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The Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design deepens your visual communication skills and enables you to leave your creative mark on the world. Tailor your career to specialise in print media, advertising, corporate branding, digital design or illustration for commercial purposes.

Learn to collaborate with your creative team to realise design projects, mastering each step in the design process from the initial brief to the final art.

Graduates can use their new creative knowledge to build a career as a graphic designer, social media designer or content creator, or take the helm at a design business as a studio manager. If drawing and illustrating is your passion, you can focus on that speciality.


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Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Develop your typographic design expertise
  • Execute graphic designs for complex briefs
  • Collaborate with clients
  • Undertake project work
  • Establish and maintain an environmentally sustainable work practice


Strengthen your real-world skills in design:

  • Hand drawing and illustration
  • 3D design and construction
  • Digital design and illustration techniques
  • Publishing techniques
  • Creative problem solving solutions
  • Team work and collaborative preparation
  • Produce typography that supports the overall design solution
  • Use industry software


People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A passion for exploring innovation in visual communication, advertising, publishing, digital and 3D design
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to follow briefs
  • Strong collaborative skills to work in a team and with clients
  • A willingness to take professional feedback
  • A desire to learn the business side of the graphic design industry


The global market for interior, industrial, graphic and fashion design services is forecast to reach US$249.5 billion by 2022 at a compound annual growth rate of 13% from 2018 to 2022.

Graphic design is the second most popular design skill sought by employers, after User Experience (UX). Labour shortages are occurring in tech design for smartphones, tablets and IoT (Internet of Things), as well as social media, marketing, print and brand identity work.


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.


English Language Requirements:

Additional Requirement:

  • For direct entry into this course a submission of a portfolio, design or written task is required for assessment. 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:

  • Possess a strong interest in areas of design
  • Have the ability to think creatively
  • Be willing to work collaboratively on creative design
  • Be able to solve problems creatively
  • Good communication, organisational and project management skills

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.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Design Centre Enmore Feb , Jul A$12,420
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Design Centre Enmore Feb , Jul A$12,420


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


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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


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 units must be selected from the electives listed below
  • 3 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Diploma or above.
  • Core Units
  • BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • BSBDES601 Manage design realisation
  • BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
  • CUAGRD601 Engage in the business of graphic design
  • CUAGRD602 Originate graphic designs for complex briefs
  • CUAGRD603 Extend typographic design expertise
  • CUAPPR504 Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
  • BSBADV509 Create mass print media advertisements
  • BSBADV510 Create mass electronic media advertisements
  • BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
  • BSBCRT601 Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity
  • BSBDES501 Implement design solutions
  • BSBDES602 Research global design trends
  • BSBDES801 Research and apply design theory
  • BSBEBU501 Investigate and design e-business solutions
  • BSBEBU502 Implement e-business solutions
  • BSBINN501 Establish systems that support innovation
  • BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment
  • BSBINN601 Lead and manage organisational change
  • BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
  • BSBIPR501 Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business
  • BSBMKG421 Optimise digital media impact
  • BSBMKG524 Design effective user experiences
  • BSBMKG530 Create distributed multiplatform digital advertisements
  • BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
  • BSBWRT401 Write complex documents
  • BSBWRT501 Write persuasive copy
  • CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
  • CUAACD502 Create observational drawings
  • CUAACD503 Select and refine a specialised drawing technique
  • CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour
  • CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
  • CUAACD507 Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
  • CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice
  • CUAACD601 Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
  • CUADES601 Design innovative products
  • CUADIG401 Author interactive media
  • CUADIG403 Create user interfaces
  • CUADIG501 Coordinate the testing of interactive media products
  • CUADIG502 Design digital applications
  • CUADIG503 Design e-learning resources
  • CUADIG506 Design interaction
  • CUADIG507 Design digital simulations
  • CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques
  • CUADIG509 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
  • CUAGRD604 Develop and execute advertising concepts
  • CUAGRD605 Develop graphic designs for the built environment
  • CUAGRD606 Develop graphic designs for packaging
  • CUAGRD607 Develop graphic designs for branding and identity
  • CUAILL501 Develop professional illustrations
  • CUAILL502 Refine illustration techniques
  • CUAPHI501 Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
  • CUAPHI503 Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
  • CUAPHI509 Plan and produce visual art photo images
  • CUAPHI513 Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
  • CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
  • CUAPPR602 Collaborate in professional creative projects
  • CUAPPR604 Publicly present a body of own creative work
  • CUAPPR606 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
  • CUARES602 Extend cultural research expertise
  • CUAWRT601 Write scripts
  • ICTWEB501 Build a dynamic website
  • ICTWEB505 Develop complex web page layouts
  • ICTWEB506 Develop complex cascading style sheets
  • ICTWEB508 Develop website information architecture
  • ICTWEB516 Research and apply emerging web technology trends
  • SITXICT401 Build and launch a small business website


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Whatever your career ambitions, we will help you get there with a range of courses to develop your skills, build your knowledge and prepare you for work.

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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.