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).
North Metropolitan TAFE is an Educational Member of DIA. This qualification is listed as a DIA recognised course on their website Opens in a new window.
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design CUA60315 | AZL7
Adobe Certified Associate Program
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
Graphic Designers communicate through images and wordsThis foundation course provides you with a broad understanding of graphic design. You'll gain a variety of skills to create 2D and 3D designs, including using industry-standard software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign in an environment that replicates a real industry setup.
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.
Start designing your creative careerThis course will give you the practical skills and knowledge to create and communicate design concepts and you'll have a great foundation to go on to further study in a range of industries, such as interior design or product design.
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.
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).
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(opens in a new tab) .
Develop advanced software skills and get experience in running live briefsYou'll develop advanced techniques in InDesign and Illustrator and use them to design press-ready artwork and learn 3D modelling using Trimble Sketchup. You'll also get in-depth exposure to web design, user interfaces, an introduction to game graphics and the current trend of UX Design (User Experience). We usually run several live briefs with external clients to replicate real client experiences.
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).
Bring together text and graphicsGet creative with this hands-on course that will give you the basic skills in developing marketing and communications promotional materials using InDesign.
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, posters and brochures with this introductory InDesign course.
You'll cover the basics such as:
- Creating documents
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.
Gain the skills to start a career in the graphic arts industry and get Adobe Associate CertificationThis practical course will give you skills in producing artwork and layouts for production in print and electronic media. You will learn to create interactive documents, corporate identities and design logos, packaging and artwork for advertising, magazines, newspapers and books.
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(opens in a new tab) 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.
A pathway to any design fieldThis course is a continuation of ICP31415 Certificate Ill in Print Communications and you'll learn to design layouts and assemble text and graphics into page formats for printing.
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.