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1 Year


The Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (Illustration) develops your illustration abilities and sets you up to leave your creative mark on the world. Build a high skill level in graphic design and gain a strong understanding of the discipline while specialising in illustration.

Learn from experienced teaching staff as you develop your portfolio by working on design projects across a wide range of industries. Create design concepts for complex projects in collaborative teams and form a network of creative peers throughout the industry.

This advanced diploma can help you prepare for roles such as an illustrator or designer, in several creative environments. It can also support you to become a freelancer and to start your own business.


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

  • Use advanced digital design and illustration techniques
  • Solve business problems using creative solutions
  • Produce graphic designs and illustrations for brand identity, general brand assets and packaging briefs
  • Apply equipment and materials in studio practice
  • Understand and use typography effectively


Build your experience and get practical skills in: 

  • Developing your own personal illustrative and graphic design style
  • Using graphic design software
  • Creating typography
  • Developing illustrative products to sell online
  • Producing storyboards
  • Narrative illustration and storytelling


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

  • An aptitude for and/or experience with graphic design
  • A passion for exploring innovation and unique ideas in visual communication, advertising, publishing, digital and 3D design
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to follow briefs
  • The ability to solve problems outlined in complex briefs
  • Strong collaborative skills to work in a team as well as with clients
  • A willingness to take professional feedback and constructive criticism


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Content Creator
  • Social Media Designer
  • Storyboard Artist for Film or Television
  • Freelance Designer and Illustrator


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:

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

Additional Requirement:

  • For direct entry into this course 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 have:

  • A strong interest in design
  • The ability to think and problem solve creatively
  • Enthusiasm for working collaboratively on creative design
  • Strong communication, organisational and project management skills
  • Computer skills, access to a computer and reliable internet connection

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$13,660
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Design Centre Enmore Feb , Jul A$13,660


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
  • 6 core units plus 9 elective units, of which:
  • 6 must be from the electives listed below
  • 3 may be from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • CUADES512 - Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • CUADES611 - Manage design realisation
  • CUAGRD603 - Extend typographic design expertise
  • CUAGRD611 - Engage in the business of graphic design
  • CUAGRD612 - Originate graphic designs for complex briefs
  • CUAPPR612 - Collaborate in professional creative projects

  • CUAPPR614 - Publicly present a body of own creative work
  • BSBPMG430 - Undertake project work
  • CUAACD611 - Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
  • CUADIG512 - Design digital applications
  • CUADIG516 - Design interactions
  • CUAILL511 - Develop professional illustrations
  • CUAILL512 - Refine illustration techniques
  • CUAPPR512 - Develop sustainability of own professional practice
  • CUAPPR514 - Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice


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


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.

TAFE NSW is here to create exceptional learner experiences and to support you on your study journey to make sure you achieve your goals.

Explore your study options across a range of disciplines and talk to your TAFE NSW Education Agent or contact us.


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.