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Create your career by design

Embrace your creative side with this hands-on graphic design diploma. This comprehensive design course will provide you with the specialised skills and hands-on experience to flourish within the fast-paced world of graphic design. You will learn the professional skills necessary to work successfully in any business environment including interpreting briefs, marketing strategies and project management.

You will gain a diverse range of skills in technical and theoretical design principles and their application in everyday design. Expand on your creative talents through practical exercises in web design, photography, typography, branding, packaging, digital and online design, illustration and portfolio design, all while working in a collaborative, studio environment. You will have access to commercial grade studios and the opportunity to develop close industry contact through site visits to professional design studios.

Successful completion of this TAFE Queensland diploma will give you the skills you need to work individually or collaboratively as a graphic designer, multimedia designer or digital artist within the creative industries environment. Successful completion also provides great articulation opportunities into higher education courses.

We encourage our students to take advantage of our first-class facilities and produce personal projects throughout the course. We also bring in outside job opportunities that you can work on. These extra projects can all add to your end of year portfolio.  On graduation you’ll have an extensive portfolio, giving you a competitive advantage in the employment market.

Topics include:

  • creative thinking and sketching
  • colour psychology and application
  • advertising concepts and design
  • multi-page publication layouts
  • marketing campaign strategies
  • corporate ... identity collateral
  • typographic composition and manipulation
  • commercial illustration techniques
  • photo image acquisition, enhancement and manipulation
  • user interface design
  • portfolio and self-promotional production
  • commercial printing
  • laser etching and engraving
  • professional practice and industry networking

Software applications used:

  • Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Microsoft Office

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LOCATION/S

Gold Coast - Coomera

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DURATION

Full time: 12 months / 3 days per week

Course details

COST

  • Full Fee $15,210

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 Tahnee Dunn 

An open learning style that broadens your career horizons

I was really taken by the level of detail and the the number of exciting job opportunities that studying the Diploma of Screen and Media provides. I have long had a passion for script writing, however the example work our teachers provided us with opened my eyes to other areas of interest such as lighting and screenplay. Furthermore, studying alongside like-minded people and the way in which TAFE Gold Coast facilitates a more open style of learning, has broadended my horizons and strengthened my options within the industry.

Tahnee Dunn 
Diploma of Design, Media and Screen

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This location is the quintessential home for the creators, innovators, entertainers and movie makers. This $26 million state-of-the-art facility offers the best possible creative learning experience in the region. State-of-the-art technologies such as sound recording and music rehearsal studios, digital video and editing suites and 3D motion capture and production control facilities.

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Key dates

LOCATION START DATE WORKLOAD DELIVERY
Gold Coast - Coomera 31 Jan 2018 Full time / 3 days per week Classroom

Entry requirements

To enter 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
  • completion of Year 12 or equivalent
  • mature aged students who are unable to provide a copy of their Year 12 certificate must submit a detailed work history or resume prior to enrolment.

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

Applicants will be required to submit an application in the form of a portfolio with a minimum of 6 items demonstrating evidence of the entry requirements. Portfolio must be submitted in electronic form to gdportfolio.goldcoast@tafe.qld.edu.au.

VET Student Loan (VSL) - All applicants enrolling into this Diploma using the VET Student Loan option must provide a copy of their Year 12 certificate or an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 4 qualification or above issued in Australia.  Applicants that are not able to produce a copy of this document are required to complete the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) test before enrolment.

Location/s

Gold Coast - Coomera
198 Foxwell Road
Coomera QLD 4209

Resources required

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast will provide design students access to:

  • Digital printer and photocopier (pay per use)
  • Commercial printing facilities: Roland wide format printer (stickers/vinyl/posters)
  • Trotec laser cutting and engraving machine
  • Computer Labs: high-end Apple Mac workstations and PC's
  • Wacom Intuos4 tablets: One for each student in class
  • Wacom Cintiq graphic pen tablet: In the Design classroom
  • Onsite Library: Housing an extensive design reference section PLUS the availability of video/digital cameras for loan
  • Learning Management System – Connect: Access to course material anytime anywhere.
  • Lynda.com: Access to 24 hour online training
  • Learning environment - classrooms, drawing rooms, tables, chairs, white boards, overhead projectors
  • Collaborative learner spaces.

It is suggested students purchase the following resources:

  • Student subscription to Adobe Creative Suite.
  • 1 x external hard drive to store/backup all class project files and learning resources.
  • Personal stationery.

Textbooks, if required, are not included in the program fees.

Timetable

Full-time classes are held on Wednesday 9.00am-4.00pm, Thursday 8.00am-3.00pm, Friday 8.00am-12.15pm for 12 months at Coomera, A Block, Level 4, Room A.04.009.  Timetable subject to change.

Students are taught in a simulated workplace environment learning design skills and techniques with industry-standard applications and applying these skills in individual and group based collaborative projects. Teaching and learning resources include: study guides, journals, textbooks, CD's and DVD's, and software application tutorials.

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Graphic Design Industry Showcase held on the completion of their diploma to exhibit their portfolio to design industry contacts.

The notional duration of the course in hours is:

Supervised: 640 hours
Non-supervised: 560 hours
Volume of learning: 1200 hours

Non-supervised activity will involve the student:

  • undertaking self-paced study, assignment and assessment
  • undertaking research on graphic design trends and technologies
  • undertaking research, reflection and the generation and refinement of ideas to engage the design process
  • continually improve computer skills using graphic design industry software
  • undertaking field work relating to assignments
  • collection and analysis of design theory and practice related data
  • analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions
  • build and apply skills and knowledge acquired through personal or work experience
  • consulting / networking with organisation and subject matter experts

Assessment methods and tools include: Written tasks (design brief, tests, questions, assignments), group work (client briefs/design briefs), project (work-based assignment/research project), and simulated or workplace performance (practical demonstration, direct and or indirect evidence portfolio).

Important Information

Course commencement is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.

Units

To achieve this qualification students must successfully complete 19 units, 9 core and 10 electives.

Semester 1
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE STREAM
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts Elective Visual Design Concepts
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools Core Visual Design Concepts
CUAGRD504 Create and manipulate graphics Core Visual Design Concepts
CUAGRD501 Research visual communication history and theory Core Typography
CUAGRD503 Produce typographic design solutions Core Typography
CUADIG403 Create user interfaces Elective Interface Design
CUADIG502 Design digital applications Elective Interface Design
CUADIG304 Create visual design components Elective Branding and Identity
BSBDES501 Implement design solutions Elective Branding and Identity
BSBADV509 Create mass print media advertisements Elective Branding and Identity
Semester 2
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE STREAM
BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief Elective Promotion
BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice Core Promotion
CUAGRD502 Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications Core Promotion
CUAACD506 Refine 2D design ideas and processes Elective Layout and Composition
CUAGRD505 Design and manipulate complex layouts Core Layout and Composition
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work Core Showcase
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work Elective Showcase
CUAGRD506 Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs Core Industry
CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge Elective Industry

Disclaimer

Not all electives available at all campuses

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  • Read here for further information about VET Student Loans.
  • VET Student Loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements.
  • VET Student Loans give rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

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VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Subsidised

The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Concession

You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

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Payment options explained

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, or just want someone to talk it over with, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.

Outcome

This course is designed to assist students in gaining employment in the graphic design, illustration, advertising and marketing media industries, either as a freelancer or in a small to large advertising studio/agency.

Upon completion of this qualification students may seek careers in:

  • Graphic design
  • Typography
  • Print and pre-press output
  • Publication and layout design
  • Corporate in-house design
  • Brand development
  • Packaging design
  • Web/Online Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Photo Re-toucher/Enhancer
  • Signage and 3D applications
  • Fashion applications

Job prospects

  • Type Setter
  • Graphic Pre-Press Trades Worker
  • Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Trainee Sign Writer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Page Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Screen Print Designer
  • Photo Re-toucher/Enhancer
  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Creative Entrepreneur
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Digital Artist

University pathways

A course with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast can be a great path to university. In many cases, you can save up to one year from your university qualification.

Read our University Pathways guide to learn all about it.

 Tahnee Dunn 

An open learning style that broadens your career horizons

I was really taken by the level of detail and the the number of exciting job opportunities that studying the Diploma of Screen and Media provides. I have long had a passion for script writing, however the example work our teachers provided us with opened my eyes to other areas of interest such as lighting and screenplay. Furthermore, studying alongside like-minded people and the way in which TAFE Gold Coast facilitates a more open style of learning, has broadended my horizons and strengthened my options within the industry.

Tahnee Dunn 
Diploma of Design, Media and Screen

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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http://tafegoldcoast.edu.au/study-with-us/career-changers-jobseeker/recognition-prior-learning

Orientation

Registration will begin at 8.30am for a 9.00am start and conclude at 2.00pm on Wednesday 24 January 2018 at Coomera, A Block, Level 1, Room A.01.053 (Main Auditorium)

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 10 January 2018

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