Course Info

Diploma of Graphic Design

National Course Code: CUA50715


The nationally accredited Diploma of Graphic Design strengthens your creative and technical design skills, deepens your abilities in visual storytelling and gives you the skills to step up to a career as a graphic designer, digital designer, visual designer or desktop publisher.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, 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


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • An eagerness to explore innovation in visual communication, advertising, publishing and 3D design
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to follow briefs
  • Strong collaborative skills to work in a team and with clients
  • An aptitude for problem solving
  • Unique design ideas


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Diploma level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Graphic pre-press trades worker
  • Graphic designer
  • Desktop publishing operator
  • Visual designer
  • Digital designer
  • Motion graphic designer
  • Illustrator


Take your creative career to the next level:

  • Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation with TAFE NSW Degrees
  • Bachelor of Creative Practice with TAFE NSW Degrees

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • An appreciation for graphic design
  • An eagerness to explore innovation in visual communication, advertising, publishing and 3D design
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to follow briefs
  • Strong collaborative skills to work in a team and with clients
  • An aptitude for problem solving
  • Unique design ideas

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned so far and identify what knowledge or skills need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Practical assessments that include industry work practices used by graphic designers
  • Written assessments which include historical and theory based tasks that reflect work practices and research used by a contemporary graphic designer

The assessments in this course are very practical, with both group and individual work.

The Certificate III in Design Fundamentals is an entry-level qualification that will give you a strong foundation to begin your career in design and go on to further design study. It is a great program for both early school leavers and creative people who may be unsure how to get a foot in the door of the creative industries.

The Certificate IV in Design is a broad base creative course. You can select a creative discipline in which you display design strengths or follow on from previous study. The course helps to prepare you for further study in a particular creative field after you have had a taste of the industry.

The Diploma of Graphic Design is very industry specific so takes the skills and knowledge received from previous study in Certificate III Design Fundamentals or Certificate IV in Design and allows you to specialise in graphic design skills practices and knowledge application. This makes you industry ready and you can gain employment in a studio or larger advertising agency or publishing house.

Depending on your campus location and local partnerships with TAFE NSW, you may have the opportunity to participate in excursions that take you behind the scenes in the Graphic Design industry.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Hand drawing and illustration
  • Digital illustration techniques
  • 3D design and construction
  • Digital design
  • Publishing
  • Creative problem solving
  • Working correctly with equipment and materials
  • Producing and displaying finished work

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical, hands-on learning. You will work on real world projects like:

  • Researching and analysing client briefs and visions
  • Planning and presenting client presentations and mock-ups
  • Selecting and specifying initial designs with colour and materials for final outcome
  • Following the design process from initial design to final product with a production process
  • Analysing client briefs, seeking feedback during the process and rectifying designs to meet client expectations
  • Producing digital or hands drawn designs based on the desired outcome

You will have access to industry specific computer rooms, studios, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities available at most TAFE NSW campuses.

Digital design and printing technologies, automation and 3D printing are rapidly changing the sector, with graphic pre-press trade workers increasingly utilising computer software to design and generate images, text, layouts and colours and carry out digital proofing, requiring new workers to possess advanced IT and greater technology focussed skillsets.

Design thinking and creative problem solving are skills that are in demand in creative and broader industries. The graphic design creative practices and processes implemented in this course help individuals think outside the square and problem solve on a physical, digital and conceptual level.

Graphic design can be found all around us from the clothes on our back, to the cars we drive, the products we interactive with, social media using online promotions and the books and magazines we read.

Design and creativity skills will continue to be in demand across existing and emerging design services offered by the industry, driven by the need for innovative business solutions and unique customer experiences.

  • Nationally Recognised Training

This course is superseded

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