Diploma Program in Visual Communication

TAFE SA Code: CP00242

Incorporating: Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA50715)


Immerse yourself into the exciting field of visual communication creation and discover how to connect with audiences in compelling and dynamic ways.

You will learn the key concepts and technical skills of graphic design, traditional print media and digital design.

A hands-on project driven approach lets you apply theory and technical knowledge in a practical, industry current way. You’ll learn about creative thinking, typography, design foundations, branding, drawing, page layout, interactive design, illustration, photography and the Adobe Creative Suite.

Start your design career with a professionally presented portfolio of the work you complete throughout the course and have the skills to back it up.

The course is delivered fully online with lecturer support throughout. You will use a range of modern learning methodologies including web conferencing, instructional video, one-on-one online meetings, discussion forums underpinned by a dynamic online learning platform.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery or completion date of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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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 to this course
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.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$4,079 - $4,268
$8,159 - $8,537
$3,205 - $3,354
$6,410 - $6,707

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee

This course also has an incidentals cost of $135.00 for Licence fee for access to Lynda.com and $75 for Noble Desktop: Intro to InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator eBook.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • TAFE SA will email you information on the portfolio requirements and how to submit your portfolio. Please email enquiry@tafesa.edu.au if you are not contacted within 5 business days after applying.
    • Students wishing to access subsidised funding or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
    • The expectation is that a full time study load equates to approximately 24 hours per week and completion of 4 subjects per term and a part time study load equates to 12 hours per week and completion of 2 subjects per term.
    • Students will be required to supply or have access to the following: Adobe Creative Cloud (approx. $30.00/month); Microsoft Office 365 (approx.$199.00); Broadband Internet connection. Please note, ADSL2+ minimum, is recommended due to the volume of downloading and uploading large files required by the course; Computer capable of running Adobe Creative Cloud. 8GB of RAM minimum, 16GB recommended; Access to a printer and associated software; Access to a digital camera or mobile phone with camera and related software for taking photos of design tasks and projects and for documenting design processes; Art Supplies such as pens, pencils, paper and paints (approx. $200). Details of required items will be made available at time of enrolment.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    - Graphic Design
    - Packaging Design
    - Interface Design
    - Web Design
    - Branding and Identity Design
    - Illustration
    - Marketing and Promotion
    - Magazine and Publishing Design

    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
    Topics covered include: Design Fundamentals; Create and manipulate graphics; Typography; Drawing for Design; Creative Thinking; Design History; Branding Identity; Photography; Complex Layout; Illustration; Interactive Design; Web Construction; Specialisation; Portfolio; Design Studio. 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:

    Qualification TAFE SA Code National Code
    Diploma of Graphic Design TP00927 CUA50715

    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.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • 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. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Media
    Bachelor of Media (majoring in Marketing)
    Bachelor of Media (majoring in Journalism)
    Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)
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