Diploma of Graphic Design


Course Length

Full time:

18 months

Contact Hours

Full time:

2 days a week


Subsidised Standard:


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Shepparton - Archer Street

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode

On Campus

Course Overview

Consolidate your career as a Graphic Designer with the Diploma of Graphic Design.

Build strong technical expertise in finished art, and become a professional user of industry-standard software such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

You'll learn to create websites, page layouts, and typography according to a design brief, and will also fine-tune your skills in photography, 2D and 3D work, illustration, interactive graphics, and graphic design pre-press.

We also work with local industry and businesses to bring innovative and challenging projects to the classroom, so you have an opportunity to build your skill base on real-life projects with a range of requirements.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course will prepare you to work in the design industry as a fully qualified Graphic Designer.

Armed with advanced skills in design theory and practice, you'll have the opportunity to take your skills to any location as a freelancer, or work across a range of different industries as an in-house designer. Practitioners may work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in Graphic Design at an Advanced Diploma or university level.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Archer Street

Blended - Starts on 13/07/2021 - Tue, Thu (Wed - Benalla) - 8.30am to 5pm / 2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Blended - Starts on 13/07/2021 - Tue, Thu (Wed - Benalla) - 8.30am to 5pm / 2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $5,432.00

2. Full Fee: $12,768.00

Course Materials: $672.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements

To undertake this qualification, individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills and ability to:

  • Produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges
  • Produce typography that supports the overall design solution
  • Use graphic design industry software

Skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course.
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.
  • Present 8-10 examples of creative work at the interview stage.

It is also recommended that students possess a Certificate IV qualification (or equivalent vocational expertise) in graphic design or closely aligned discipline.

Course Study Units

Core Units
BSBDES403 - Develop and extend design skills and practice
CUAACD501 - Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAGRD501 - Research visual communication history and theory
CUAGRD502 - Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications
CUAGRD503 - Produce typographic design solutions
CUAGRD504 - Create and manipulate graphics
CUAGRD505 - Design and manipulate complex layouts
CUAGRD506 - Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs
CUAPPR503 - Present a body of own creative work
Elective Units
BSBDES402 - Interpret and respond to a design brief
BSBDES501 - Implement design solutions
CUAACD506 - Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAACD507 - Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
CUAACD512 - Work with photomedia in creative practice
CUADIG402 - Design User Interfaces
CUADIG405 - Produce Innovative Digital Images
CUAGRD603 - Extend Typographic Design Expertise
SITXICT401 - Build and launch a small business website

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical tasks
  • Projects
  • Demonstrations
  • Observation
  • Written tasks
  • Portfolios

Additional Information

Material fees apply to this program. Students are to supply their own basic tools and equipment (tape, glue, pencils etc). A list of these tools and equipment is supplied to students during the Pre-Training Review.

Course Co-ordinator

Craig Murphy

Attendance & Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face classes and participate in excursions or other organised activities.

Students will be enrolled in a minimum of 1120 hours for full-time training over an 18-month period. Students attend campus for classes 2 days per week, from 9am - 4/5pm. Part-time enrolment is available after consultation with the department, however preference is given to full-time students.

Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Student Support

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.


Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.