Diploma Of Graphic Design

Course Code: CUA50715
Study Area:
Graphic Design

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, video conferencing (classroom simulation) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements – where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course. Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports. You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

Start Date: 17 February 2021
End Date: 3 December 2021

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Your career as a designer starts here - the only limitation if your imagination.

Building on the skills gained in the Certificate IV in Design (CUA40715), the Diploma of Graphic Design will help you take the next step in your design career by honing and building on those skills. Learn how to combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create concepts and designs that meet client requirements.

  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure
  • Full-Time - Face-to-Face - 12 months.


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Practice at this level is underpinned by application of design theory, practice and the ability to analyse

    Career progression opportunities for a Graphic Designer include positions as Studio Manager, Art Director or Creative Director.

  • An interview by teaching staff, a literacy and numeracy assessment and presentation of a folio which provides evidence of your 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 solution.
    • Use graphic design industry software.

Course overview

Your career as a graphic designer starts here!

Your Course

CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design a nationally accredited course designed for students developing the ability to combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges.


  • Full-time.
  • Starts: 17 February 2021.
  • Ends: 3 December 2021.
  • Classes: Wednesday to Friday from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of design theory and practice, and the ability to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate sophisticated design solutions.

Career progression opportunities for a Graphic Designer include positions as Studio Manager, Art Director or Creative Director.

You will work in a studio environment, learn to plan your daily workflow and how to collaborate creatively.

To complement your creative and technical skills, you will graduate with employability skills, know how to deliver to a deadline, and manage a project.

You will also develop a portfolio of your original work.

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Literacy and Numeracy assessment, interview and presentation of folio.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge.

Learning options
  • Classroom in a studio based environment. Individual and group work.

Key study areas


To be awarded the qualification you must successfully complete nine core units and 10 elective units.

Your course is delivered face-to-face with clusters of units designed to give you hands-on instruction in a range of design techniques you can expect in the graphic design industry.


  • Drawing and Illustration
  • Design practice
  • Large format design
  • Document design
  • Web design and online advertising
  • 3D design
  • Design workflow
  • Portfolio

You will be regularly assessed during the course to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required. Assessments may include practical project-work, written and oral tasks.

Your course is classroom centred in a studio-based environment in which you will study individually and occasionally in groups, you will use industry-standard equipment and the latest digital design software.

Further study opportunities
  • Graduates of Bendigo TAFEs Diploma of Graphic Design are guaranteed entry into Deakin Universitys Bachelor of Communication (Advertising), Bachelor of Communication (Digital Media), Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) and Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations).


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$6,598.80
Concession - average total course fee*$1,317.60
Full fee - average total course fee*$13,662.00
B.   Materials average fee**$540.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$270.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

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