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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

Key dates and info

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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

Location Workload Delivery Key Date
South Bank, Brisbane Full Time Classroom 10/07/2017
29/01/2018
09/07/2018
29/01/2019
08/07/2019
28/01/2020
Nambour Full Time Classroom 10/07/2017
29/01/2018
16/07/2018
29/01/2019
15/07/2019
28/01/2020
Coomera Full Time Classroom 29/01/2018
16/07/2018
29/01/2019
15/07/2019
28/01/2020
13/07/2020
Toowoomba Full Time Classroom 29/01/2018
29/01/2019
28/01/2020

Entry requirements

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic 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 South Bank, Coomera and Toowoomba must submit a folio. Please contact us for details

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;

  • Please refer to Additional costs for Resources required for each location.

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.

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

South Bank, 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

Nambour

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

Coomera

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
CUAACD506 Refine 2D 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

Toowoomba

Elective Units
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
CUAPHI514 Prepare digital images for pre-press processing Elective
BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process Elective
BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development Elective
BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief Elective
CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice Elective
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts Elective
CUAILL401 Research and apply techniques for illustrative work Elective
SITXICT401 Build and launch a small business website Elective
CUAGRD607 Develop graphic designs for branding and identity Elective
BSBDES501 Implement design solutions 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
South Bank, Brisbane $16,000 1 Year
Nambour, East Coast $15,000 1 Year
Coomera, Gold Coast $14,100 1 Year
Toowoomba, South West $15,000 1 Year

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this course, that are not included in your tuition fees. All information on resources will be given at Orientation;

Nambour:

  • 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.

Coomera:

  • Student Subscription to Adobe Creative Suite
  • 1 x external hard drive to store/backup all class project files and learning resources
  • Textbooks, if required, are not included in the program fees

South Bank:

  • Stationery/media
  • Professional printing
  • Professional folio printing

Toowoomba:

  • Portable external hard drive (a USB memory stick will not be sufficient)
  • Student subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign installed on your home computer

Outcome

CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design 090470B

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

Application Process

Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited. Follow the steps below to apply to study at TAFE Queensland.

Before you apply

  1. Check the evidence required to apply for your visa

    Before you apply to study at TAFE Queensland, you should check what documents and evidence you will need to provide to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to support your visa application.

    How to check what evidence you will need to provide to obtain a visa:

    • Visit the Student Visa (subclass 500) page on the DIBP website
    • Scroll down to the Document Checklist Tool
    • Select the country listed on your passport
    • Enter 03020E in the Education Provider CRICOS code field
    • Answer the final question: I am one of the following
    • Click the Display Evidence button
    • Read through the Documentary Evidence List to find out what you will need to submit with your visa application

  2. Review Admissions criteria and key dates

    Some courses require you to meet additional entry requirements eg. Submit a portfolio or artwork with your application. Please check individual course requirements via the Course page.

  3. Prepare your certified supporting documents

    If you are an international student applying directly to TAFE Queensland, you will need to include certified copies of the following documents to support your application:

    • Copy of passport
    • Educational certificate and academic records
    • English language test results

  4. Applying as a mature aged student

    Mature age students (at least 21years of age and with work experience/other qualifications) may be admitted into a program without meeting the formal academic requirements.
    The following documentation is required to support your application:

    • Current CV
    • References on company letterhead from current or previous employers

    Where previous study/employment was conducted in English, submit a certified letter from the educational institution/employer confirming the language of instruction/employment was English.
  5. Under 18 students

    International student visa applicants under the age of 18 will only 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. For more information visit Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

  6. Submit your application

    Submit your application and supporting documents through TAFE Queensland's online application portal or through a TAFE Queensland Registered Agent who can guide you through the enrolment process.

    Receive your Letter of Offer

    Accepting your Letter of Offer

    Note the expiry date for acceptance.

    • Meet all conditions as outlined in your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read the International Student Refund Policy
    • Read the TAFE Queensland student rules
    • Pay the tuition fees as stated in your Letter of Offer
    • Pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as stated in your Letter of Offer, or arrange your own OSHC for the duration of your visa.

    Next Step

    Receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE -required for visa lodgement). You will use this document to apply for your student visa.

    Apply for your visa

    To apply for your student visa, visit the DIBP website and click Apply Now. Follow the steps to create your ImmiAccount and apply for your visa.

    Travel to Queensland and attend Orientation

    Once you have received your student visa, you can travel to Queensland ready to attend the TAFE Queensland International Orientation.

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

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. 

Last updated on 23 May 2017

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