Diploma of Graphic Design

National Code: CUA50720
TAFE SA Code: TP01256


Design your own career with this nationally recognised diploma. During this course you will develop the creative and practical techniques you need to produce effective design solutions for print and digital media. Learn about the Adobe software, working with type, motion graphics, creative thinking, UX/UI Design, branding, photo-media, web design, drawing for design, illustration, design history and 2D/3D visual campaign design.

Graduate with an impressive portfolio of design work which can help to gain entry level employment or undertake further study in the advanced diploma.

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12 months 

Full Time

Graphic and Multimedia Designer

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate III or higher in a design related area OR
  • Completion of TAFE SA Graphic Design bridging course OR
  • Submission of a portfolio 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.

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Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
On campus course is generally 3 days on-campus and one day online.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need:

  • intermediate computer skills
  • good communication, collaboration and teamwork skills
  • to be interested in working with people.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs

  • $200 for arts materials and tools
  • $75 for Noble Desktop: Intro to InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator eBook
  • If studying online you will need to have a graphics capable computer and broadband internet access.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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 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.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA50720)
    This 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 Foundations; Adobe Creative Suite; Typography; Drawing for Design; Design History; Creative Thinking; Illustration; Design Studio; Branding Identity; and Web/ Interactive Design. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 9 core units and 10 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Create and manipulate graphics 60
    Design and manipulate complex layouts 65
    Develop and extend design skills and practice 30
    Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs 60
    Present a body of own creative work 60
    Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications 60
    Produce typographic design solutions 60
    Refine drawing and other visual representation tools 80
    Research visual communication history and theory 55


    Name Nominal Hours
    Build and launch a small business website 85
    Create visual design components 30
    Design interactions 60
    Develop and refine illustrative work 50
    Develop graphic designs for branding and identity 65
    Implement design solutions 70
    Make a presentation 30
    Originate and develop concepts 30
    Produce innovative video art 50
    Work with photomedia in creative practice 65
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