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1 Year


This course is for persons who wish to gain a command of wide-ranging technical, creative and conceptual skills and knowledge in visual communication, needed to develop innovative graphic design solutions at an advanced level. These skills will allow you to conceive, negotiate and realise design concepts for complex projects using sophisticated communication, organisational and project management skills. Classes are small with plenty of individual mentoring from our expert educational staff. This course is tailored to industry needs and provides opportunities to:

  • Attend on campus industry talks
  • Undertake 'live' briefs with industry professionals
  • Undertake a mentored internship
  • Study the business aspects of graphic design
  • Participate in a graduate exhibition
  • Build professional contacts
  • Develop a great portfolio

Study units are clustered into 5 subject areas:

  • Print and digital technologies
  • Strategic visual communication
  • Advanced typography
  • Studio practice
  • Portfolio and exhibition


A career in graphic design offers a variety of opportunity across a range of specialisations including digital and print applications, branding and identity, advertising and promotion, art direction and studio management, packaging and environmental design. Graphic designers work in many different environments including design studios, advertising agencies, in-house, broadcast and web production houses, design collectives and freelance.


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.

  • Prerequisite: Diploma of Graphic Design (R10418)
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL (iBT) 60 or TAFE NSW English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

    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$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.


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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 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.
    • Elective units 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
    • 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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