Dive into the world of visual communication to become a designer or junior art director. Strengthen your creative expertise and tailor your skills to specialise in print media, advertising, corporate branding, or the many areas of digital design.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Collaborate and work with industry mentors
Use advanced creative thinking and strategy techniques
Use digital design techniques
Develop an in-depth understanding of typography
Work with industry software including user experience (UX)/user interface (UI) and motion graphics
Develop sustainable design and business practices
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Opportunities to collaborate with creative peers and establish a network of professional contacts
A portfolio of work to show potential employers
Opportunities to showcase designs in a graduate exhibition
Skills and knowledge to start your own business
Experience managing design projects to complete client briefs, using industry-specific programs, equipment and materials to meet creative and commercial design needs
A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
That you can supply a portfolio of work, demonstrating significant skills and/or experience in graphic design and
That you can attend an interview with your teaching staff
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
A strong interest in areas of design
The ability to think and solve problems creatively
Enthusiasm for working collaboratively on creative design
Good communication, organisation and project management skills
Digital literacy and access to a computer and reliable internet connection
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.
This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Graphic Designers plan, design, develop and prepare information for publication and reproduction using text, symbols, pictures, colours and layout to achieve commercial and communication needs with particular emphasis on tailoring the message for the intended audience.
Other jobs include: Graphic designer, Brand designer, Digital designer, Junior art director, Art assistant and Social media designer
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 Units of competency, including 6 core and 9 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
TAFE NSW Libraries
Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential
Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills
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