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This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are developing a broad range of technical and conceptual design skills and who take responsibility for own outputs in work and learning. Practise at this level is underpinned by the application of integrated technical, theoretical knowledge and essential skills to develop concepts and solutions in response to a brief.

The course is for people who want to have a career in graphic design. It provides students with fundamental skills in graphic design with an emphasis on exploration and experimentation of the design process. In this course learners can explore aspects of graphic design discipline which can be extended upon with further study at diploma and advanced diploma levels.

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


There may be some employment opportunities as a junior design assistant, working in the graphic and digital design sectors.


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.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from over 50 campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network, socialise and just chill out.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Design Centre Enmore Feb , Jul A$9,270
Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$9,270


LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Design Centre Enmore Feb , Jul A$9,270
Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$9,270


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


There are many scholarships, grants and bursaries which can help you financially with studying in Australia.They are offered by the Australian Government and a number of other public and private organisations.

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To receive this course students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

Note: Additional units contain compulsory and elective units which 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.

  • Packaging Rules Total number of units =15
  • 7 core units plus 8 elective units of which 5 units must be selected from electives listed below
  • 3 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate III or IV or Diploma level.
  • Electives must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid vocational outcome.
  • Core Units
  • BSBCRT301 Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
  • BSBDES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
  • BSBDES401 Generate design solutions
  • BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • CUAACD401 Integrate colour theory and design processes
  • CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project
  • BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process
  • BSBCRT403 Explore the history and social impact of creativity
  • BSBCUS402 Address customer needs
  • BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour
  • BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
  • BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge
  • BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • BSBEBU401 Review and maintain a website
  • BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
  • BSBITU401 Design and develop complex text documents
  • BSBITU404 Produce complex desktop published documents
  • BSBWRT401 Write complex documents
  • CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings
  • CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings
  • CUAACD304 Make scale models
  • CUAANM303 Create 3D digital models
  • CUACMP311 Implement copyright arrangements
  • CUADES401 Research and apply techniques for the design of wearable objects
  • CUADES402 Research and apply techniques in product design
  • CUADES403 Research and apply techniques in spatial design
  • CUADIG301 Prepare video assets
  • CUADIG302 Author interactive sequences
  • CUADIG303 Produce and prepare photo images
  • CUADIG304 Create visual design components
  • CUADIG401 Author interactive media
  • CUADIG402 Design user interfaces
  • CUADIG403 Create user interfaces
  • CUADIG404 Apply scripting language in authoring
  • CUADIG405 Produce innovative digital images
  • CUADRA401 Experiment with techniques to produce drawings
  • CUAGRD301 Prepare files for publication
  • CUAGRD302 Use typography techniques
  • CUAGRD401 Research and apply graphic design techniques
  • CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative work
  • CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
  • CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
  • CUAPHI303 Process photo images to work-print and file stage
  • CUAPHI401 Capture images in response to a brief
  • CUAPHI402 Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
  • CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
  • CUAWRT301 Write content for a range of media
  • ICPPRP221 Select and apply type
  • ICPPRP224 Produce pages using a page layout application
  • ICPPRP324 Create pages using a page layout application (Prerequisite unit: ICPPRP224 Produce pages using a page layout application)
  • ICPPRP325 Create graphics using a graphics application
  • ICPPRP421 Compose and evaluate typography (Prerequisite unit: ICPPRP221 Select and apply type)
  • ICPPRP422 Digitise complex images for reproduction
  • ICPPRP430 Manage colour
  • ICTICT308 Use advanced features of computer applications
  • ICTWEB201 Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement
  • ICTWEB302 Build simple websites using commercial programs
  • ICTWEB403 Transfer content to a website using commercial packages
  • SITXICT401 Build and launch a small business website


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


This course provides an educational pathway for learning at higher levels across a broad range of design disciplines, but more specifically in graphic and digital design. You can further your studies in design by applying for entry into Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses in design. In particular, this qualification can lead to further study in the Diploma of Graphic Design R10418 and the Diploma of Visual Arts R10416.


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.