Graphic Design Diploma Program (CUV50311 & CUV40311)

Qualification: Certificate IV + Diploma
Course Code: CUV50311 & CUV40311
Study mode: Online
On Campus
Payment options: VET FEE-HELP may be available
Payment plan
Upfront payment
Duration: 55 weeks
Start date: Start anytime! (online); Set intake dates (on campus)
Awarded by: Martin (RTO 5806)
This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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About this course

This Graphic Design Diploma Program (CUV50311 & CUV40311) is the perfect starting point for anyone looking to launch a new career in graphic design. Offered by Martin, the program rolls two qualifications into one simple course, making it that much easier for you to walk away with two nationally recognised design certifications.

The course provides students with a highly practical and hands-on syllabus, providing you with advanced Adobe Creative Suite skills that you can use across web design, digital imaging, print advertising and pre-press practices. The course also covers design fundamentals such as typography, design layout and responding to design briefs; to give students a solid foundation for their design careers. Facilitated internships are also provided as part of the program, giving students the opportunity to gain invaluable real-world experience.

Upon completion of this program, students will be ready to apply for a range of entry-level design positions, possessing a Certificate IV and Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV50311 & CUV40311), as well as an industry-standard design portfolio to showcase their work.

The qualifications that were endorsed in the CUV11 Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package have been superseded by the release of a replacement version of that Training Package. Enquire now for more information.

Campus locations

If you'd prefer to study this course on campus, you can choose between one of the following locations:

  • Sydney - Level 1, 63 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
  • Melbourne - Level 3, 30 Church Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Brisbane - Level 4, 119 Charlotte Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000


To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have successfully completed Year 11 in Australia or equivalent; OR
  • Hold a certificate III; OR
  • Demonstrate that you have the capacity to successfully complete this course by achieving an Exit Level 3 score within the Australian Core Skills Framework assessments in reading and mathematics. This will be demonstrated through two short tests as a part of the enrolment process.

Areas of study

Certificate IV in Design (CUV40311)

  • BSBDES304A - Source and apply design industry knowledge
  • BSBOHS201A - Participate in HOS processes
  • CUVACD302A - Produce computer-aided drawings
  • BSBDES305A - Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
  • CUVACD401A - Integrate colour theory and design processes
  • CUVDIG401A - Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images
  • CUVGRD302A - Use typography techniques
  • ICPPRP224 - Produce pages using a page layout application
  • CUVGRD301A - Prepare files for publication
  • BSBDES402A - Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • BSBDES401A - Generate design solutions
  • ICAWEB302A - Build simple websites using commercial programs
  • CUVPRP401A - Realise a creative project
  • BSBCRT301A - Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
  • SITXICT001A - Build and launch a website for a small business

Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV50311)

  • CUVGRD502A - Produce graphic design for 2-D and 3-D applications
  • BSBCMM401A - Make a presentation
  • CUVACD501A - Refine drawing and other visual presentation tools
  • BSBCRT501A - Originate and develop creative concepts
  • BSBWRT501A - Write persuasive copy
  • CUFDIG502A - Design web environments
  • BSBADV509A - Create mass print media advertisements
  • CUVGRD504A - Create and manipulate graphics
  • CUVGRD505A - Design and manipulate complex layouts
  • CUVGRD503A - Produce typographic design solutions
  • BSBDES502A- Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • BSBDES501A - Implement design solutions
  • CUVGRD501A - Research visual communication history and theory
  • CUFANM301A - Create 2-D digital animations
  • CUFDIG403A - Create user interfaces
  • ICAWEB501A - Build a dynamic website
  • CUVPRP503A - Present a body of own creative work
  • BSBDES403A - Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • CUVGRD506A - Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate IV in Graphic Design (CUV40311) and Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV50311) from Martin.

You'll graduate with the technical skills and design knowledge needed to pursue a career in graphic design. Graduates may seek employment across a range of fields like advertising, media and publishing in the following roles:

  • Graphic designer
  • Display artist
  • Web designer
  • Web illustrator

Finance options

You may be eligible to receive a VET FEE-HELP loan for the diploma component of this course, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Enquire now for more information and to see if you meet eligibility criteria.

Martin also offers flexible payment plans to help make studying more affordable.

View the tuition fees for 2016 here.

You may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the VET FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
RTO 5806
Martin is a leading tertiary education institution offering a range of courses in events, business and management at certificate and diploma level. With over 35 years experience in the education sector, the college is focused on equipping students with the practical skills needed to enter the professional workforce. All Martin courses are accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority and meet the requirements of the VET Quality Framework.

Campus locations
Sydney – Level 1, 63 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Melbourne – Level 3, 30 Church Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Gold Coast – Level 5, 38 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217
Brisbane – Level 4, 119 Charlotte Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Martin offers a range of student support services, and is dedicated to helping its students excel in their chosen field of speciality. As a Martin student you will be supported at every stage of your training; from talented mentors and one-on-one feedback sessions, through to academic skills workshops, and learning support services.

You will also be given access to the Basic Skill Key Builder, an online learning platform that creates individualised learning plans, houses interactive learning resources, and features support tutorials that are tailored to your needs.

Martin is dedicated to building inclusive learning environments, and provides disability services and free counselling sessions to promote wellbeing for all students.

Career Starter Program

Ensure you graduate job-ready with the help of Martin’s Career Starter Program. The program includes:

  • Careers counsellors: Available for personal guidance sessions, workshops, seminars, and mentoring.

  • Job placements: Short-term or part-time placements across a range of industries.

  • Internships: Gain valuable experience and start building your professional network.

  • Volunteer opportunities: Get a foot in the door and build valuable industry contacts.

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