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Printmedia began in 1919 as the Printers Trade School, and now provides quality Printing and Graphic Arts training as part of TAFE SA.

Printmedia has a proactive, flexible approach to training, offering nationally recognised Printing and Graphic Arts Qualifications for traineeships, apprenticeships and full-time courses.

Qualifications on offer range from Certificate II through to Diploma level.

Flexible delivery is a key component of the teaching and learning culture, which incorporates off-the-job classroom, on-the-job workplace, distance self-paced, and interactive media options.

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Certificate III Program in Graphic Design Production
Incorporating ICP30212 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Pre-Press)

This is a one-year study program, which incorporates topics such as Design, Web construction, Digital Printing on Wide format and Document Machines and producing Print Ready files used for multiple purposes. This course is designed to produce graduates with an in-depth knowledge of commercial practices within the Printing, Design and Graphic Arts industries.  The qualification guides individuals through an intense studio-based program using industry standard software and digital output devices. Students are taught high-level technical production, graphic design and pre-press skills, enabling them to see their entire design project through from initial concept to final product. All students complete a combination of core and elective units which when passed will provide excellent job ready skills. Graduates of this course will receive a ICP30212 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Pre-press).

Core Subject Topics

  • Graphic arts and design layout
  • The design and preparation of conventionally printed products such as logos, stationary, brochures and magazines.
  • Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Web page design and construction.
  • Text and graphic creation and manipulation, typography.
  • The generation of electronic files for digital output. 

The course aims to develop multi-skilled individuals who will be able to be flexible in their approach to work within the Graphic Arts Industry.

Delivery Mode
Flexible delivery is a key component of the teaching and learning culture. All course content and communications can be accessed via an online Learning Management System (LMS). Students are expected to attend a minimum of 6 hours equipment based training per week; with the option to attend classroom based activities for a further 9 hours. Classroom based activities are all accessible online and can be completed off campus — with Lecturer approval; if you have access to a computer, an internet connection and the Adobe CC Suite Applications. There is approximately 3 to 9 hours of self directed study (home work) per week.

Training Pathways
The successful completion of the Certificate III Program in Graphic Design Production will open pathways for possible Industry Apprenticeships in Pre Press and Digital Printing. It can also lead to further study in Certificate IV and/or Diploma courses that may be available upon completion within the ICP10- Printing and Graphic Arts and/or CUV11- Visual Arts, Craft and Design Training Packages.

Career Pathways

Upon successful completion of the Certificate III Program in Graphic Design Production you may find possible employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Graphic Pre-Press Operator
  • Digital Print Operator
  • Finished Artist
  • Junior Graphic Designer

Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.


The Print Media Group offer a range of flexible training solutions for apprentices in the print industry. With more and more businesses requiring staff who are able to multi-task, an apprenticeship is the ideal solution. Trade qualifications can be gained through on the job training, off the job training at our modern facility, online or a combination of all, which can also include skills recognition via RPL*.

There are a range of incentives available for both employer and apprentice. Training is customized to suit the individual person and workplace. We currently provide training across most states in Australia and hold strong relationships with industry, which enables us to provide specialist training.

*RPL: gain all or part of a qualification simply by providing us with evidence of skills you have currently learnt at or outside of your workplace.

Current apprenticeship programs include:

  • Graphic Pre-Press
  • Printing (Digital)
  • Printing (Litho)
  • Print Finishing

Print Media Courses

Apprenticeship CoursesHelp…   National Code
Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Printing) ICP30515


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Employment Opportunities

Depending on the qualification you complete, possible careers include working as a Graphic Pre-Press Operator, Digital Print Operator, Finished Artist, Junior Graphic Designer, Offset Print Operator, Wide Format Print Operator or Print Finisher in many different commercial and community organisations within the printing and graphic arts industry. The types of organisations can consist of small print shops, large multinational production environments, advertising and design agencies and also provide the option to pursue freelance work.


Creative Industries Centre

Tea Tree Gully Campus
100 Smart Rd
South Australia 5092

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Phone: +61 8 8207 8144
Fax: +61 8 8207 8008

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