Course Title: Research and apply graphic design techniques

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5384 Diploma of Digital Media Technologies

Course Title: Research and apply graphic design techniques

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 50

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term1 2021

Course Contact: Nat Bates

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3326

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course will give you the skills and knowledge required to research and apply techniques to produce graphic design work. It involves interpreting work briefs, organising resources, testing ideas, and refining approaches to a range of design challenges.

This will assist in developing a full range of skills. Research, experimentation and refinement are used to produce a range of general design works. 

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUAGRD401 Research and apply graphic design techniques


1. Interpret graphic design briefs

2. Organise resources

3. Test graphic design approaches

4. Produce graphic design work

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you will have the skills to:

  • interpret information in briefs and related research
  • select and care for required resources
  • test graphic design methods and techniques and document outcomes and design approaches
  • produce examples of graphic design work that meet the requirements of a range of briefs.

You will be able to effectively:

  • explain the use of experimentation in developing and refining graphic design work
  • explain the importance of researching information about graphic design when completing design work
  • explain typical information found in graphic design briefs
  • discuss typical parameters and constraints that need to be considered when interpreting design briefs, including intellectual property considerations, and availability of resources, time and budget
  • identify common techniques, materials, tools and equipment used in graphic design
  • briefly describe the health and safety requirements related to establishment of work space and use of materials and equipment for graphic design work.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, practical project work and through the application of learned skills.