Course Title: Develop knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5359 Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Title: Develop knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Term1 2018,
Term2 2018,
Term1 2019

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 9925 9446

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this course, you will develop then apply the knowledge and skills required to work in or deal with individuals in various sectors of the printing and graphic arts industry. Focusing on industry terminology & communication; substrates; digital & manual production workflows; job creation and printing & finishing processes. Through varied learning activities, you will learn how to make informed choices for achieving production ready design outcomes. You will also develop skills to facilitate technical communication and to work as a member of a team.


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None required

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ICPKNW322 Develop knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry


1. Apply knowledge of the printing industry

10. Acquire basic knowledge of production management requirements and systems

2. Acquire knowledge of the graphic pre-press, graphic design and multi-channel communications sector

3. Acquire knowledge of printing machining sector

4. Acquire knowledge and requirements of the converting, binding and finishing sector

5. Acquire knowledge and requirements of the ink manufacturing sector

6. Acquire knowledge and requirements of mail house operations

7. Acquire knowledge of colour theory

8. Apply knowledge of substrates and consumables

9. Acquire basic knowledge of costs of production

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or activities using best industry practices. The assessment tasks include:
Knowledge tests
Production projects incorporating design and printed outcomes

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