Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Study pathway:
  • Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV50311)
Duration (incl. holidays) 40 weeks
Teaching Duration34 weeks
(2 Semesters is 1 academic year)
CRICOS Code084984D
National CodeCUV60411
Course TypeTraining Package Qualification
Course UnitsView Units
Example Career ProfileGraphic and Multimedia DesignerGraphic and Multimedia Designer
FacultiesArts and Design
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    Course Admission Requirements (for International Applications)

    • Academic IELTS score of 5.5 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
    • Successful completion of the Diploma of Graphic Design (in the same field of design).

    Course Notes

    • Students interested in the Graphic Design course will have the option of choosing 1 of 3 streams: general; digital design; or illustration.

      General Stream:
      This stream aims to develop multi-skilled individuals who will be flexible in their approach to work within the Graphic Design Industry. Study topics include advanced typography; illustration; photo imaging; marketing; packaging design; advertising; editorial and publishing design; creative studio; and basic web design and construction.

      Digital Design Stream:
      This stream aims to develop individuals who will be able to work in a diverse range of digital and web design environments. Study topics include advanced web design and construction; editorial and publishing design; photo imaging; mobile and tablet website creation; eBook creation and digital publishing for iPad; and emerging technologies.

      Illustration Stream:
      This stream is designed to develop a range of visual art skills and knowledge which are necessary in becoming a professional illustrator. Graduates will be skilled in both traditional and digital medias and emerging technologies. Students will produce project-based quality illustrations for varying industries including publishing, advertising, film and game.

      *The 3 streams are very different, therefore students cannot swap from a diploma of one stream into the advanced diploma of another stream. Students will need to list their preferred preference when applying to TAFE SA.

      *The total duration for the Diploma and Advanced Diploma is 2 years (4 semesters) for a total fee of $28000.
    • Students would typically complete a package of courses, made up of the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (2 semesters) and the Diploma of Graphic Design (2 semesters) for a total duration of 2 academic years (4 Semesters). The cost of this package of courses is $28000. Students will receive a COE and a parchment for each of the courses within the package.
    • Campus will change to the Adelaide City Arts (AC Arts) Campus from semester 2, 2017.

    How to Apply

    International Course - application process

    If you are applying from onshore, generally, you will need to apply for an international course to TAFE South Australia at least two months before you want to start your studies in Australia. If you are applying from offshore it is highly recommended that you apply at least four months in advance.

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    Enquire online or apply now.

    Note: You must be an International resident to apply for this course. For Australian residents please visit TAFE SA Courses.

    Employment Outcomes

    Graphic designers are creative individuals who produce artwork and page layouts for reproduction in print and electronic media such as magazines, newspapers, books and websites, and for corporate identity programs and advertising campaigns. They may work as team members in design studios or advertising agencies, or alone undertaking consultancy or freelance work. Printing courses encompass major aspects of the electronic publishing and graphic design industry, as well as having application to web design and development. Courses cover computer technology and design, with aspects of electronic publishing, digital design and sign production, preparing students for careers in the printing, graphic and sign-production industries.

    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.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV50311)
    9 core units: Develop and extend design skills and practice; Refine drawing and other visual represent tools; Research visual communication history and theory; Produce graphic designs for 2D and 3D applications; Produce typographic design solutions; Create and manipulate graphics; Design and manipulate complex layouts; Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs; Present a body of own creative work; plus 10 elective units.

    Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV60411)
    This is a two-year study program, which incorporating both the Diploma of Graphic Design and Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design. All students complete a common core of subject topics and choose their area of specialisation by completing the Graphic Design, Digital Design or Illustration Stream. Students can exit after their first year of study at Diploma level.

    Core Subject Topics
    The core subject topics are delivered across all three streams and teach the foundation skills and knowledge of Graphic Design. Study topics include design foundations; computer graphics; design art and history; drawing and visual representation; typography; design studio; branding; and design business.

    Graphic Design Stream Subject Topics
    This stream aims to develop multi-skilled individuals who will be flexible in their approach to work within the Graphic Design Industry. Study topics include advanced typography; illustration; photo imaging; marketing; packaging design; advertising; editorial and publishing design; creative studio; and basic web design and construction.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    Packaged University Offer

    This course is available as a Packaged University Offer. The University program(s) for this course: Bachelor of Media at the University of Adelaide or Bachelor of Communication and Media at the University of South Australia

    This allows students to accept a joint packaged offer with a local South Australian University, and upon successful completion of TAFE SA qualification, the student is eligible for a guaranteed entry into a nominated University Program. Find out more about Packaged University Offers.

    The benefits of a Packaged University Offer include:

    • Students will be able to apply for a single visa for the entire duration of both programs
    • Guaranteed entry into selected University Programs
    • Guaranteed credits shorten the duration of qualifications and reduces tuition fees over the total duration of study program
    • Graduate with a dual qualification from both TAFE SA and a University (for example Advanced Diploma/Bachelor Degree)
    • Graduate with a competitive mix of practical and theoretical skills

    See relevant Credit Transfer details below.

    Credit Transfer

    You will only receive a joint offer for TAFE SA and University if you apply for a Packaged University Program. If the University course that you have selected is not part of a Packaged University Offers, you will need to apply separately to the University for your selected degree program.

    Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses.

    Find other TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

    Credit Gained
    UniversityUniversity CoursePointsTime Equiv.Details
    University of AdelaideBachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship36 points 18 months Details
     Bachelor of Media36 points 18 months Details
     Bachelor of Media (majoring in Marketing)18 points  Details
     Bachelor of Media (majoring in Journalism)18 points  Details
    University of South AustraliaBachelor of Design (Communication Design)54 points 18 months Details
     Bachelor of Communication and Media36 points 12 months Details
     Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing36 points 12 months Details


    These course fees are for international students only.

    Tuition FeesIncidental Fees
    Semester 1AUD $7000-
    Semester 2AUD $7000-
    Fee TotalsAUD $14000-
    Total Course CostAUD $14000

    Note: TAFE SA does not commit to any fees shown. Charges vary between courses and subjects and are based on a rate per hour. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    Overseas Student Health Cover

    All overseas students are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Student Health Cover.

    Additional Services

    TAFE SA International offers an optional Arrival & Pick up and/or Accommodation Service. For further details please contact us.

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