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Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

  • National Course Code: CUA60315
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA60315-01V01-19DCE-265

Location – Design Centre Enmore

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Hours Per Week



1 Year

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • VET Student Loans Available
  • Non Government Subsidised

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who have highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills in visual communication to conceive, negotiate and realise design solutions.

Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of visual communication and design theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Advanced communication, organisational and project management skills are also required.

Practitioners may work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media.

Licensing/Regulatory Information
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.
To enter this qualification, individuals must provide evidence of their ability to:
- apply visual communication history and theory to own professional practice
- produce professional typography
- produce graphic designs for two-dimensional and three-dimensional applications
- create and manipulate graphics and design complex publication layouts

Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through graphic design work experience or through formal study.
In addition to your classes, you should expect to do 3 hours per week of additional study to complete project work.

In addtion to your classes, you should plan to spend approximately one hour in your own time for every hour of ?face to face? training per week on assessment tasks. The Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design will provide you with the opportunity to build a great portfolio, work on live briefs with industry professionals, and undertake a mentored internship. You will also study the business aspects of graphic design. The course culminates with an exhibition that is well attended by industry. Many of our graduates have gained employment directly from this event. This course is the perfect stepping stone to the start of a great career in graphic design.
On successful completion, you will have developed the skills and knowledge for employment as a graphic designer, junior art director or studio manager, or to establish your own practice.
This qualification provides an educational pathway to graduate studies in graphic design and other creative industries.

Entry requirements: Diploma of Graphic Design or equivalent study or employment experience. Interview and portfolio presentation required.

There are no Information Sessions scheduled at this time.? Please contact campus for more information.

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You will need to attend about 15 hours of class over 3 days a week for 1 year. Indicative timetable: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.00am to 4.00pm. Your timetable will be confirmed at the orientation session.

This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your fees. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

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Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed below. Fees are charged on the census day for each unit of study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.

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Computers are provided for those classes where you are learning about software. It is recommended that you have your own laptop with industry standard software.

Some materials and resources for printing and producing project work are provided onsite. There is no materials fee for this course.

You will need to purchase your own additional materials and resources for project work.



Payment - funding:

Enrolments will open from 14 October 2019 for our February 2020 intake.

To find out more information on this course including the next start date, submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page, or call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

*Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

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If you are interested in studying as a Trainee or Apprentice please call 131 601 for full details.

Core Units
Number Title
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
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBCRT601 Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUADIG403 Create user interfaces
CUADIG509 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
CUAGRD606 Develop graphic designs for packaging
CUAGRD607 Develop graphic designs for branding and identity
CUAPPR604 Publicly present a body of own creative work
ICTWEB508 Develop website information architecture

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.
Illustration, Design for Television, Design for Film, Art Direction, Theatre Design, Set Design, Costume Design, Props, Puppetry, SFX Make-up, Prosthetics, Entertainment Design, Event Design

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Design Centre Enmore
110 Edgeware Road, Enmore
Phone 131 601

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