Graphic Design

Course/s

Diploma of Graphic Design
CRICOS: 090453C | National ID: CUA50715

Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
CRICOS: 094729C | National ID: CUA60315

Graphic Design and Digital Media

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Duration

Diploma: 1.5 years
Advanced Diploma: 12 months

Students receiving credit with a Diploma of Graphic Design from another institution may need to enrol into CIT's Advanced Diploma for 12 months. Students will be advised on the duration as part of the assessment process, so please ensure all academic transcripts are provided with the application.

TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 2 years
Diploma: 1.5 years | Advanced Diploma: 6 months

Intake

Semester 1 (February) 2018
Semester 1 (February) 2019

Campus

CIT Reid

Tuition Fees

2018*: Semester 1 - $6,850 | Semester 2 - $6,850
2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 | Semester 2 - $7,050

*Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT’s fee pricing review. 2018 and 2019 fees subject to change.

Overview

Well regarded by industry, the CIT Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design are full-time courses that offer sound instruction in visual communication and the right skills to start your career as a graphic designer. You will develop design concepts and produce designs that meet client's needs for a range of visual communication outcomes, either for print-based design work or digital media-based design.

The Diploma course will develop in you a sound understanding of design theory and practice how to analyse and integrate information from a range of sources to generate original designs for a range of different projects you may undertake.

As you progress to the Advanced Diploma, you will enhance your abilities and experiences at developing design concepts and working on more complex and technical design and visual projects, through working in teams, as well as showcasing your negotiation and organisational skills through the creation of effective work and production processes.

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 by local industry. You can choose to specialise in either print design or digital media design, or both through further study.

The program includes up to 120 hours of industry placement in the 4th semester. The placement is unpaid, though coordinated by CIT staff.

Entry Requirements

ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent OR Adult Entry | Interview (or other negotiated process) | A portfolio of recent work or work that demonstrates your aptitude for design. Portfolios may contain examples of design solutions from a range of activities and media types and may include: drawing, photography, painting, printmaking or any graphic design projects you have undertaken | Students must also meet one of the following English requirements IELTS 5.5 (no band score less than 5.0) | TOEFL iBT - 46 | PTE Academic - 42 (minimum of 36 in each band) | TOEFL PBT - 527.

Extra Fees

Laptop (preferred but not essential) eg MacBook Pro: approx $2,000 - $3,000
Software Adobe CC subscription: approx $500
Hard drive approx: approx $100
Printing & Mounting costs: approx $200

Course Subjects

Diploma of Graphic Design
CRICOS: 090453C | National ID: CUA50715

National ID Subject Name
CUAGRD501 Research visual communication history and theory
CUAGRD502 Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications
CUAGRD505 Design and manipulate complex layouts
CUAGRD506 Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs
CUAPPR503 Present a body of creative work
CUAACD512 Work with photo-media in creative practice
CUADIG401 Author interactive media
CUADIG403 Create user interfaces
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work (Studio 1)
BSBDES501 Implement design solutions
BSBADV509 Create mass print media advertisements
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
ICADMT501 Incorporate and edit digital video
BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
CUASOU304 Prepare Audio Assets
BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief
BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice
CUAGRD503 Produce typographic design solutions
CUAGRD504 Create and manipulate graphics

Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
CRICOS: 094729C | National ID: CUA60315

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.

National ID Subject Name
BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
CUAGRD603 Extend typographic design expertise
CUAGRD601 Engage in the business of graphic design
BSBDES601 Manage design realisation
CUAPPR504 Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
CUAPPR604 Publicly present a body of own creative work
BSBDES501 Implement design solutions
CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice
BSBADV509 Create mass print media advertisements
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUADIG401 Author interactive media
CUADIG403 Create user interfaces
CUAGRD607 Develop graphic designs for branding and identity
Originating graphic designs for complex briefs

Job Opportunities

Diploma: Professional graphic design practitioners

Advanced Diploma: Professional graphic design/digital media practitioners

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Teaching methods include:

  • Simulated workplaces to practice professional skills: the Graphic Design ‘Mac labs’ reflect a functioning design studio environment with access to the latest equipment, software, scanners, tablets, video and sound technologies
  • Work experience, including client interactions, commercial design briefs and industry work placements
  • Collaborative learning
  • Supervised study time with visiting industry specialists and practice feedback from industry professionals
  • On-line learning and student engagement through e-Learn
  • Excursions and field trips

Students will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Participation in industry projects, complete assignments and projects
  • Assessments may be based on competency, marks and grades, or a combination of all three

Pathways to Further Study

Students who gain entry into the University of Canberra and successfully complete:

  • the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design will receive 48 credit points (2 years) towards the Bachelor of Graphic Design (164JA), or 24 credit points (1 year) towards the Bachelor of Web Design and Production (267JA). Students will also have the opportunity to complete a double degree in 2 years for the Bachelor of Graphic Design (164JA)/ Bachelor of Web Design and Production (267JA).
  • the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design may also receive 96 credit points (1.5 years) towards Charles Sturt University's Bachelor of Business Studies, delivered on CIT's Reid campus.
  • the Diploma of Graphic Design will receive 24 credit points (1 year) towards the Bachelor of Graphic Design (164JA).
  • a CIT Diploma will receive 24 credit points (1 year) towards the Bachelor of Arts (429AA).

Students are advised to speak directly with UC in relation to course choices and pathways.


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