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Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

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National ID: CUA60315 | State ID: AZL7

Add to your palette of graphic design skills

The Advanced Diploma will make you ‘industry-ready’ and during the course you will develop a stunning portfolio which culminates in the end-of-year grad show. Our grad show is the highlight of the year and is attended by industry stakeholders, many of whom are alumni who are now leading the industry.

You can choose from two streams - User Experience Design or Illustration. This means that although everyone does the common core units there is the opportunity to specialise in electives. Our industry consultation outlines the demand for illustrative design as well as a more User Experience/ User Interface approach.

We integrate live briefs with real clients. An example of the high standard of work our students produce is our involvement with the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) where our students have won international awards and our participation in Award School. All students become members of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), the industry’s leading body.

We also host the annual AGDA folio review where feedback is received from industry members in how to best structure your portfolio. In addition to this we conduct industry visits and host guest speakers who shed light on the latest trends in our industry.

This course is demanding, but the rewards and satisfaction are great. Many of our graduates go on to enrol into a degrees in design and receive advanced standing at all WA universities. We have pathways and agreements with Curtin University in particular.


North Metropolitan TAFE is an Educational Member of DIA. This qualification is listed as a DIA recognised course on their website.

Gain these skills
  • Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Extend typographic design expertise
  • Originate graphic designs for complex briefs
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • A strong visual focus and creative flair
  • Able to think laterally and come up with creative solutions
  • Able to work well under pressure
  • Able to work to tight deadlines

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  • Packaging designer
  • Advertising designer
  • Illustrative designer
  • Corporate designer
  • Web and multimedia designer
  • Graphic design assistant

For information about jobs and pathways, please see joboutlook.gov.au

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Course Overview

WhereNorthbridge Building 6

One year (2 semesters) after completion of Diploma.

WhenWas available Semester 1, 2018
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Local full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by NMT to be used by students during the course.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.


International Students

Check TAFE International WA to confirm this course is available to international students. You will pay your tuition fees to TIWA.



Core Units - Common to both streams

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Engage in the business of graphic designCUAGRD601AWI90
Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practiceCUAPPR504AWH21
Establish, negotiate and refine a design briefBSBDES502AUM32
Extend typographic design expertiseCUAGRD603AWI86
Manage design realisationBSBDES601AUH06
Originate graphic designs for complex briefsCUAGRD602AWI85
Undertake project workBSBPMG522AUI91

Elective Unit - User Experience Stream

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Build advanced user interfaceICTPRG505AUV68
Design interactionCUADIG506AWJ23

Elective Units - Common to both streams

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Design digital applicationsCUADIG502AWJ28
Develop and execute advertising conceptsCUAGRD604AWI89
Develop graphic designs for branding and identityCUAGRD607AWI84
Develop graphic designs for packagingCUAGRD606AWI87
Develop graphic designs for the built environmentCUAGRD605AWI88
Manage intellectual property to protect and grow businessBSBIPR501AUI50

Elective Units - Illustration Stream

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Develop professional illustrationsCUAILL501AWI77
Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation toolsCUAACD601AWK14
How to apply

Visit our Apply and Enrol page to find out how to apply for full-time, part-time or online courses.

International students please view your application process here.

For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

For all other enquiries please call us on 1300 300 822 or email: enquiry@nmtafe.wa.edu.au

Please note, fees are subject to change.

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