Graphic Design Courses

CUA50715 - Diploma of Graphic Design

CUA30715 - Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

Your graphic design career path starts here.

These qualifications will give you the specialised technical skills to launch your design career.

Digital technology and the internet provide opportunities for digital media creators to carve out a place for themselves in the changing digital media landscape. Our courses in creative industries provide students with the skills and knowledge to become innovators in the growing digital economy. Our approach is that creative excellence should be nurtured. We foster creative excellence by providing a strong educational base, hands on training, access to mentors and creative skills development, pathways into industry and professional practice, and ongoing career development. Our creative industries offerings include, Graphic Design, Screen and Media and Photography.

These courses are ideal for people seeking to advance or develop skills in graphic design, digital arts and visual communications. These design courses will give you the skills you need to work individually or collaboratively as a graphic designer, digital content creator or visual artist within the creative industries environment.

Our design and media studios are equipped with industry standard equipment and software including Affinity Photo, Affinty Designer, Affinty Publisher, and DaVinci Resolve. You'll also get to study and work in a collaborative, simulated design studio environment to prepare you for life in the industry.

Successful completion of these courses also provides great articulation opportunities into higher education courses.

Creative Industries

Our Graphic Design courses offer hands-on training in originating and developing concepts for your brand or product, learning to develop engaging content and creating professional, effective and engaging video production for product marketing, promotion and presentations. In addition, you can learn cutting edge practices for design and web marketing, producing visually engaging tools for commercial use and become proficient in using design, typography, video and photomedia for promotion and marketing.

The Australian government’s Job Outlook website states, the number of people working as Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years: from 59,500 in 2018 to 67,000 by 2023.

There are likely to be around 27,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,400 a year).

This is a very large occupation suggesting that opportunities should be available in most regions.

Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators have an above average proportion of full-time jobs (70 per cent).

CUA50715 - Diploma of Graphic Design

This qualification reflects the role of graphic designers at the beginning of their professional careers. They combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges. They have a sound understanding of design theory and practice and are able to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions.

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Course Requirements

To be awarded a Diploma of Graphic Design, competency must be achieved in all nineteen (19) units.

Core Units

BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice

CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

CUAGRD501 Research visual communication history and theory

CUAGRD502 Produce graphic designs for 2D and 3D applications

CUAGRD503 Produce typographic design solutions

CUAGRD504 Create and manipulate graphics

CUAGRD505 Design and manipulate complex layouts

CUAGRD506 Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs

CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work


BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts

CUAPOS402 Manage media assets

CUADIG401 Author interactive media

CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work

CUACAM401 Shoot a wide range of screen content

CUAPOS401 Edit screen content for fast turnaround

CUASOU407 Edit sound

CUASOU410 Record sound on location

CUADIG403 Create user interfaces

CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice

*The course unit selection may change without notice.

CUA30715 - Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

The Certificate III in design fundamentals provides the underpinning skills and knowledge required to work across a range of creative industries as digital and traditional content creators. Design fundamentals focusses on skills building in concept development, drawing, photography, videography, software skills using the latest Adobe Creative Cloud suite. It is a pathway into graphic design, photoimaging, visual arts or the screen and media industry or further study.

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Course Requirements

To be awarded a Certificate III in design fundamentals, competency must be achieved in all twelve (12) units.

Core Units

BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of others

BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge

BSBDES201 Follow a design process

BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour

BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas


CUADIG303 Produce and prepare photo images

CUAPHI302 Capture photographic images

CUACAM301 Shoot material for screen productions

CUADIG306 Produce video art

CUAPOS201 Perform basic vision and sound editing

*The course unit selection may change without notice.

Vet Student Loan - Available for Diploma of Graphic Design

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies. For more information on Vet Student Loans.


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Don't be Fooled – The Real Costs Associated with courses at other colleges

It's essential to understand exactly what's included in your course fees and whether there will be additional mandatory fees charged by the college

Other colleges have addition costs which require you to purchase things like:

  • Student ID ($25)
  • A Laptop/Computer with required software ($1000’s)
  • Printing & photocopying by student ($/per print)
  • Stationery ($???)
  • USB Thumb Drive and/or Portable Hard Drive ($100’s)
  • Equipment Kit ($55 + $18/month for cloud services)
  • Software Subscription A$21.99/month for the first year and A$43.99/month after that

At Australian Institute of Advanced Studies everything is included in the cost of your course. You get to use the latest software suite for the duration of your study, free of charge! You get to use the computers for course related work at anytime during business hours for the whole time you are studying your course, free of charge! You have access to full colour printers/copiers for course related work, free of charge! Your student ID is included and access to Microsoft 365 from anywhere is free of charge! (See course details for what's included in each course).

Brisbane Campus

Our Brisbane campus is located within the Mount Gravatt TAFE grounds just 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. The campus facilities are modern, with plenty of free parking and is conveniently located with access to excellent transport facilities with two major bus lines stopping at the campus gates.


All information was accurate at time of publication, however Australian Institute of Advanced Studies policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.