National code: CUA60320

Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

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Overview About this course

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.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

Course Outcomes

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

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

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

Entry recommendations

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.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Graphic Designer

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.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    73%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    20,100 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    37 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $1,330

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    42 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Very high

  • Gender share

    57% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: Graphic designer, Brand designer, Digital designer, Junior art director, Art assistant and Social media designer

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 2 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 1 Course

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

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.

Units Units taught in this course

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.

  • Extend typographic design expertise CUAGRD603

  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief CUADES512

  • Engage in the business of graphic design CUAGRD611

  • Originate graphic designs for complex briefs CUAGRD612

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

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

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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