Certificate of Graphic Design (2022)

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 professional development program that will build your skills, awareness and understanding of graphic design and give you insights into how it is applied commercially.

In this graphic design 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.

Course Structure

Unit - Graphic Design

Unit 1 – Scope and nature of graphic design

  • Scope of graphic design
  • Where do designers work?
  • Careers in graphic design
  • Skills required
  • General roles of a graphic designer
  • Nature of the work
  • Art director
  • Graphic designer
  • Brief history of graphic design
  • The language (graphics terminology)
  • Application software
  • Examples of software

Unit 2 – Design fundamentals – line, tone, colour, etc.

  • Design elements
  • Design criteria
  • Theories of composition
  • Practical devices of composition
  • Gestalt principles of perception
  • Choosing images
  • Choosing computer formats

Unit 3 – Colour theory and applications

  • Colour formats
  • Hex colours
  • 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
  • Typography weight
  • Typography colour
  • Typography location
  • Typography styles
  • Choosing fonts

Unit 5 – Illustration – methods and techniques

  • Traditional illustration
  • Illustration today
  • Illustration – methods & techniques
  • Processing images
  • Tonal zone system
  • Sketching an initial design
  • Digital illustration
  • Raster graphics
  • Vector graphics

Unit 6 – Logotype design

  • What is a logo?
  • Creating logos
  • Designing business cards
  • Designing letterheads
  • Designing banners

Unit 7 – Layout design

  • Getting the message across
  • Effective organisation
  • Attract attention
  • General guidelines
  • 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
  • Design systems
  • 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?
  • Problem definition
  • People you work with and mode of interaction

Study Hours

Estimated duration 50 hours

Course Delivery and Start

Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online

Assessment

Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. 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.

Testimonials

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

Australian Online Courses is amazing, it is very helpful for your career or study, strong tutor team and smart way to learn something easier by courses.5 stars

J. Yu, Glebe, NSW | Certificate of Graphic Design

Was easy to follow the instructions and have an understanding of what was required of me

S. Hamilton, Armidale, NSW | Certificate of Graphic Design

Course FAQs

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?

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!

Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.

BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.

Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.

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.

How to Enrol

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Enrolling Multiple Staff?

To enrol multiple staff, please complete theEmployer Enrolment Form.We’ll be in touch within 60 minutes during business hours!

Payment Options

Visa, Mastercard, BPAY and Direct Deposit.

Course FAQs

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 course or subject pre-requisites for entry into our programs. However, our professional development programs are generally intended for people over the age of 18. In some circumstances, enrolments from younger people may be considered. Please complete theAOC Parent Guardian Consent Formprior to enrolling andsubmit here.

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!

Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.

BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.

Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.

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.

Career Pathways

Future growth

Strong

Unemployment

Low

Professional Development for:-

  • Landscape Designers
  • Interior Designers
  • Builders
  • Advertising and Marketing

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