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Graphic Design Pathway Program

Provided by  Open Colleges

Course Overview

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This course is designed for people looking to become a graphic designer. This course includes the entry-level Graphic Design Essentials with the Diploma of Graphic Design.

During the course you will cover all the basics which include: typography, image, colour and tools, moving on to discover client briefs, advanced digital design, technical skills and creative practice.

A nationally recognised course catering to the requirements of our time, it includes user experience, digital design, and company branding and identity.

A great attribute of this course is that you will build a portfolio of work as you progress through the course that shows off your knowledge and skill, which is so important when it comes to gaining employment in the field of graphic design.

This course also offers a module called ‘Your own practice’ which exposes you to competing in a digital world and gives you the skills to market yourself and your work.

Enrolling in this course gives you a membership with AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association which is A valuable avenue to pursue job opportunites and industry information.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of North Coast TAFE.

Course Quick Look

Awarded By:
Open Colleges
Study Mode:
27 months
Nationally Recognised:


You will complete the Graphic Design Essentials first and then progress to the Diploma of Graphic Design.

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

Module 1: Typograghy

Produce typographic design solutions

Module 2: Create and manipulate graphics

Create and manipulate graphics

Module 3: Colour

Integrate colour theory and design processes

Module 4: Research and visual communication

Research visual communication history and theory

Module 5: Drawing and illustration

Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

Develop and refine illustrative work

Module 6: Branding and identity

Develop graphic designs for branding and identity

Design and manipulate complex layouts

Module 7: Print and packaging

Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications

Prepare digital images for pre-press processing

Module 8: Design briefs

Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

Create mass print media advertisements

Work with photomedia in creative practice

Module 9: Digital design and User Experience (UX)

Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art

Design interaction

Module 10: Your design practice

Develop and extend design skills and practice

Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs

Provide freelance services

Present a body of own creative work

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