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CUA60320 Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Enhance your graphic design skills with this industry-connected qualification. You’ll come away with the skills required to establish and negotiate a design brief, manage design realisation and extend your typographic design expertise.


Targeting the practical aspects and employability skills for the design industry, this program will interest those wishing to work as a:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Pre-press designer
  • Junior Art Director
  • Computer Finished Artist
  • Illustrator Layout artist
  • Packaging Designer

Course Structure


Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA60320)
7 Subjects

  • From Design Brief to Design
  • Typography 2
  • Managing Design and eBusiness
  • Observational Drawing
  • Design and the Environment
  • Graphic Projects for Business
  • Understanding the Graphic Design Workplace

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/Credit Transfer

Students may be eligible to obtain credits for individual modules as a result of experience gained in employment in the relevant business fields or from previous training or education. A fee is payable for assessing your RPL status. Students may also be eligible for credit transfer for relevant units studied at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Please see College Policies for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/Credit Transfer Policy.

Mode of Delivery

Overseas students: Full-time study delivered face-to-face with up to one third (⅓) online. 

Domestic students: Full-time/part-time study options delivered face-to-face, online and/or blended.

Graphic Design students will require the following equipment and software:

• A functioning and monitored email address
• A modern computer (see specs below)
• Face-to-face students: Laptop
• Online students: Laptop or desktop
• Broadband internet access (300 kbps is a minimum requirement)
• A video capable device and/or a digital camera
• Access to a scanner/printer (minimum 1000+ DPI, A4 size)
• Sufficient IT skill sets to operate in an online environment

• Adobe CC; InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator Student price (Approx. $21.99 per month)
• Microsoft Office, Excel & Powerpoint or equivalent software (Approx. $199.00 one off payment)
• Relevant software to upload and download PDFs & videos

To operate Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Applications the computer requires;

• Internet connection required 
• PC: Microsoft® Windows 7 or later, Intel® Core 2 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor; 2 GHz or faster processor, minimum 2.6 GB or more of available hard-disk space, OpenGL 2.0-capable system.
• Mac: Mac OS X v10.9 or later, Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, 2 GB or more of RAM (8 GB recommended), 4 GB or more of available hard-disk space for installation, OpenGL 2.0-capable system

Sample Timetable

08:30 - 12:30 Lecture Lecture
13:30 - 17:30 Studio workshop Studio workshop


  • All subjects have a compulsory online component of 2 hours per subject


All APC vocational courses are assessed through a combination of assessment types that may include short answer questions, studio projects, essays, reports, group tasks, portfolios and/or presentations.

Entry Requirements


Successful completion of the CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design or equivalent or submission of sample of work (portfolio) with 5-8 pieces of original creative work.

To enter this qualification, individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills and ability to:

• Apply visual communication history and theory to own professional practice
• Produce professional typography
• Produce graphic designs for two-dimensional and three-dimensional applications
• Create and manipulate graphics and design complex publication layouts 

(Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through graphic design work experience or through formal study)

Click here to download the our full sample of works (portfolio) guide.

English Level Required (Overseas students only)*

Successful completion of 8 weeks of General English at Intermediate level or equivalent (plus 80% attendance) at English Unlimited or 10 weeks at other approved providers.

Check your English level here


APC Design School Policies (Domestic students only)

Course Quick Facts

Course Length

Full-time: 4 terms (approx. 1 year)

Part-time*: 8 terms (approx. 2 years)

*Part-time option only available for
domestic students.

Start Dates


11 October


31 January
26 April*
18 July
10 October

NOTE: Course and campus availability subject to demand. 
One term = 12 weeks (9 weeks study & 3 weeks course break. 
Please note the Christmas/New Year break is 7 weeks).

*Starting day moved to Tuesday as Monday is a public holiday


Tuition fees*: 

$8,000 ($2000 per term)
Application fee: $150 for overseas students

Domestic students
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Non-tuition fees

Schedule of Administrative (Non-Tuition) Fees