Offering Info

Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

  • National Course Code: CUA60315
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA60315-01V01-20DCE-001

Location – Design Centre Enmore (Illustration)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

04 Feb 2020

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.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

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.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you:

  • Have successfully completed of the Diploma of Graphic Design - Illustration or equivalent.

  • You will also be required to present a portfolio of original drawings and design work that support learning at Diploma level.

It's all happening at TAFE NSW InfoFest. Register for an information session to broaden your skills set to get ahead. Can't find an Information Session for you? Enquire Online or call 131601.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Location: Information/Portfolio Session: Design Centre Enmore, Building D, Level G, Room DG.08.

Date: Wednesday 11 December 2019
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Location: Infofest Light - Design Centre Enmore, Building D, Level G, Room DG.08.

Date: Wednesday 22 January 2020
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Location: Infofest Light - Design Centre Enmore, Building D, Level G, Room DG.08.


This is a Full Time Face to Face. You will need to attend approximately 16 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 1 years.

You may also be required to complete approximately 15 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.


  • Have completed one or a combination of the following:
  • Diploma of Graphic Design - Illustration CUA50715
  • Degrees of parts thereof in Visual Arts
  • Diplomas & Advanced Diplomas in other design disciplines (ie Graphic Design, Fashion, Industrial, Interior).
  • Experience in the workplace for example: as a graphic Designer or practising artist.
  • In exceptional circumstances learners that have excelled in Design & Technology and/or Visual Arts at high school and/or design and construction for school theatrical productions.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday from 10.00am to 5.30pm, Wednesday from 9.00am to 1.00pm and Thursday from 11.00am to 3.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

Additonal resources will be required to successfully complete this course and will cost approximately $190.00 for materials/consumables, subsidising field trips and visits, safety equipment and/or toolkits and general resources.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Code Name Start Date End Date Census Date Amount
20DCE00245 UOS 1-CUA60315-20DCE-001-VSL 04 Feb 2020 09 Apr 2020 02 Mar 2020 $2,586.00
20DCE00246 UOS 2-CUA60315-20DCE-001-VSL 27 Apr 2020 19 Jun 2020 01 Jun 2020 $2,586.00
20DCE00247 UOS 3-CUA60315-20DCE-001-VSL 20 Jul 2020 25 Sep 2020 03 Aug 2020 $2,586.00
20DCE00248 UOS 4-CUA60315-20DCE-001-VSL 12 Oct 2020 04 Dec 2020 02 Nov 2020 $2,584.00

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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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
BSBIPR501 Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business
CUAACD601 Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
CUADIG403 Create user interfaces
CUADIG502 Design digital applications
CUAGRD604 Develop and execute advertising concepts
CUAILL501 Develop professional illustrations
CUAILL502 Refine illustration techniques
CUAPPR604 Publicly present a body of own creative work

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.

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Course Location

Design Centre Enmore
110 Edgeware Road, Enmore
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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