Strengthen your creative and technical design skills and gain experience in producing designs for advertising, packaging and publishing. Advance your career and become a senior graphic designer, digital designer, visual designer or desktop publisher.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Work through the design process from initial design to final product
Plan and present client presentations
Work within client briefs to meet expectations
Produce digital and 3D designs using software
Develop hand drawing and illustration skills
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Realise creative projects from initial design conception to the final product, working with production processes and industry standard software
Liaise with clients to meet briefs, receiving feedback and rectifying designs to meet final product expectations
Collaborate with peers and establish a network of professional contacts
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
If required, provide a portfolio of work and attend an interview with a head teacher to determine course entry and eligibility. This portfolio should include multiple examples of graphic design work that includes typography and uses graphic design industry software. Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience or formal study.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
A flair for creativity
Good illustration and drawing skills with an enthusiasm to produce graphics for 2D and 3D objects and designs
A strong interest in advertising, visual communication and visual story telling on a corporate platform
A passion for publishing
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, desktop publishing operator, visual designer, digital designer, motion graphic designer and illustrator.
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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 Diploma of Graphic Design qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 19 units of competency, including 9 core and 10 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.
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