Diploma Program in Visual Communication

Duration Up to 12 months Full Time or Part Time equivalent
TAFE SA CodeCP00242
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This course is suited to individuals who wish to make a start in their graphic design career and who have a strong creative flair for arts and visual communication.



Campus / Delivery Study Mode Application
OnlineOnlineOpening 13 Aug 2018
OnlineOnlineOpening 13 Aug 2018

Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate IV in Design
  • or
  • Submission of a folio which provides evidence of your technical skills and ability to produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges, produce typography that supports the overall design solution and use graphic design industry software
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by Date of application
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Important Information

  • TAFE SA will email you information on the portfolio requirements and how to submit your portfolio. Please email admissions@tafesa.edu.au if you are not contacted within 5 business days after applying.
  • For further information or for port folio details before applying please email admissions@tafesa.edu.au
  • Students wishing to access WorkReady funding or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills as part of course counselling before enrolling.
  • Students will be required to purchase a licence for Adobe Creative Cloud (approx. $30.00/month)
  • The expectation is that a full time study load would equate to approximately 24 hours per week and completion of 4 subjects per term.
  • The expectation is that a part time study load would equate to 12 hours per week and completion of 2 subjects per term.

Employment Outcomes

Graphic and multimedia 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.

Skills Covered

Diploma Program in Visual Communication
This program is delivered fully online with lecturer facilitation.
The qualification reflects the role of individuals who combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges.
You will gain a sound understanding of design theory and practice and the ability to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions.
This course integrates both print and digital media applications of design.
Topics covered include:

  • Design Fundamentals
  • Design Software
  • Typography
  • Drawing for Design
  • Creative Thinking
  • Design History
  • Branding Identity
  • Photography
  • Complex Layouts
  • Illustration
  • Digital Design
  • Interactive Media
  • Web Construction
  • Design Studio
  • and a specialisation where you choose a field to extend your expertise.
    To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 9 core units and 10 elective units.


Successful completion of this course provides you with the following qualifications:

QualificationTAFE SA CodeNational Code
Diploma of Graphic DesignTP00927CUA50715

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.


The TAFE SA qualification is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative. To access subsidised training through WorkReady, your suitability to complete the qualification will be assessed. This may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment.