Qualification details

CUA50715 - Diploma of Graphic Design (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to CUA50720 - Diploma of Graphic Design 15/Apr/2021
Supersedes and is equivalent to CUV50311 - Diploma of Graphic DesignUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Clarification of packaging rules. Unit codes updated. 14/Jan/2016

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 15/Jan/2016

Units of competency

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CUASOU304 - Prepare audio assetsPrepare audio assetsCurrentElective
CUAGRD504 - Create and manipulate graphicsCreate and manipulate graphicsSupersededCore
CUAIND402 - Provide freelance servicesProvide freelance servicesSupersededElective
CUAILL501 - Develop professional illustrationsDevelop professional illustrationsSupersededElective
BSBADV509 - Create mass print media advertisementsCreate mass print media advertisementsSupersededElective
BSBIPR401 - Use and respect copyrightUse and respect copyrightSupersededElective
ICPPRP430 - Manage colourManage colourSupersededElective
CUADIG503 - Design e-learning resourcesDesign e-learning resourcesSupersededElective
CUAGRD503 - Produce typographic design solutionsProduce typographic design solutionsCurrentCore
CUADIG507 - Design digital simulationsDesign digital simulationsSupersededElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 392211 Graphic Pre-Press Trades Worker 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1005 Graphic And Design Studies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Graphic Design 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Graphic Designer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 392211 Graphic Pre-Press Trades Worker 24/Jun/2016 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1005 Graphic And Design Studies 24/Jun/2016 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 15/Jan/2016 
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Modification History



Release 1

This qualification first released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package version 2.0.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges. Practice at this level is underpinned by application of design theory and practice and the ability to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions.

Practitioners may work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media.

Licensing/Regulatory Information  

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Entry Requirements

To enter this qualification, individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills and ability to:

  • produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges
  • produce typography that supports the overall design solution
  • use graphic design industry software

Skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 19 

9 core units  plus

10 elective units  of which:

  • 6 units must be selected from the electives listed below
  • 4 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid vocational outcome.

Core units 

BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice

CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

CUAGRD501 Research visual communication history and theory

CUAGRD502 Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications

CUAGRD503 Produce typographic design solutions

CUAGRD504 Create and manipulate graphics

CUAGRD505 Design and manipulate complex layouts

CUAGRD506 Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs

CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work

Elective units 

BSBADV509 Create mass print media advertisements

BSBADV510 Create mass electronic media advertisements

BSBCMM401 Make a presentation

BSBCRT301 Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas

BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process

BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts

BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief

BSBDES501 Implement design solutions

BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

BSBEBU502 Implement e-business solutions

BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright

BSBIPR404 Protect and use innovative designs

BSBIPR405 Protect and use intangible assets in small business

BSBMKG418 Develop and apply knowledge of marketing communication industry

BSBMKG421 Optimise digital media impact

BSBMKG524 Design effective user experiences

BSBMKG530 Create distributed multiplatform digital advertisements

BSBPMG522 Undertake project work

BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace

BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development

BSBWRT401 Write complex documents

BSBWRT501 Write persuasive copy

CUAACD502 Create observational drawings

CUAACD503 Select and refine a specialised drawing technique

CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour

CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes

CUAACD507 Refine 3-D design ideas and processes

CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice

CUADIG304 Create visual design components

CUADIG401 Author interactive media

CUADIG403 Create user interfaces

CUADIG501 Coordinate the testing of interactive media products

CUADIG502 Design digital applications

CUADIG503 Design e-learning resources

CUADIG506 Design interaction

CUADIG507 Design digital simulations

CUADIG509 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art

CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative work

CUAILL501 Develop professional illustrations

CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields

CUAIND402 Provide freelance services

CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

CUAPHI501 Apply visual communication theories to photo imaging practice

CUAPHI513 Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace

CUAPHI514 Prepare digital images for pre-press processing

CUAPOS402 Manage media assets

CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work

CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice

CUAPPR504 Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice

CUASOU304 Prepare audio assets

ICPPRN384 Set up and produce basic digital print

ICPPRN496* Set up and produce complex digital print

ICPPRP422 Digitise complex images for reproduction

ICPPRP430 Manage colour

ICPPRP435 Generate complex imposition

ICPPRP484 Set up and operate automated workflow

ICTWEB501 Build a dynamic website

SITXICT401 Build and launch a small business website

*Note the following prerequisite unit requirements:

Unit in this qualification

Prerequisite unit

ICPPRN496 Set up and produce complex digital print

ICPPRN384 Set up and produce basic digital print

Qualification Mapping Information

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Equivalence status 

CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design

CUV50311 Diploma of Graphic Design

Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages.

Clarification of packaging rules.

Unit codes updated.

Equivalent qualification


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=1db201d9-4006-4430-839f-382ef6b803d5