C5409 - Diploma of Graphic Design

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Plan: C5409 - Diploma of Graphic Design
Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure

Approach to learning and assessment

The approach to learning and assessment in the Diploma of Graphic Design, includes both structured and unstructured training activities 

Structured activities
Structured training involves teacher directed learning and assessment activities.
Work placement hours that are directly supervised by an RMIT trainer or assessor
Online lectures with real-time access to your teacher, teacher led discussions and online activities.
Face-to-face learning e.g. your scheduled classes,
Assessment of practical work
Learning activities set by your teacher eg. set preparation for class, assignment work, online exercises, set reading, mandatory work experience, field placement.

Unstructured activities
Unstructured training involves learner directed activities such as research, reading, investigation, online collaboration,  practice tests or preparing for assessments. It can also include work experience which is not directly linked to an assessment of course competencies, practice of technical skills and industry familiarisation. 
The structured hours in this program are: 913 of which 738 are supervised directly by your teacher
The number of unstructured hours in a program will vary, depending on you as a learner, but the anticipated hours over 2 semesters would be approximately 355.

Learning and Assessment 
Most of the learning and assessment involves practical activities in the form of exercises, projects and briefs that will be produced in a studio or computer lab. Other activities involve oral and visual presentation of project outcomes and/or research, essays and reports.

The major activities in this program occur in a design studio and computer laboratory environment, developing, applying and extending manual, technical and conceptual design skills. All of the activities during the program are directed towards the development of skills and knowledge required in the graphic design industry.  Most of the courses will include skill and knowledge building exercises and larger projects and briefs. Throughout the qualification participants engage in a number of industry set briefs.

Assessment occurs throughout, and at the completion of the units. You will receive oral or written feedback.

All units are assessed for competency. 

Delivery of clustered units

In the Diploma of Graphic Design, the following units have been clustered to enhance the student learning experience:

CUAGRD501 Research visual communication history and theory
BSBCMM411 Make presentations

CUADIG304 Create visual design components
CUADES412 Interpret and respond to a design brief 

CUADES413 Develop and extend design skills and practice
BSBCRT512 Originate and develop concepts 

CUADIG413 Create user interfaces
CUAPPR513 Present a body of own creative work

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment process through which you can gain all or part of a nationally accredited qualification based on skills and knowledge you have gained through life and work experiences and through non-accredited training.


Equitable Learning Services

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 



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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience. As a student enrolled in this program you will be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate vocational competency. 

If you are working, particularly in a job which is related to your studies you will also be learning while at work and may have the opportunity to be assessed in your workplace for some or all of your courses. Feedback from work supervisors and others in the workplace can be used as evidence for assessment of competence, and an RMIT University assessor can visit your workplace to observe and assess your work practice and competence.

Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be simulated. 

The designated WIL course for this program is: CUADES413 Develop and extend design skills and practice. 

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Program Structure

This qualification requires completion of the following:

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C5409 Core Courses:

Complete the following Nine (9) Courses:

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Develop and extend design skills and practice (CUADES413) 30 GRAP5402C Brunswick Campus
Research visual communication history and theory (CUAGRD501) 55 COMM7341C Brunswick Campus
Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications (CUAGRD502) 60 GRAP6344C Brunswick Campus
Produce typographic design solutions (CUAGRD503) 60 GRAP6345C Brunswick Campus
Refine drawing and other visual representation tools (CUAACD531) 80 VART6499C Brunswick Campus
Create and manipulate graphics (CUAGRD514) 60 COSC6248C Brunswick Campus
Design and manipulate complex layouts (CUAGRD515) 65 GRAP5403C Brunswick Campus
Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs (CUAGRD516) 60 GRAP5404C Brunswick Campus
Present a body of own creative work (CUAPPR513) 60 VART6500C Brunswick Campus

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C5409 Elective Courses

Complete the following Ten (10) Elective Courses:

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Originate and develop concepts (BSBCRT512) 30 GEDU5518C Brunswick Campus
Create observational drawings (CUAACD532) 60 VART6501C Brunswick Campus
Work with photo media in creative practice (CUAACD522) 65 VART6502C Brunswick Campus
Interpret and respond to a design brief (CUADES412) 30 GRAP5406C Brunswick Campus
Refine digital art techniques (CUADIG518) 90 VART6503C Brunswick Campus
Make Presentations (BSBCMM411) 30 COMM5473C Brunswick Campus
Produce calligraphy (CUACAL311) 50 VART6504C Brunswick Campus
Create user interfaces (CUADIG413) 60 COMM5472C Brunswick Campus
Refine 2-D design ideas and processes (CUAACD536) 70 GRAP5405C Brunswick Campus
Create visual design components (CUADIG304) 30 VART6408C Brunswick Campus

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