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Diploma of Commercial Arts (Graphic Design)

The Diploma of Commercial Arts is a unique hands-on course that teaches you advanced graphic design skills such as typography, layout and design, colour psychology, computer graphics, marker concepts, advanced advertising, packaging design, promotional design and commercial illustration. The course aims to give you greater design awareness, while becoming an effective and creative communicator with your own individual style whilst developing a strong portfolio.

Career Outcomes

As a graduate, you'll be equipped for a role as a graphic artist, designer or illustrator within specialist multimedia companies, design studios, educational institutions, government departments, publishing, software, hardware, animation or audio visual/video production companies. Grads often find work in graphic design and advertising companies, interactive games companies, industrial design companies (visualisation), information design companies, electronic publishing companies, desktop publishing companies and magazine publishing.
Specific roles include:

  • Graphic Designers
  • Illustrators
  • Packaging Designers
  • Corporate Designers
  • Junior Art Directors


  • BSBWOR204A Use business technology
  • C3001A Produce Commercial Sketches for Graphic Design
  • C3002A Analyse Colour for Design
  • C3003A Apply Typography & Layout for Design
  • C3004A Create 2D Design (Basic)
  • C3005A Produce Finished Art (Basic)
  • C3006A Research Printing Processes (Theory)
  • C3007A Produce Finished Art (Intermediate)
  • C3008A Apply Professional Practice
  • C3009A Prepare a Portfolio
  • C3010A Produce Electronic Design (Fundamentals)
  • C3011A Produce Electronic Imaging (Basic)
  • C4015A Illustrate for Design (Black and White)
  • C4016A Apply Fundamental Advertising Principles
  • C4017A Create 2D Design (Intermediate)
  • C4018A Produce Commercial Illustrations
  • C4019A Produce Finished Art (Advanced)
  • C4020A Produce Electronic Imaging (Intermediate)
  • C4021A Produce Electronic Design (Advanced)
  • C4022A Research Copyright (Theory)
  • C4023A Illustrate for Design (Colour)
  • DP025A Produce Fashion Illustrations
  • DP026A Create 2D Design (Advanced)
  • DP027A Apply Advanced Advertising Principles
  • DP028A Produce Book Illustrations
  • DP029A Create a Package Design
  • DP030A Writing for Advertising
  • DP031A Produce a Corporate Design
  • DP032A Produce Electronic Imaging (Advanced)
  • DP033A Photography for Graphic Design
  • ICPM263B Access and use the Internet
Locations: Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast available
Duration: 1 year full time (including breaks), 900 hours classroom study
Intakes: February, June and October

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