NEW! Dual Qualification - Diploma / Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
on the Sunshine Coast (One year full-time)


The course is fully funded under the Government VET STUDENT LOAN Scheme - No GAP FEE for Australian residents

You begin paying back your fees through your tax over a period of years once your income reaches a set level (currently approximately $53 000 per year)  There are other payment options - contact us for details.

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Graphic designers work with typography, graphics and images in a variety of formats ranging from clothing, magazines, web sites, advertising through to branding and packaging. Nearly every business you can think of has some need for a graphic designer. This program will help you develop a well-rounded knowledge about design, marketing, publishing and advertising fully preparing you to pursue a career in any of these fast-paced industries.

In your one year of study you will focus on preparing creative work, both hand rendered and computer generated, suitable for print. You'll learn about all aspects of design including digital graphics, print, pre-press, packaging, drawing, technical and commercial illustration, typography and multimedia creation.

You will also focus on professional web development. You'll use industry standard software including a variety of CMS software for building Content Management System websites and the Adobe Creative Suite software: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign  & Dreamweaver.

You'll also learn the professional skills you need to work successfully in any business environment including interpreting briefs, marketing strategies and project management.

You'll also benefit from close industry contact through site visits to professional design studios and guest specialists in class.

The number of graduates that find employment in the graphic design industry is evidence of the TAFE Queensland East Coast's success. The emphasis is on training employable graphic designers who can confidently take a brief, efficiently use industry standard software, and produce quality print and web solutions to a tight deadline.

Employment Pathways

Graphic design graduates find rewarding careers in the visual design industries, including print and corporate design, publishing and packaging, advertising and marketing, television and digital media.

Studying graphic design will provide professional creative opportunities both nationally and internationally. You will have rich opportunities to broaden and improve your employment prospects.

Study Pathways

The Diploma / Advanced Diploma will give you credit at University if you wish to go onto further study.

Assessment Information

Assessment occurs throughout the course through both practical and theoretical exercises. Assessment is competency based and you must complete all projects and assignments, written and/or practical, as set out within the unit study guides and workbooks. Most assessment pieces are practical in nature and simulate the type of work you will experience in industry settings.

Enrol now so TAFE Queensland East Coast can provide you with the skills necessary for a brilliant graphic design career.

 Further Information

Contact TAFE Queensland on the Sunshine Coast, Creative Team on 07 5457 1304.

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