creating, saving, and editing Microsoft Office documents 
  • Accessing and searching the internet 
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites 
  • Uploading documents through websites/Cloud computing 
  • Understanding of participating in online discussions 
  • Attach and use peripheral devices such as scanners, digital cameras, media storage (e.g., flash drive for design storage). 
  • Saving a compressed file (.zip) 
  • Saving a PDF File and multipage PDF’s 
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images 
  • Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos 
  • Compressing image audio and video files 

It is also highly desirable that entrants have: 

  • Familiarity with Internet searches 
  • Experience with social media platforms 
  • Basic experience with Adobe Creative Cloud software 

It is recommended that a student achieves the following ACSF levels to successfully complete this course and be able to learn effectively in a self-paced online environment:  

  • Learning,– Level 4 
  • Reading, writing, oral communication & numeracy – Level 3 

If the student is still concerned about whether they have the skills to complete the course, they will be referred to Admissions as part of the enrolment process to complete a formal LLN assessment through BKSB. If the student does not achieve the recommended ACSF levels, their application will be sent to the Education Manager to determine if Open Colleges has the required level of support services available to support the needs of the student. In some cases, the student may be referred to an external provider such as their local TAFE to complete additional foundation skills training before being enrolled into the course. 


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Assessment details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Portfolio
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Written assessments


Recognition of prior learning may be available. Enquire now to find out more. 


PLEASE NOTE – Open Colleges is a privately-run Registered Training Organisation (RTO), not government-run like a TAFE. Therefore, Open Colleges cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.

Fees for this course depend on the payment method and any existing promotions available with Open Colleges.

Always remember to enquire about any:

  • Discounts
  • Payment Plans

which may be available.


About the Institution

Open Colleges (RTO 90796) is an Australian education market leader with over 125 years of experience. Now an online learning market leader, Open Colleges focuses on supporting individuals to learn at their own pace.