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0.5 Year


The Certificate IV in Design (Graphic Design) focuses on design processes and develops your existing skills and knowledge so you can build your career in the global design industry. At TAFE NSW, you will study in purpose-built studios, workspaces and galleries, meet other creative students and build your network.

This course provides you with fundamental skills in graphic design with an emphasis on exploration and experimentation as part of the design process. In this course, you can investigate aspects of graphic design which you can build on with further study at diploma and advanced diploma levels.

TAFE NSW courses are developed in close consultation with the industry so you graduate with the real world practical skills recruiters are looking for.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Generate design solutions to meet client needs
  • Research and apply information using the history and theory of design
  • Work with colour processes and colour theory
  • Realise a creative project from start to finish
  • Contribute to workplace health and safety


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Hand drawing
  • Digital illustration techniques
  • 3D construction
  • Digital design
  • Working correctly with equipment, materials, products and various mediums
  • Producing digital presentation


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • Creativity
  • An ability to draw and conceptualise
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Competence to take direction and follow a brief
  • An enthusiasm for design and creativity
  • Great communication skills


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Junior Graphic Design Assistant
  • Web Design Assistant
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Interior Design Assistant
  • Freelance Designer


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • A strong interest in areas of creative design
  • The ability to draw and create graphics
  • A passion for creating visual designs, either hand-drawn on paper or through digital programs
  • Good collaborative skills and the ability to work on creative design in a team environment

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Design Centre Enmore Feb , Jul A$10,190
Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$10,190
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Design Centre Enmore Feb , Jul A$10,190
Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$10,190


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service 
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) support 
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling, and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking – online access to a tutor 
  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules Total number of units = 15
  • 7 core units plus 8 elective units, of which:
  • 5 must be from electives listed below
  • 3 may be from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • BSBCRT411 - Apply critical thinking to work practices
  • CUAACD411 - Integrate colour theory and design processes
  • CUADES305 - Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
  • CUADES411 - Generate design solutions
  • CUADES412 - Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • CUAPPR411 - Realise a creative project
  • CUAWHS312 - Apply work health and safety practices
  • BSBCRT413 - Collaborate in creative processes
  • CUADES413 - Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • CUADIG412 - Design user interfaces
  • CUADRA401 - Experiment with techniques to produce drawings
  • CUAGRD311 - Prepare files for print
  • CUAGRD312 - Use typography techniques
  • CUAGRD411 - Research and apply graphic design techniques
  • ICPPRP224 - Produce pages using a page layout application
  • ICPPRP3240 - Create pages using a page layout application


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW graphic design study pathway:


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.