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CUA60320 Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

CUA60320 Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

National ID CUA60320 State ID BGS1

Further develop your graphic design skills and get ‘industry-ready’

You can choose from two streams - User Experience Design or Illustration and you'll work on live briefs with real clients. During this course you will develop a stunning portfolio which culminates in the end-of-year grad show attended by industry stakeholders. All students become members of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).

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When Semester 1, 2024.

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Add to your palette of graphic design skills

The Advanced Diploma produces ‘industry-ready’ graduates. Throughout the year, you will develop a stunning portfolio, culminating in the end-of-year graduation show. 

The show is a highlight of the creative industry year and is attended by Perth’s best design agencies and studios, many of whom are North Metropolitan TAFE alumni. It is not uncommon for graduates to be offered employment on the night. 

In the Advanced Diploma you can choose from two streams - User Experience Design or Illustration (UX/UI). This means that although everyone does the common core units there is the opportunity to specialise and build a portfolio tailored to your preferred area of design. 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, along with our participation in Advertising Council Australia’s AWARD School, and the PADC Student Skulls. All students are eligible to become a member of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), the industry’s leading body. We also participate in the annual AGDA Folio Review, where students have the opportunity to get folio feedback direct from design professionals. We also facilitate industry visits and host expert guest speakers who share their views on the current and future picture of the creative industry. 

This course is demanding, but the rewards and satisfaction are great. Many of our graduates go on to enrol into a degree in design and receive advanced standing at all WA universities. We have study pathways and agreements with Curtin University. See the ‘Further Study’ section below for more details. 

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North Metropolitan TAFE is an "Educational Member" of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). This qualification is listed as a DIA recognised course(opens in a new tab) .
  • Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Extend typographic design expertise
  • Originate graphic designs for complex briefs

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  

Important information

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Semester 1, 2024


Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Perth
How On campus

Course fees

Indicative General fee $6,166.00
(Tuition fee* $5,211.00 + Resource fee $955.00 )

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822


National ID Unit title
CUAPPR612 Collaborate in professional creative projects
CUAGRD603 Extend typographic design expertise
CUAGRD612 Originate graphic designs for complex briefs
CUAGRD611 Engage in the business of graphic design
CUADES611 Manage design realisation
CUADES512 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
National ID Unit title
CUADIG512 Design digital applications
CUADIG516 Design interactions
CUADES601 Design innovative products
CUADES511 Implement design solutions
CUAGRD614 Develop and execute advertising concepts
CUAGRD615 Develop graphic designs for the built environment
CUAGRD616 Develop graphic designs for packaging
CUAGRD617 Develop graphic designs for branding and identity
CUAILL511 Develop professional illustrations
CUAILL512 Refine illustration techniques
BSBLEG525 Apply legal principles in intellectual property law matters

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This form is only for course enquiries. If you would like to apply, please refer to the Study options and next steps section above.

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