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This subject gives students the opportunity to engage with the dynamic scope of contemporary design theory and historical design movements. Students gain a strong foundation on which to build their own unique visual language and make informed decisions in creative environments.

Design Theory & Practice

CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design

Subject Overview

12 week term
3 intakes per year. February, June, September
One 2.75 hour class per week
Enrolment Deadline
Check for room if class starts in 4 weeks
No previous experience required
Collingwood, Melbourne
Who Can Enrol?
All students can enrol. Please contact us about accredited study
Course Brochure
Distance From CBD

Subject Outline

This study unit runs for a 2.75-hour class once per week over a 12-week term. Single unit study is available.

Quick Facts

  • Computer familiarity is recommended
  • Single unit enrolment is welcome
  • Study units can be completed in any order
  • Class sessions are once a week
  • Students are from a wide range of age groups and backgrounds.

Methods &

With a strong focus on professional practice, students gain exposure to briefing and consultation processes, along with insights into creative studio management. Case studies and design trends are explored via current local and international design studios and campaigns.


Study units

Completing Design Theory & Practice will complete the subject requirement for the Graphic Design Diploma.

Study units:
32 Design Theory & Practice

Key Dates

For Single Subjects there are no enrolment deadlines. Please be aware that subjects and courses at LCAD are popular and can fill quickly. To avoid disappointment it is recommended that enrolment is completed 4 weeks before classes start. Approximately one week before your class begins you will receive a welcome email including any material requirements.

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Subject Details

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fee


Payment is due before the first class. If paying by instalment then the first payment before the first class is $400, the second one month later is $400, and the third of $300 is a month later again.

 VSL is available for part-time enrolment of two or more units per term. Vet Student Loans is a Commonwealth study loan and may cover up to 100% of tuition fees. Please contact the college on 03 9495 6622 or see more details under VSL Information at


How do I enrol?

Go to the bottom of this current subject page and submit your details. The college will send you an enrolment form once received.

To enrol in a course, navigate to courses on the front page of and complete your details at the bottom of the page. 

When should I enrol?

At any time. There are three entry dates per year: February, June, and September.

What date does my application need to be submitted?

Please enquire about availability if there is less than a month before the class starts. 

Do I need to present a folio to apply?

A folio is not required for single subject enrolment.

Do I need previous experience to study here?

Previous experience is not required for subject enrolment.

What do I need to enrol in an informal subject?

Just your enrolment form.

Do you have evening classes?

Yes, a limited range of subjects is available at times during the week, 6:00-8:45 pm.

Can I do a subject just for fun?

Yes, students can enrol informally in a subject for interest only. 

When are course fees due?

All students pay an initial deposit unless they are part-time (two subjects or more) and are using VET Student Loans. The balance, or the first term instalment, is due by the first week of classes.

What payment options/ methods do you accept?

EFT, credit card, and cash.

Can I qualify for a VET Student Loan?

To qualify for a study loan, students need to be enrolled full or part-time (two units or more per term). They will also need to have Australian citizenship, or be a special category New Zealand visa holder, or be a permanent humanitarian visa holder. An interview with examples is of previous experience is required.

How do I apply for the loan?

The college applies on behalf of the student.  Students will need a passport or birth certificate, tax file number, USI number, and a year 12 certificate or above. There are alternatives if the student does not have year 12 or cannot find their certificate.

Will VET Student Loan cover all my tuition?

Some qualifications are covered in full and others are approximately 80% covered. The difference, or gap, is paid directly to the college by the student. Flexible payment arrangements are offered.

Will this also help me get into university?

Yes, Latrobe College has a long history of most of its graduating students successfully being offered their 1st preference university courses. Single-subject students can add enormously to their folio through subject study.

Subject Planner
Subject Class Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Design Theory & Practice 10:00am - 12:45pm
2:00pm - 4:45pm Design Theory & Practice

*Please note that the above planner is subject to change without notice and all students should confirm final subject or course information directly with LCAD prior to enrolment or application.

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The following enrolment form is for students wanting to register their interest to study one of our single subjects. The following enrolment form is composed in two parts and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete if you have all of the information at hand. Following submission of the form one of our friendly staff will contact you to discuss your enrolment and finalise next steps. Need help with enrolment? Contact us on the link provided.

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Please note that part-time study is 2 or more classes per term. Please contact the college about part-time availability.


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Please nominate your preferred payment option. Following submission of the form one of our friendly staff will contact you to arrange payment via telephone.

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Enrolment & payment conditions

Completion of this form does not constitute enrolment. Payment must be made to secure your place in a short course/subject. Deposits can be made by credit card over the telephone and final payments can be made by credit card, by eftpos, EFT, or cash prior to the commencement of the first class. Final payment is confirmation of your enrolment. Receipts can be provided upon request. LCAD keeps a copy of any unclaimed receipts for 6 months and can be retrieved at any time. Upon enrolment the student has taken a class place and therefore must complete their payment for the Short Course, notwithstanding that the student may choose not to complete the program. If the student is unable to complete their program, credit may be given towards another program or suspension of study can be sought. If a student withdraws their enrolment 10 days or more before the first class, any payment less the deposit and bank charges will be refunded. Courses are subject to final student numbers. Class places are limited. Submission of enrolment form is taken as acceptance of the Enrolment Conditions.

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