Graphic Design Technology Competition

Graphic Design Technology involves working with external and internal clients to create solutions to their needs; it may also include printing or online publication production. Graphic Designers require strong interactive, research, design and technical skills. In order to have these they need to understand the target audience, markets, trends, cultural differences and what each client wants.

The WorldSkills Australia Graphic Design Technology Competition covers all aspects of the technical, conceptual design and production process including the preparation of layouts and artwork, manipulating images and text to meet production and design requirements.

YOU SHOULD PURSUE A CAREER IN GRAPHIC DESIGN TECHNOLOGY IF YOU:

  • Have good computer skills
  • Have the ability to think and plan logically
  • Have graphic design and visual communication skills and knowledge
  • Have creative design aptitude

 


IT ALL BEGINS AT A REGIONAL COMPETITION

The WorldSkills Australia Graphic Design Technology Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 42 Australian regions. The Graphic Design Technology Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.

WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next Graphic Design Technology Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2023 and 2025 are the next National Championship years.

Register your interest to compete in Graphic Design Technology


Training Package Requirements

The WorldSkills Australia Graphic Design Technology Competitions are aligned to the National Printing and Graphic Arts and Creative Arts and Culture National Training Packages.

Regional Competition

Training Package Requirements – Regional Level

The 2022 WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition in Graphic Design Technology is aligned to the Units of Competency contained in the ICP31420 – Certificate III in Prepress Graphic Design Production and CUA40720 Certificate IV in Design Qualifications

Regional Tasks

The Regional Competition comprises one print job from initial concept to the final production of a suitable file to supply to a General Commercial Printer using computer-to-plate technology. Competitors should possess a good understanding of Adobe Creative Suite 6 or CC. The competition project is designed to test the Competitors skills in the following areas related to in Graphic Design Technology:

  • Organisation of work
  • Interpretation of client brief and printing requirements
  • Layout and typographic skills (e.g. font choice, font size, kerning, readability)
  • Use of appropriate techniques to achieve the ultimate result
  • Scans, spot versus process colour, masking, deep etching and contouring

Regionals Competition Duration

The competition is completed in 6 hours over 1 day not including briefing or breaks.

National Competition

Training Package Requirements – National Level

The 2023 WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Graphic Design Technology is aligned to the Units of Competency contained in the ICP31420 – Certificate III in Prepress Graphic Design Production and CUA40720 Certificate IV in Design Qualifications.

National Tasks

The National Competition will see Competitors showcase several key competencies in line with the nationally accredited Graphic Design and Graphic Pre-Press Competency Standards. Competitors should possess a good understanding of Adobe Creative Cloud — In particular: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. The competition project is designed to test the Competitors skills in the following areas related to in Graphic Design Technology:

  • Organisation of work and efficiency
  • Interpretation of client brief and printer’s requirements
  • Layout and typographic skills
  • Use of appropriate techniques
  • Work to deadline

Nationals Competition Duration

The competition is completed in 18 hours over 3 days not including briefing or breaks.

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