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1 Year


This qualification is for those who want to gain the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to develop and communicate creative graphic design solutions across the areas of print and digital design. You will learn to combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges, and will be able to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions.

To enter this qualification you will need to already have a sound understanding of design theory and practice. These skills and knowledge may have been gained through personal or work experience or through completion of formal study, such as the Certificate IV in Design (Graphic Design) R11412

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


You will be able to work as graphic designers in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media, working in junior or generalist roles, including areas such advertising and promotion, art direction, branding, corporate identity, instructional design, packaging, signage and web design.


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.

  • Pre-requisite to study at Design Centre Enmore College is the Certificate IV in Design (Graphic Design) (R11412) or the Certificate IV in Design (Multi Discipline) CUA40715DM
  • Pre-requisite to study at Western Sydney Region Kingswood College is the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (R10408)
  • Pre-requisite to study at South Western Sydney Region Campbelltown is the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (R10408)
  • Kingscliff and Port Macquarie College requires completion of Year 12 or equivalent and it is preferable to hold a Certificate IV or equivalent experience
  • Submission of a portfolio, design or written task. Download document
  • 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.

    Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations


    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Campbelltown Feb , Jul A$13,240
    Design Centre Enmore Feb , Jul A$13,240
    Kingscliff Feb A$13,240
    Kingswood Feb , Jul A$13,240
    Port Macquarie Feb A$13,240


    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Campbelltown Feb , Jul A$13,240
    Design Centre Enmore Feb , Jul A$13,240
    Kingscliff Feb A$13,240
    Kingswood Feb , Jul A$13,240


    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.

    Learn more about Scholarships


    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 = 19
    • 9 core units plus 10 elective units of which 6 units must be selected from the electives list below
    • 4 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level
    • Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification maintain the integrity of AQF alignment and contribute to a valid vocational outcome.
    • Core Units
    • BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice
    • CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
    • CUAGRD501 Research visual communication history and theory
    • CUAGRD502 Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications
    • CUAGRD503 Produce typographic design solutions
    • CUAGRD504 Create and manipulate graphics
    • CUAGRD505 Design and manipulate complex layouts
    • CUAGRD506 Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs
    • CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work
    • BSBADV509 Create mass print media advertisements
    • BSBADV510 Create mass electronic media advertisements
    • BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
    • BSBCRT301 Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
    • BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas
    • BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process
    • BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
    • BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief
    • BSBDES501 Implement design solutions
    • BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
    • BSBEBU502 Implement e-business solutions
    • BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
    • BSBIPR404 Protect and use innovative designs
    • BSBIPR405 Protect and use intangible assets in small business
    • BSBMKG418 Develop and apply knowledge of marketing communication industry
    • BSBMKG421 Optimise digital media impact
    • BSBMKG524 Design effective user experiences
    • BSBMKG530 Create distributed multiplatform digital advertisements
    • BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
    • BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace
    • BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
    • BSBWRT401 Write complex documents
    • BSBWRT501 Write persuasive copy
    • 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
    • CUADIG304 Create visual design components
    • 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
    • CUADIG509 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
    • CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative work
    • CUAILL501 Develop professional illustrations
    • CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
    • CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
    • CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
    • CUAPHI501 Apply visual communication theories to photo imaging practice
    • CUAPHI513 Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
    • CUAPHI514 Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
    • CUAPOS402 Manage media assets
    • CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work
    • CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice
    • CUAPPR504 Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
    • CUASOU304 Prepare audio assets
    • ICPPRN384 Set up and produce basic digital print
    • ICPPRN496 Set up and produce complex digital print
    • ICPPRP422 Digitise complex images for reproduction
    • ICPPRP430 Manage colour
    • ICPPRP435 Generate complex imposition
    • ICPPRP484 Set up and operate automated workflow
    • ICTWEB501 Build a dynamic website
    • SITXICT401 Build and launch a small business website


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


    Graduates may engage in further learning in vocational education through the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA60315A) or higher education qualifications in graphic design and broader areas of practice, such as digital media or other design disciplines.


    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.