Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem solving through the use of typography, illustrations and photography. It is used across a range of disciplines from marketing to publishing and beyond. This course is ideal for those who are keen to launch their graphic design career, or work in a complementary profession, including advertising and marketing or construction, interior and even garden design!
The Certificate of Graphic Designis an online program that will build your skills, awareness and understanding of graphic design and give you insights into how it is applied commercially.
In this professional development course, you will explore the scope, nature and history of graphic design, and study fundamentals like choosing formats and images, typography, layout design, colour theory and illustration methods and techniques.
You will also learn about logo and collateral creation, design systems and the graphic design industry, and how to bid for relevant jobs and then take a design brief.
On completion of this course, you will have gained the technical skills to work as a graphic designer in a variety of roles and across a diverse range of exciting industries.
Unit 1 - Scope and nature of graphic design
Scope of graphic design
Where do designers work?
Careers in graphic design
General roles of a graphic designer
Nature of the work
Brief history of graphic design
The language (graphics terminology)
Examples of software
Unit 2 - Design fundamentals - line, tone, colour, etc.
Theories of composition
Practical devices of composition
Gestalt principles of perception
Choosing computer formats
Unit 3 - Colour theory and applications
The difference between coloured and white light
Differences in colour
The meaning of colours – emotional response
Unit 4 - Typography
How much of an impact?
Typography (lettering) size
Unit 5 - Illustration - methods and techniques
Illustration – methods & techniques
Tonal zone system
Sketching an initial design
Unit 6 - Logotype design
What is a logo?
Designing business cards
Unit 7 - Layout design
Getting the message across
Key elements & principles of layout
The design process
What software does a graphic artist use?
Unit 8 - Design systems and the design industry - design briefs, how to bid for jobs, etc.
Significant design sectors
Primary design areas
Scope and nature of the graphic design industry today
Designing to persuade
Design to inform
Design to educate
Design to entertain
What is a design brief?
Example layout of a design brief
Web page design
Unit 9 - Comparative design - lessons from other designers (lots of research)
Important people in the history of graphic design
Unit 10 - Design project - a practical project applying everything prior to this
Important people in the history of graphic design
What is pbl?
People you work with and mode of interaction
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
It has been amazing experience studying with Australian Online Courses. Course materials are sufficient and easy to understand. Examples are all relevant. I am very happy with course design. Thank you very much.
M. Bajracharya, Glenfield, NSW | Certificate of Graphic Design
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J. Yu, Glebe, NSW | Certificate of Graphic Design
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.