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Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design CUA60315

Overview

The CIT Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design is well regarded by industry. You will refine and extend your abilities at developing design concepts and also work on more complex design projects.

You will collaborate and work in teams, develop negotiation and organisational abilities in order to establish effective work practices for production of work. You will develop a wide-ranging command of highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual abilities and knowledge in visual communication. You may produce work in traditional print design, digital media design or both.

Projects may include corporate branding, packaging design, publication design, web graphics, websites, 2D animations and a public exhibition of your work. Real industry experience (placements) are encouraged and supported with local industry.
This is a full time course, based on assignments, industry visits and deadlines to replicate the working environment.

This course integrates both print and screen-based applications of the design process.

Qualification: Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design CUA60315
Program No: AD-BD22
Campus: CIT Reid 
Duration: 3 days a week (approx. 21 hours a week) for 2 semesters. Please note: because some subjects count towards both qualifications, if you have completed the Diploma of Graphic Design at CIT, completion of the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design will take 1 semester.
Likely Job Outcome: Professional graphic design practitioners.
Application Type: Private
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Additional Information

The Advanced Diploma as offered at CIT, integrates both print and screen-based output applications of the design process. You will produce work in traditional print design, digital media design or both.

This is a fully commercial course with no concessions available. ACT Government Fee Assistance does not apply.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

To apply for this qualification, you must
- have a Diploma of Graphic Design or an equivalent qualification*

*If you do not have the Diploma, you may be asked to present a portfolio of your work at an interview to demonstrate relevant skills or aptitude for design. Your portfolio and the interview process may highlight gaps in your design skills, in which case, you may be asked to enrol in additional Diploma units.

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Further Study

Charles Sturt University
This program will credit into the Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Interior Architecture.
Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design).

University of Canberra
This program will provide 48 credit points into the Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Graphic Design or the Bachelor of Web Design & Production. You will have the opportunity to complete a double degree Bachelor of Graphic Design and Bachelor of Web Design and Production in 24 months.

Literacy Skills Information

We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 3 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. See below to check your literacy skills. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level program. Please visit Education and Community or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

Transition Information

Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

Subject Cancellations/Changes

To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Complete all 15 subjects

Students who have already completed the Diploma of Graphic Design will not be required to complete all the subjects listed below as they will have already done them as part of their study.
  • BSBDES502  Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
    • CIT Code: DSGN172
      Cost: $660.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work proactively with a client or commissioning organisation to develop and negotiate a design brief.
      It applies to individuals working in any industry or design context where the designer plays a key role in determining the scope and nature of work required. Establishment, negotiation and refinement of a design brief requires the integration of highly-developed creative thinking, communication and planning skills in a process that may not be linear. Adaptability and effective responses to change and new ideas are crucial.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAGRD603  Extend typographic design expertise
    • CIT Code: GRPH220
      Cost: $1525.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to exploit the potential of typography to solve complex design challenges through research and exploration of advanced and specialised applications. It applies to individuals with a highly developed conceptual and technical understanding of type. They work in many different industry contexts including design studios, commercial printing, advertising, publishing, television and marketing. They work with two-dimensional (2-D), three-dimensional (3-D) and virtual applications. At this level, the designer is working independently, though is usually a member of a collaborative creative team.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAGRD601  Engage in the business of graphic design
    • CIT Code: GRPH218
      Cost: $1639.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to adopt a professional, commercial approach to graphic design practice.It applies to individuals who work autonomously across a diverse range of industry and community contexts. They could be employed by others in small or large organisations, operate as freelancers or set up their own studios.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • BSBDES601  Manage design realisation
    • CIT Code: DSGN173
      Cost: $660.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage the process of taking a design from concept to final realisation or production. It has a strong focus on planning, implementation and monitoring skills, combined with a sound knowledge of design and production issues and challenges in a given context.
      It applies to individuals working in any industry context or design discipline who take responsibility for turning design concept into reality – a product or service of value to the end-user. This person could be an individual designer-maker or a designer working as part of a larger design/production team.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPPR504  Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
    • CIT Code: ARTS309
      Cost: $1094.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to integrate environmentally sustainable approaches into creative art or design practice in order to reduce own ecological footprint across all areas of operation. It applies to individuals who work as artists or designers. Sustainability considerations apply both to activities within the practice and to the design of products and services that might be made, operated or used by others. The practitioner applies a self-directed approach to ensuring the sustainability of own creative practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • BSBPMG522  Undertake project work
    • CIT Code: PROJ194
      Cost: $660.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. It covers developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project and reviewing the project to identify lessons learned for application to future projects.
      This unit applies to individuals who play a significant role in ensuring a project meets timelines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other requirements set for the project.
      The unit does not apply to specialist project managers. For specialist project managers, the other units of competency in the project management field (BSBPMG) will be applicable.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPPR604  Publicly present a body of own creative work
    • CIT Code: ARTS314
      Cost: $690.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to generate ideas for a public presentation of a coherent body of own professional creative work; then plan and prepare the presentation, including own work; and promote and evaluate it. It applies to individuals who are creative practitioners working in a range of different sectors. The presentations may be physical or virtual, and may include exhibitions, shows, competitions and performances.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • BSBDES501  Implement design solutions
    • CIT Code: DSGN171
      Cost: $660.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to take a design concept or solution to the implementation stage. The outcome of work could be a completed product, object, system or service, but is more likely to be a complete or partial prototype or model for the design. The focus of the unit is on a general knowledge of design techniques and processes, and practical application to a specific design context.
      It applies to individuals who implement concepts and solutions in response to a design challenge in any industry context.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAACD512  Work with photomedia in creative practice
    • CIT Code: ARTS270
      Cost: $392.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work with any type of photomedia professional creative practice. It applies to individuals who work in many media and disciplines and use photomedia for the creative presentation or documentation of work, or to create parts or the whole of a finished work. It may include still images, film, video, music or interactive content. This unit does not address the specialised skills needed by photo imaging professionals.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • BSBADV509  Create mass print media advertisements
    • CIT Code: MKTG255
      Cost: $660.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create mass print media advertisements that communicate key features of a product, service or idea to consumers.
      It applies to individuals working in a supervisory or management advertising role within an advertising team or media organisation who are primarily responsible for development of mass print advertisements. Individuals undertaking this unit may develop mass print media advertisements themselves or coordinate a team to produce the advertisement.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAACD501  Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
    • CIT Code: ARTS259
      Cost: $483.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use drawing and other visual representation tools to develop, refine and communicate ideas for creative work. The unit focus is on manual drawing development and refinement, and visual representation as cognitive tools in a professional practice, rather than a particular level of drawing technique. It applies to individuals who are professional practitioners working in any area related to visual communication using drawing and other visual representation tools to support their practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUADIG401  Author interactive media
    • CIT Code: MEDA217
      Cost: $575.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to author a complete interactive media product, for example, an entire website. It applies to individuals who apply sound knowledge of mark-up and scripting languages to develop templates, themes styles sheets, forms and form objects for programmers and the technical support team. They may also use a variety of authoring software used to produce complex interactions such as digital simulations, games and puzzles. They work primarily on client-side technologies.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUADIG403  Create user interfaces
    • CIT Code: MEDA375
      Cost: $575.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create a user interface for an interactive media product. It applies to individuals who respond to design specifications and generate a range of design options that incorporate user-centred design principles and comply with platform standards. They work in a team environment with some supervision or guidance.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAGRD607  Develop graphic designs for branding and identity
    • CIT Code: GRPH224
      Cost: $1399.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create graphic designs for branding and identity that convey key messages about organisations or brands and their underpinning philosophies.  It applies to individuals who work in a range of industry contexts that include design consultancy, commercial printing, advertising, publishing, television or marketing. Graphic designers also frequently offer their services on a freelance basis.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  •  Originating graphic designs for complex briefs
    • CIT Code: GRPH240
      Cost: $1673.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to independently conceive, plan and realise professional graphic design work to meet the demands of complex communication challenges and graphic design briefs. It applies to individuals who work as designers in many different contexts including studios, commercial printing, advertising, publishing, television or marketing. They possess highly developed planning and analytical thinking and technical and creative capabilities.
      This subject achieves the Unit of Competency CUAGRD602 Originate graphic designs for complex briefs

      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Diploma Graphic Design CUA50715
Statement Attainment Preparatory Skill Set for Professional Graphic Design Practice CUASS00049

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au