Diploma of Graphic Design

Jobs and Skills WA: Graphic design courses
Time to illustrate your superstar graphic design career!

If you're ready to take your graphic design talent to the next level, this qualification will build your skills in design software and specialised programs to design complex items such as  annual reports, signage; corporate branding and identities, advertising campaigns, product packaging, advertorial brochures, and other press ready artwork. You'll also gain skills in graphic design for web and online application including user interfaces, game graphics and UX design.

You'll also learn 3D modelling to assist in visualising packaging, signage and concept art and bring them to life; and explore concept development, creative thinking, social media advertising and digital illustration — all using current industry standard software and programs. Last but not least, you'll learn how to solve visual communication challenges and gain experience in the business aspects of graphic design such as copyright, intellectual property, invoicing and networking; and much more!

Industry: Creative Industries
National course code: CUA50720 | WA State ID: BGU2

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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 and Squarespace platforms, user interfaces and app development using Figma, 2D motion graphics using After Effects and the current trend of  UX/UI 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 Blender 3D and Adobe Stager

The Diploma course also gives you the opportunity to continue more advanced explorations into concept development, creative thinking, online social media advertising and digital illustration using our iPad and ProCreate lab. 

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 in the freelance cluster of units. 

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).

When you complete this course, you will be ready for a career in the Graphic Design industry. You will have the skills and knowledge to combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges. Graphic designers work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media. At this level, you may end up working in junior or generalists roles, applying skills and knowledge relevant to areas from advertising and promotion, art direction, branding, corporate identity, instructional design, packaging, signage to web design. You will also be introduced to taking your first steps towards working freelance in the Graphic Design industry. As well as providing an opportunity for gaining employment, this qualification also provides a pathway towards higher level learning at advanced diploma and degree qualifications.

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.