Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

National Code: CUA60320
TAFE SA Code: TP01257


This course is for those who have completed the diploma of graphic design or have previous experience working in the design industry. You will enhance your technical, creative, and conceptual skills by working on complex design projects. Learn about packaging design, marketing, social media, advertising, wayfinding, advanced typography, design business and specialised creative fields. Work on real-world projects in conjunction with the design industry and collaborate with your peers to plan, promote, and run a public exhibition of your work.

Graduate ready to take on a position as a graphic designer, motion/multimedia designer, illustrator or as an advertising industry creative.

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12 months 

Full Time

Graphic and Multimedia Designer

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Information Session:

Tuesday 7th May 2024, 6.00pm Adelaide college of the Arts, Meet on level 1 foyer

Wednesday 12th June 2024, 6.00pm Adelaide College of the Arts, Meet on level 1 foyer

Thursday 23 May 2024, 6.00pm Online. A link will be provided to those that register.

Course Admission Requirements

  • Diploma of Graphic Design or
  • Submission of a portfolio which provides evidence of your ability to apply visual communication history and theory to own professional practice, produce professional typography, produce graphic designs for two dimensional and three dimensional applications and create and manipulate graphics and design complex publication layouts
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)
3 days a week, usually Wednesday to Friday.

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

  • $200.00 approximately for art materials
  • $50 contribution for participation in Graduate Exhibition

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).
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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 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 (CUA60320)
    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 6 core units and 9 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
    Collaborate in professional creative projects 50
    Engage in the business of graphic design 75
    Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief 65
    Extend typographic design expertise 60
    Manage design realisation 60
    Originate graphic designs for complex briefs 75


    Name Nominal Hours
    Create multiplatform advertisements for mass media 40
    Design innovative products 50
    Develop and apply knowledge of communications industry 40
    Develop and execute advertising concepts 55
    Develop graphic designs for packaging 65
    Develop graphic designs for the built environment 55
    Extend expertise in specialist creative fields 45
    Realise a body of creative work 80
    Refine 3-D design ideas and processes 70
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