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Graphic Design

Graphic Design is an art that combines visual communication and problem solving

Our graphic design and printing and graphic arts programs simulate the real world, which means you will receive project briefs directly from clients with visual communication requirements. All units focus heavily on the practical nature of design and replicate a real design workplace by using Mac computers and Adobe Creative Cloud software.

All courses are geared to industry needs and by the end of your studies, you will have developed a folio that will be your passport to future employment. Our industry trained staff will ensure the design solutions you present are relevant, as you develop an understanding of digital and print production, copyright legalities and how to run your own design business.

Our educational outcomes have been refined by industry panels consisting of local Perth studios and agencies, and are cross-checked by members of the peak industry representative body, The Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).

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

  • Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design  CUA60315 | AZL7

Adobe Certified Associate Program

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The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification allows you to demonstrate proficiency in Adobe digital communications tools.

We offer training and testing in:

  • Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe® Illustrator® CC/CS6
  • Visual Communication Using Adobe® Photoshop® CC/CS6
  • Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe® InDesign® CC/CS6

This catalogue,Even Odds, showcases the work of our 2019 Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design graduates.

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National ID State ID Title Qualification level Study mode Campus
EAB09 Building an Online Business Profile Skill Set
Skill sets
Skill set On campus
Perth (Northbridge)
social, media, presence, copyright, the socials, SM, tools, Instagram, facebook, twitter, hootsuite, arts, games, digital, media, interactive,

Starting your career in screen and media or the arts? Or an ‘old hand’ looking to upskill?

This course will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Learn about copyright, permissions and unauthorised use of original works
  • Explore and test social media tools and applications
  • Get your hands dirty with blogs and vlogs
  • Develop and maintain an online profile for your business

Upon successful completion you will have an online profile that is up and running, adheres to copyright laws and is ready for professional use in industry.

 

CUA40715 AB15 Design (Graphic Design)
Certificate IV On campus
Perth (Northbridge)
TAFEADM, ab15, azn5, cua40715, CA38, CUV40311, TAFE04, G000000, Creative Industries, G000005, Graphic Design, 2D, 3D, Letterpress, typography, layout, fonts,logos, branding, interface,web design, digital illustration,

The umbrella of Graphic Design covers many diverse career possibilities

Our Certificate IV in Design (Graphic Design) is a foundation course that provides you with a broad understanding and experience of the graphic design discipline, including Corporate and Branding, Packaging, User Experience, Web/Interface and Environmental signage design to name but a few.

This qualification is weighted approximately 50/50 digital versus traditional, manual skills. We concentrate on solid software skills using industry-standard Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign in an environment that replicates a real industry setup. Our lecturers are hands-on and always present to help as the course is delivered using learning activities such as tutorials, design briefs and class discussions.

Some units concentrate on an introduction to web and interface design, while other units cover conceptual and creative thinking skills.

Graphic Designers communicate through images and words. The industry demands a mastery of typography and you will begin this journey by having fun combining digital techniques with traditional Letterpress to learn the basics. Our industry also demands drawing and sketching skills to convey concepts to both clients and fellow designers and our drawing unit lays the foundation for further development in digital illustration required in the Diploma and beyond.

Design is a process that combines elements into a workable solution whether it be a logo or an app interface and our concept development and ideation units have these foundation skills covered. Successful completion of this course will equip you with the skills needed to enter the Diploma of Graphic Design.

Gain these skills
  • Use layout, colour theory, harmony, contrast and balance to create 2D and 3D designs
  • Digital techniques and image editing
  • Illustration and drawing techniques
  • Typography
  • Preparing files for publication
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
CUA30715 AZN7 Design Fundamentals
Certificate III On campus
Perth (Northbridge)
TAFEADM, AZN7, cua30715, D663, CUV30311, TAFE04, G000000, Creative Industries, G000005, Graphic Design, G000004, Interior Design, G000010, Product Design, designer,

Start designing your creative career

This qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to create and communicate design concepts. You will learn how to evaluate design solutions and to communicate ideas effectively using design terminology and a wide variety of visual presentation techniques, materials and technologies.

Completing this course gives you a great foundation to go on to further study in a range of industries, such as interior design or product design.

Gain these skills
  • Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • Produce creative work including visual design components and combining complex images
  • Apply and use colour
  • Use a creative design process to produce 2D and 3D forms
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Creativity, imagination and artistic flair
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • An eye for detail
  • Good problem-solving skills

 

CUA50715 AZK6 Graphic Design
Diploma On campus
Perth (Northbridge)
TAFEADM, azk6, cua60715, D667, CUV50311, TAFE04, G000000, Creative Industries, G000005, Graphic Design, print, publications, press, digital, branding, campaign, printing, designer,

Complete this Diploma and you'll be well equipped to find employment with experience in running live briefs and advanced software skills

Study the Diploma of Graphic Design and you will develop advanced techniques in InDesign and Illustrator and use them to design annual reports, corporate identities, packaging and other press-ready artwork.
The Diploma also provides in-depth exposure to web design using WordPress, user interfaces, an introduction to game graphics using Unity and the current trend of UX Design (User Experience).

You will also learn 3D modelling using Trimble Sketchup to assist in visualising packaging, signage and concept art and bring them to life with Octane renderer. The Diploma course also gives you the opportunity to continue explorations into concept development, creative thinking, online social media advertising and digital illustration using Corel Painter.

We usually run several live briefs with external clients, mainly not-for-profit organisations, to replicate real client experiences. From this exposure you will also learn about the business aspect of graphic design.

The Diploma paves the way for the Advanced Diploma, and at Diploma level it is expected that you will work at a certain level of autonomy regarding research and time management. It is not uncommon for students at this level to gain employment in the industry, where you have access to workplace assessment or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Gain these skills
  • Design, manipulate and produce graphic designs for 2D and 3D applications using a variety of software
  • Client liaison, copyright/intellectual property, invoicing and networking
  • Present a body of creative work
  • Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
  • Build dynamic websites
  • Provide freelance services
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

 

CUA60315 AZL7 Graphic Design
Advanced Diploma On campus
Perth (Northbridge)
TAFEADM, azl7, cua60315, D652, CUV60411, TAFE04, G000000, Creative Industries, G000005, Graphic Design, typographic, branding, printing, branding, advertising, packaging, campaign, publication, digital, press,

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.

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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
SC-PIN-V1413 InDesign Introduction Short Course
Short course On campus
Perth (Northbridge)
Photoshop, graphics, graphics software, Adobe, page layouts, marketing materials, digital communications, publications, create documents, CS, Creative, Suite, Cloud, CC,

Bring together text and graphics with InDesign - the industry-standard publishing software

Learn the skills you need to develop and design creative promotional material such as flyers, pisters and brochures with this introductory InDesign course.

You'll cover the basics such as:

  • Creating documents
  • Presets
  • Styles
  • Swatches
  • Packaging
  • Printing

You'll also go over master pages, templates, document management, workflow, tables, interfacing with spreadsheets, forms and interactive buttons amongst other InDesign essentials.

You will need to bring along a thumb drive (2GB will be fine) for this course.

EAB05 Planning for a Micro Business Skill Set
Skill sets
Skill set On campus
Perth (Northbridge)
business, plan, arts, games, digital, media, interactive, business analysis, business idea, evaluate,

Starting your career in screen and media or the arts? Or an ‘old hand’ looking to upskill?

This course will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Analyse business information and opportunities
  • Consider digital technologies
  • Explore finance, taxation, insurance, regulations, compliance and risk minimisation
  • Develop an arts business idea
  • Evaluate an arts business idea
  • Prepare a business overview document for stakeholders, such as a business plan
  • Seek feedback from industry stakeholders for review

Upon successful completion you will have a business overview document based on your specific business idea that has received feedback and is ready for professional use in industry.

ICP31415 AZM0 Print Communications
Certificate III On campus
Online
Perth (Northbridge)
TAFEADM, azm0, azmo, icp31415, awf0, icp30115, TAFE04, G000000, Creative Industries, G000005, Graphic Design, graphic, logo, layouts, design concepts, digital, typography, packaging, Adobe, InDesign, Illustrator, PhotoShop, Acrobat, font, text, media, printing, advertising

Are you looking for a career in the graphic arts industry?

Gain practical skills producing artwork and layouts for production in print and electronic media, using the latest software and working to industry standards (Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro - Adobe Associate Certification available).

This course takes one year to complete, but North Metropolitan TAFE gives you the opportunity to complete the requirements to achieve the ICP40115 Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts at the same time, so you could come out with two qualifications and gain direct entry into the Diploma of Graphic Design.

Printing and graphic arts can be a pathway to any design field in the creative industries with further study.

Gain these skills
  • Create interactive documents
  • Corporate identity and logo design
  • Packaging design
  • Art work for advertising, magazines, newspapers and books
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Good eyesight and normal colour vision
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Enjoy technical work and have an interest in typography, art and design
  • Good attention to detail

 

ICP40115 AWA7 Printing and Graphic Arts
Certificate IV On campus
Online
Perth (Northbridge)
awa7, icp40115, TAFE04, G000000, Creative Industries, G000005, Graphic Design, print, printing, Media Design, digital design, Pre-Press, typography, imposition

Create diverse career options in design

Printing and graphic arts can be a pathway to any design field in the creative industries with further study.

Study the Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts and you'll learn to design layouts and assemble text and graphics into page formats for printing, apply solutions to a range of problems associated with the reproduction of images for the print medium, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources.

It is highly recommended that you have completed ICP31415 Certificate Ill in Print Communications (as it contains prerequisite units) before entering this course.

North Metropolitan TAFE gives you the opportunity to complete both the Certificate Ill and Certificate IV in one year, improving your job prospects as well as allowing you to gain direct entry into the CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design.

Gain these skills
  • Compose and evaluate typography
  • Develop detailed design concepts
  • Use software applications to create and produce digital designs
  • Generate complex imposition
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Good eyesight and normal colour vision
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Enjoy technical work and have an interest in typography, art and design
  • Good attention to detail

 

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