Design your own creative career with our Diploma of Graphic Design course. In this course, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge required to become a successful graphic designer. With this qualification, you can work for yourself or work for others in advertising, publishing, industrial design or in house for companies in a wide variety of industries such as architecture, marketing and branding.

In this course you’ll learn design principles and elements, typography, technical drawing, digital image development and illustration and design for web environments. Your major studies will include:

  • 2D and 3D design
  • typography
  • page layout
  • drawing
  • illustration
  • digital image editing
  • work placement
  • copyright
  • design history and practice
  • user interface design

National Code CUA50715
CRICOS Code 093399B
Study Areas Art & Design
Study Level Diploma
Course Type International TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
International Fee $16,000.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $675.20
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, 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).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 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.

A minimum IETLS overall score of 5.5 (Academic) with no band less that 5.0.

A minimum TOEFL score of 530 for paper examination; 179 for computer based and 71 for Internet based. 

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.

January and July

Full time: 1 year 

Box Hill

You must have:

We offer pathways into this course via the Certificate IV in Design if you do not meet the entry requirements.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE 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.

Successful completion will enable you to apply for:

Direct entry. See how to apply or contact the international office.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

After successful completion, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to apply for employment opportunities such as but not limited to:

  • graphic designer
  • graphic artist for print shops
  • design agencies
  • design studios
  • your own freelance business.

It is recommended to continue your studies in the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design to ensure the best chance of gaining employment in this field.

This course is comprised of 19 units (9 core and 10 elective) delivered over two semesters, with 6 or 7 subjects per semester.

Last updated: February 18, 2019 02:07pm