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  • Learning MethodOnline
  • IntakesStart anytime
  • LocationsAustralia Wide
  • DurationSelf-paced
    Max 27 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

Do you want to become a Graphic Designer, but don’t have any experience? The Graphic Design Pathway Program by Open Colleges is the right course for you. This course combines the entry-level Graphic Design Essentials short course with the Diploma of Graphic Design.

The course is suitable for those with little to zero experience, but who want to kickstart a career as a Graphic Designer. Perfect for those without a portfolio, you will develop one as part of the course. 

Please find a full list of units covered in this course further below.

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

Enquire now to find out more. 

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 

Students need to be able to demonstrate and/or provide evidence of their graphic design skills and ability. 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 

Successful completion of D0121 Graphic Design Essentials will provide you with the knowledge and skills to meet this entry requirement. 

If you already have knowledge and skills (from working or prior education) then you may be eligible to enrol directly in CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design and you should speak with an Enrolment Consultant about the direct entry requirements.  

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. 

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

Equipment and tools

This course requires you to have access to a specific tools, equipment, and resources.   

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.  

Refer to the Adobe website for current pricing.  


There are also computer and networking requirements. Enquire now to find out more. 


You will complete the Graphic Design Essentials short course first, and then progress to the Diploma of Graphic Design.  You will not get access to the CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design until you have completed Graphic Design Essentials. 

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 

NB: The Graphic Design Essentials section of the Graphic Design Pathway Program is non-accredited training.

CUA50720 ​Diploma of Graphic Design 

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

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Module 16


Module 17


Module 18


Module 19


Assessment details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Written assignments


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.