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Design your future with TAFE Queensland

Study in one of our cutting-edge Mac labs with all the latest industry-standard Adobe software.  Learn about all aspects of design including digital graphics, print, pre-press, packaging, drawing, technical and commercial illustration, typography, multimedia creation, web development, colour design and theory, photography, branding and copyright. You'll also learn the professional skills you need to work successfully in a business environment including interpreting briefs, marketing strategies and project management. In your final semester you’ll learn in a simulated design studio environment and complete site visits to professional design studios to prepare you for life in the industry. Course details

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LOCATION/S

Gold Coast - Coomera, Nambour, South Bank, Toowoomba

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 Katie Hagan

Diploma of Graphic Design

I fell in love with Australia when I first visited the country on a tourist visa four years ago. I realised there wouldn't be a better place to advance my education and marketing portfolio. I’ve previously worked in marketing but my dream job is to own my very own graphic design business. TAFE Queensland is helping me achieve my dreams by developing my understanding of several graphic design programs and by providing hands on training in several different print mediums. My teachers are leaders in their industry and provide practical training giving me valuable knowledge and skills I can use in my professional career.

Katie Hagan
Diploma of Graphic Design
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast



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Key dates

Provider CRICOS/RTO Code Program CRICOS Code Location Workload Delivery Key Date

TAFE Queensland East Coast 

CRICOS 02004B | RTO 0418

090467G Nambour Full Time Classroom 10/07/2017
29/01/2018
16/07/2018
29/01/2019
15/07/2019
28/01/2020

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

CRICOS 03037G | RTO 0083

090471A Coomera Full Time Classroom 03/07/2017
29/01/2018
16/07/2018
29/01/2019
15/07/2019
28/01/2020
13/07/2020

TAFE Queensland Brisbane

CRICOS 03020E | RTO 0275

090470B South Bank Full Time Classroom 10/07/2017
29/01/2018
09/07/2018
29/01/2019
08/07/2019
28/01/2020

Entry requirements

  • English Language Proficiency: IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.
  • All applicants to TAFE Queensland Brisbane and Gold Coast must submit a folio

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.  For more information visit Department of Immigration and Border Protection - Welfare Requirements For Student Visa Applicants Under 18.

Location/s

Gold Coast - Coomera
198 Foxwell Road
Coomera QLD 4209

Nambour
91 Windsor Road
Nambour QLD 4560

South Bank
Ernest Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Toowoomba
100 Bridge Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location;

TAFE Queensland East Coast:

A Kit list will be discussed in further detail at orientation. The cost of the Kit is approximately $270 AUD and this cost is not included in the total cost of the course.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast:

It is suggested students purchase the following resources:

  • Student Subscription to Adobe Creative Suite
  • 1 x external hard drive to store/backup all class project files and learning resources
  • Personal stationery.

Textbooks, if required, are not included in the program fees.

Support Services: TAFE Queensland Gold Coast undertakes a duty of care towards students and offers student support services.

TAFE Queensland Brisbane:

You will be provided with a list at Orientation of additional items you will be required to purchase. Items on this list will include:

  • Stationery/media
  • Professional printing
  • Professional folio printing

Timetable

Timetables may be available online or may be provided to you at your program orientation.

Your timetable may change every semester and you must be able to manage your commitments to ensure attendance at all your classes.

Timetables will be different across TAFE Queensland locations. This is an example of what a course timetable could look like -  

Monday and Tuesday 8.00 am - 4.45 pm and Wednesday 8.00 am - 12.00 pm.

Or

Wednesday and Thursday 8.00 am - 4.45 pm and Friday 8.00 am - 12.00 pm.

Placement

Some qualifications require students to participate in vocational placement to successfully complete and achieve their TAFE Queensland award. If vocational placement is a course requirement it will be organised by your School/Faculty and you will be provided with all the information you need to prepare. Remember you are responsible for ensuring you have met all the requirements to participate in vocational placement.

Confidentiality
During these placements, you may become familiar with information that is confidential to that workplace (for example financial or business affairs, personal affairs and family background of staff and clients, technical information, trade secrets, know-how, formulae, processes, ideas, and inventions). You must not divulge any confidential information that you become aware of during a placement. Breaches of confidentiality will be considered to be acts of behavioural misconduct and may result in disciplinary action.

Units

To achieve this qualification you will need to complete 19 units:
Core Competencies: 9
Elective Competencies: 10

TAFE Queensland International

Core Units
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice Core
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools Core
CUAGRD501 Research visual communication history and theory Core
CUAGRD502 Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications Core
CUAGRD503 Produce typographic design solutions Core
CUAGRD504 Create and manipulate graphics Core
CUAGRD505 Design and manipulate complex layouts Core
CUAGRD506 Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs Core
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work Core

TAFE Queensland East Coast

Elective Units
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
BSBDES501 Implement design solutions Elective
BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief Elective
ICPPRP422 Digitise complex images for reproduction Elective
SITXICT401 Build and launch a small business website Elective
BSBEBU502 Implement e-business solutions Elective
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work Elective
CUAGRD602 Originate graphic designs for complex briefs Elective
BSBDES601 Manage design realisation Elective
CUAGRD603 Extend typographic design expertise Elective
CUAGRD601 Engage in the business of graphic design Elective

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

Elective Units
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work Elective
CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge Elective
CUADIG502 Design digital applications Elective
CUADIG403 Create user interfaces Elective
CUADIG304 Create visual design components Elective
CUVACD506A Refine 2-D design ideas and processes Elective
BSBDES501 Implement design solutions Elective
BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief Elective
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts Elective
BSBADV509 Create mass print media advertisements Elective

TAFE Queensland Brisbane

Elective Units
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
BSBCRT301 Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills Elective
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts Elective
CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice Elective
CUAILL401 Research and apply techniques for illustrative work Elective
CUADIG502 Design digital applications Elective
SITXEBS003 Build and launch a small business website Elective
CUADIG403 Create user interfaces Elective
BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief Elective
BSBDES501 Implement design solutions Elective
CUADIG304 Create visual design components Elective

Disclaimer

Not all electives available at all campuses.

The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g.  partner visa, working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.

Costs

Location Cost Duration
Nambour, East Coast $15,000 1 Year
Coomera, Gold Coast $14,100 1 Year
South Bank, Brisbane $16,000 1 Year

Outcome

CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design

Job prospects

  • Graphic And Web Designers, And Illustrators
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Trainee Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Pre-Press Trades Worker
  • Trainee Sign Writer
  • Web Design
  • Web Page Designer
  • Advertising
  • Illustrator
  • Photo Re-toucher/Enhancer
  • Entry level computer layout and design skills person in a junior design role
  • Sign Writer
  • Design, Engineering, Science And Transport Professionals
  • Web Designer

University Pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Our pathway partners include:

 Katie Hagan

Diploma of Graphic Design

I fell in love with Australia when I first visited the country on a tourist visa four years ago. I realised there wouldn't be a better place to advance my education and marketing portfolio. I’ve previously worked in marketing but my dream job is to own my very own graphic design business. TAFE Queensland is helping me achieve my dreams by developing my understanding of several graphic design programs and by providing hands on training in several different print mediums. My teachers are leaders in their industry and provide practical training giving me valuable knowledge and skills I can use in my professional career.

Katie Hagan
Diploma of Graphic Design
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

Apply now

Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited!
Before you apply, make sure that you check that you meet the specific academic and language requirements for your chosen course.
The application process

To support your application, please supply your supporting documents.
These include:

Read the student rules and refund policy.

Enrolment

If your application is successful, we will send you an Offer of Place letter. To accept it and secure your place in your chosen program, you will need to:

After you have accepted your Offer of Place, you will receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and with your CoE you can apply for your student visa. You will need to arrange your student visa before you come to Australia.

Please note that International Orientation day is compulsory. Students must attend the International Orientation Day before commencing their studies with TAFE Queensland.

Orientation

At the beginning of each semester orientation events are hosted across TAFE Queensland locations.

TAFE Queensland recommends you arrive two weeks prior to your course start date to allow time to organise and settle into your accommodation and prepare for your studies.

International Orientation which is usually conducted the week before study commences will help answer many of your questions about studying with TAFE Queensland. This comprehensive orientation covers many important topics including

  • Living in Queensland and understanding our Australian culture

  • Accommodation

  • Banking

  • Transport

  • Student safety

  • Learning support

  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), insurance and medical needs

  • Student Support Services at TAFE Queensland Brisbane

Program specific orientations are also conducted one week prior to the start of study. This is an opportunity for you to meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule.

International Orientation details are emailed to you prior to commencing your studies or they can be accessed via the Orientation Schedule.

Last updated on 20 March 2017

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