Diploma of Graphic Design - CUA50720

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Vocational Education and Training (VET)
CRICOS: 00122A

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges. Practice at this level is underpinned by application of design theory and practice and the ability to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions.Practitioners may work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media. The job roles that relate to this qualification may include Graphic Designer, and related roles such as Studio Manager. It may also provide pathways to other related roles in graphic design and associated industries.Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations QualificationNo licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.Units of competency in qualificationSome individual units of competency may have their own licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Users must check individual units of competency for licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements relevant to that unit.


  • Research visual communication history and theory
  • Implement design solutions
  • Manage media assets
  • Set up and produce complex digital print
  • Design digital simulations
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Author interactive media
  • Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
  • Generate complex imposition
  • Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • Develop and manage a budget
  • Manage colour
  • Build and launch a small business website
  • Write complex documents
  • Set up and produce basic digital print
  • Manage personal and professional development
  • Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
  • Select and refine a specialised drawing technique
  • Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries
  • Design specifications for animation and digital visual effects
  • Develop and refine illustrative work
  • Design e-learning resources
  • Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Design and manipulate complex layouts
  • Create and optimise digital media
  • Refine illustration techniques
  • Research and apply light and colour
  • Design interactions
  • Source funding for projects
  • Integrate disability access and inclusion
  • Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
  • Develop social media engagement plans
  • Ensure a safe workplace
  • Develop professional illustrations
  • Design digital applications
  • Work with photomedia in creative practice
  • Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications
  • Write persuasive copy
  • Undertake project work
  • Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
  • Manage feedback on creative practice
  • Create and manipulate graphics
  • Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
  • Present a body of own creative work
  • Prepare audio assets
  • Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • Manage copyright arrangements
  • Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
  • Build dynamic websites
  • Set up and operate automated workflow
  • Produce typographic design solutions
  • Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
  • Digitise complex images for reproduction
  • Develop and apply knowledge of communications industry
  • Create user interfaces
  • Create visual design components
  • Collaborate in creative processes
  • Build and maintain business relationships
  • Create multiplatform advertisements for mass media
  • Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs
  • Create observational drawings
  • Realise a body of creative work
  • Develop and implement an e-commerce strategy
  • Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures
  • Provide freelance services
  • Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
  • Coordinate testing of interactive media products
  • Develop sustainability of own professional practice
  • Apply legal principles in intellectual property law matters
  • Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
  • Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
  • Contribute to managing work-related psychological health and safety
  • Make presentations
  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Originate and develop concepts

Standard entry requirements

Individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills and ability to:produce multiple examples of graphic design work that meets different design requirementsproduce typography that supports the overall design solutionuse graphic design industry software. Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience or formal study.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Brunswick International: $23,250 No
  • Full-time : 1 year

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