International Course Info

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Course fee:

A$14,560 - A$15,150


1 Year


The Diploma of Graphic Design (Illustration) strengthens your creative and technical illustration skills so you can advance your career as an illustrator or senior graphic designer.

You'll have the opportunity to experiment with different illustrative techniques and refine your individual style. During this course, you'll create your own body of work by researching historical and contemporary illustrations and investigating how to achieve different technical effects.


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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


Build your experience and get practical skills 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


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

  • 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


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Illustrator
  • Senior Graphic Designer
  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Visual Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Desktop Publishing Operator


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:

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

Additional Requirement:

· Submission of a portfolio, design or written task. Download document

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 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

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.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Design Centre Enmore Feb , Jul A$14,560
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Design Centre Enmore Feb , Jul A$15,150


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 = 19
  • 9 core units plus 10 elective units, of which:
  • 6 must be from the electives listed below
  • 4 may be from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • CUAACD531 - Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
  • CUADES413 - Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • CUAGRD501 - Research visual communication history and theory
  • CUAGRD502 - Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications
  • CUAGRD503 - Produce typographic design solutions
  • CUAGRD514 - Create and manipulate graphics
  • CUAGRD515 - Design and manipulate complex layouts
  • CUAGRD516 - Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs
  • CUAPPR513 - Present a body of own creative work
  • CUAILL401 - Develop and refine illustrative work
  • CUAILL511 - Develop professional illustrations
  • CUAILL512 - Refine illustration techniques
  • CUAACD532 - Create observational drawings
  • CUAACD533 - Select and refine a specialised drawing technique
  • CUAACD534 - Research and apply light and colour
  • CUAACD536 - Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
  • CUAACD537 - Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
  • CUADES511 - Implement design solutions
  • CUADIG519 - Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art


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


Take your learning to the next level with a TAFE NSW Design 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.