Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Jobs and Skills WA: Design courses
Want to see your work up in lights?

This course can get you seen on the world's biggest billboards, the top magazine covers and glamorous commercials!

Build on your graphic design skills with this industry-connected qualification, which will give you the high level skills required to establish and negotiate a design brief, manage design realisation and extend your design expertise to the top level. Jobs in this field are extremely competitive, but you'll have all the skills and knowledge you need to take your career to new heights. 

Please note: To do this course, you would be expected to have some existing skills and knowledge of graphic design and/or industry experience. 

Industry: Creative Industries
National course code: CUA60320 | WA State ID: BGS1

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If you would like further information such as when the course is available and how to enrol, and details of course fees, or if you have questions about how the course is delivered, please follow the Find out more link to go to the TAFE's website where you will find full course details and contact information so that you can speak to the TAFE directly.

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) .

The information presented on the course lists within this website is provided to the Department of Training and Workforce Development by the WA TAFE colleges and private training providers, and is offered as a guide only. It is updated regularly, however some changes to details may occur in between updates. You should always contact the TAFE or private training provider directly to confirm details and/or ask questions.