Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

National Code: CUA60315
TAFE SA Code: TP00928


Design your career with this qualification. You’ll learn the skills required to establish, negotiate and refine a design brief, manage design realisation, manage projects, originate graphic designs for complex briefs and extend typographic design expertise.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time

  • Duration
    Full Fee
    Average cost per semester
    $6,615 - $7,206
    $2,331 - $2,539
    $1,764 - $1,922
    Total Fees for the 12 Months course
    $13,230 - $14,411
    $4,662 - $5,078
    $3,528 - $3,843

    Average cost per semester
    Total Fees for the 12 Month course
    Full Fee
    $6,615 - $7,206
    $13,230 - $14,411
    $2,331 - $2,539
    $4,662 - $5,078
    $1,764 - $1,922
    $3,528 - $3,843

    Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. This course also has an incidentals cost of $310.00 for $60 licence fee for access to, $50 contribution for participation in Graduate Exhibition and $200 for arts materials and tools.

    This course 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.

  • Upfront Payment

    This is the total cost of the course you need to pay when you enrol if you are not eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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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 for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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    • TAFE SA will email you information on the portfolio requirements and how to submit your portfolio. Please email if you are not contacted within 5 business days after applying.
    • For further information or for portfolio details before applying please email
    • Students wishing to access WorkReady funding or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Engage in the business of graphic design 65
    Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice 30
    Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief 65
    Extend typographic design expertise 60
    Manage design realisation 50
    Originate graphic designs for complex briefs 65
    Undertake project work 60


    Name Nominal Hours
    Author interactive media 50
    Build and launch a small business website 85
    Collaborate in professional creative projects 50
    Create mass print media advertisements 30
    Design innovative products 50
    Develop and apply knowledge of marketing communication industry 40
    Develop and execute advertising concepts 55
    Develop complex web page layouts 40
    Develop graphic designs for packaging 55
    Develop professional illustrations 70
    Evolve ideas for professional creative work 50
    Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level 80
    Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools 60
    Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business 60
    Originate a body of independent creative work 75
    Realise a body of creative work 80
    Refine 3-D design ideas and processes 70
    Refine digital art techniques 80
    Research and apply emerging web technology trends 80
    Research and apply light and colour 45
    Work with photomedia in creative practice 55
  • Employment Outcomes

    Graphic designer, Web and multimedia designer, Advertising creative team member.

    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

    Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA60315)
    This qualification reflects the role of individuals who have highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills in visual communication to conceive, negotiate and realise design solutions. You will gain a sound understanding of visual communication and design theory and history, and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Advanced communication, organisation and project management skills are also covered. This course integrates both print and digital media applications of design. Topics covered include Design Studio, Advanced Typography, Design Business, Photo Imaging, Packaging Design, Advertising, Marketing and Portfolio Creation. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 8 elective units.

    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.

    * 2017 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

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