About the course

About the course

This course in printing and graphic arts is for those keen to enter the printing and design industry with a focus on digital print.

You'll be equipped with entry level skills and knowledge leading to career outcomes in a range of employable avenues such as digital/desktop publishing, signage, commercial printing and packaging with opportunities to continue your studies in related fields.    

Over a series of weeks you will undertake simulated industry projects, providing you with a hands on approach from experienced industry professionals enabling you to develop an impressive portfolio to show employers.

You will gain the skills to design, layout materials, proofread and engage with commercial printers to meet briefs. On completing the course, you will also gain credits towards a traineeship or secure an apprenticeship.

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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February, July and September

Full time: 6 months (this course will begin with online/remote delivery and then move into face to face delivery Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6pm - 9pm)

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion, you may apply for career opportunities in the print sector such as digital/desktop publishing, signage, commercial printing and packaging.

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Entry Requirements

You must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • have successfully completed year 11
  • or be mature age 


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

The Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Art (General) can pathway into a traineeship, apprenticeship or related field of study.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 2

Fees & Finance Options

Government Subsidised Place

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Free TAFEGovernment Subsidised ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$124$620$7,995
Service Fee$160$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80$80
Material Fee$354$354$354$354
Retain Course Items$0$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$594$718$1,214$8,589
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$594$718$1,214$8,589

* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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