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Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

  • National Course Code: CUA60320
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA60320-01V01-22DCE-061

Location – Enmore


Full Time


On campus

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

20 Hours per week


34 weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally recognised Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design is a deep dive into the world of visual communication. Strengthen your creative expertise and tailor your skills to specialise in print media, advertising, corporate branding or digital design.


Through a mix of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Collaborate and work with industry mentors
  • Use advanced creative thinking and strategy techniques
  • Use digital design techniques
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of typography
  • Work with industry software including user experience (UX)/user interface (UI) and motion graphics
  • Develop sustainable design and business practices


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A passion for exploring innovation in visual communication, advertising, publishing, digital and 3D design
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to follow briefs
  • The ability to solve problems in complex briefs
  • Strong collaborative skills to work in a team and with clients
  • A willingness to take professional feedback
  • Unique design ideas


Completing this course provides you with:

  • An accredited qualification at Advanced Diploma level
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own business
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Graphic designer
  • Brand designer
  • Digital designer
  • Junior art director
  • Art assistant
  • Social media designer


Expand your design capabilities with the:

  • Bachelor of Creative Practice with TAFE NSW Degrees

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 be eligible for this course, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • That you can supply a portfolio of work, demonstrating significant skills and/or experience in graphic design and
  • Availability for an interview with your teaching staff


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A strong interest in areas of design
  • The ability to think creatively and solve problems creatively
  • Enthusiasm for working collaboratively on creative design
  • Good communication, organisation and project management skills
  • Digital literacy and access to a computer and reliable internet connection
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level

TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To assess your aptitude for this course we require you to submit a portfolio of design works. Please also advise of any previous study and/or work experience.
Your portfolio should contain 6-10 pieces of work. These works will demonstrate your range of skills, both creative and technical, and include a variety of formats in both print and digital media, that incorporate type as well as image.

Submission format
Digital PDF file, clearly named and with a brief description of each work included; or provide a link to an online portfolio.

We will be looking for:

  • concepts that demonstrate the application of the principles of visual communication
  • concepts that reference historical and/or stylistic design trends
  • typographic expertise
  • an example of a multi-page publication layout
  • examples of both 2D and 3D applications
  • an example of a branding project, including mini style guide and collateral applications

All selection criteria apply equally.
Submit your portfolio to the following email address

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a full time, on campus course. You must attend approximately 20 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 15 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 3 days a week for 34 weeks.

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
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with day classes. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


Computers and access to industry software are provided for those classes where you are learning technical skills. 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 may need to purchase your own additional materials and resources for project work.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


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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

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Core Units
Number Title
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
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUADIG512 Design digital applications
CUADIG516 Design interactions
CUADIG518 Refine digital art techniques
CUADIG519 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
CUAGRD616 Develop graphic designs for packaging
CUAGRD617 Develop graphic designs for branding and identity
CUAPPR514 Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
CUAPPR614 Publicly present a body of own creative work
CUAPPR615 Evolve ideas for professional creative work

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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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Phone 131 601

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