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Diploma of Graphic Design

National ID: CUA50720 | State ID: BGU2

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, user interfaces, 2D motion graphics using After Effectsand the current trend of UX 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 some Blender 3D. The Diploma course also gives you the opportunity to continue 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.

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).

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Graphic Design Assistant

Other job titles may include:

  • Web and Multimedia Design Assistant

Further Study Option(s)

 Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

National ID: CUA60320 | State ID: BGS1

Add to your palette of graphic design skills

The Advanced Diploma will make you ‘industry-ready’ and during the course you will develop a stunning portfolio which culminates in the end-of-year grad show. Our grad show is the highlight of the year and is attended by industry stakeholders, many of whom are alumni who are now leading the industry.

You can choose from two streams - User Experience Design or Illustration. This means that although everyone does the common core units there is the opportunity to specialise in electives. Our industry consultation outlines the demand for illustrative design as well as a more User Experience/ User Interface approach.

We integrate live briefs with real clients. An example of the high standard of work our students produce is our involvement with the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) where our students have won international awards and our participation in Award School. All students become members of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), the industry’s leading body.

We also host the annual AGDA folio review where feedback is received from industry members on how to best structure your portfolio. In addition to this, we conduct industry visits and host guest speakers who shed light on the latest trends in our industry.

This course is demanding, but the rewards and satisfaction are great. Many of our graduates go on to enrol into a degrees in design and receive advanced standing at all WA universities. We have study pathways and agreements with Curtin University in particular, see the Further Study section below for details.

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Graphic Designer

Other job titles may include:

  • Packaging designer
  • Advertising designer
  • Illustrative designer
  • Corporate designer
  • Web and multimedia designer
  • Graphic design assistant

Further Study Option(s)

North Metropolitan TAFE has an articulation agreement with Curtin University, which means your Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design can give you up to 400 credits in Curtin's Bachelor of Design, Graphic Design Major.

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

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Certificate IV in Design (Graphic Design)

National ID: CUA40720 | State ID: AC92

The umbrella of Graphic Design covers many diverse career possibilities

Our Certificate IV in Design (Graphic Design) is a foundation course that provides you with a broad understanding and experience of the graphic design discipline, including Corporate and Branding, Packaging, User Experience, Web/Interface and Environmental signage design to name but a few.

This qualification is weighted approximately 50/50 digital versus traditional, manual skills. We concentrate on solid software skills using industry-standard Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign in an environment that replicates a real industry setup. Our lecturers are hands-on and always present to help as the course is delivered using learning activities such as tutorials, design briefs and class discussions.

Some units concentrate on an introduction to web and interface design, while other units cover conceptual and creative thinking skills.

Graphic Designers communicate through images and words. The industry demands a mastery of typography and you will begin this journey by having fun combining digital techniques with traditional Letterpress to learn the basics. Our industry also demands drawing and sketching skills to convey concepts to both clients and fellow designers and our drawing unit lays the foundation for further development in digital illustration required in the Diploma and beyond.

Design is a process that combines elements into a workable solution whether it be a logo or an app interface and our concept development and ideation units have these foundation skills covered. Successful completion of this course will equip you with the skills needed to enter the Diploma of Graphic Design.

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Junior Graphic Design Assistant

Further Study Option(s)

Diploma of Graphic Design

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

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Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Game Art & Design)

National ID: CUA60620 | State ID: AC85

Let your artistic skills take you to the next level

Game artists build the environmentscharacters and the vehicles/props for games.

As well as providing hands-on artistic and technical training in game art, this Advanced Diploma delves into designing games and scripting game interactions. You'll benefit from our strong industry connections and have the opportunity to showcase your work to many of the largest studios in Perth at the end of year Expo. By the end of this course you'll have created a showreel of work and produced a game of your own.

You will be equipped to be competitive in the global market, using the same software and work practices employed by top games and animation studios all over the world.

Gain these skills

The course is 100% practical and you will develop your creative abilities in:

  • 3D character modelling, texturing and rigging
  • Environment and prop creation
  • Concept art
  • Level design and gameplay
  • Game scripting and interactivity
  • Software including Autodesk Maya, Unity, Pixologic Zbrush, Substance Painter and Designer and Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Electronic Game Developer

Other job titles may include:

  • Games Designer
  • Games Artist
  • Level Designer
  • 3D Modeller
  • Animator
  • Technical Artist
  • Gameplay Programmer

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

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Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Digital Art & Animation)

National ID: CUA60620 | State ID: AC84

This Advanced Diploma qualification is art-focussed and provides you with high-end practical skills in concept art3D modellinganimation and rigging. Classes cover concept design and pre-viz to modelling, rigging, texturing, and 2D and 3D animation. By the end of the course you will have created a showreel of work, and a short animated film.

After completing this course you'll be equipped to be competitive in the global market, using the same software and work practices employed by top animation, VFX and games studios all over the world.

Gain these skills

This course is 100% practical and you will develop your creative abilities in:

  • Concept art and visual development
  • 3D character modelling, texturing and rigging
  • CG Lighting and Cinematography
  • 2D and 3D character animation
  • Short film production
  • Software including Maya, Toon Boom Harmony, Zbrush, Unreal Engine, Adobe Substance 3D Painter, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Game and Multimedia Developers

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

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Certificate III in Visual Arts

National ID: CUA31120 | State ID: BGV9

Let your creativity flow!

North Metro offers a wide range of creative industry courses which will equip you with the skills you'll need to excel in your future professional practice as an artist or craft maker. Our visual art and craft qualifications provide you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

Through this course you'll learn how to create two and three dimensional forms in a variety of visual arts areas. This course will help you visualise, develop and present ideas and images. You'll develop skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, textiles and design.

Your Certificate III in Visual Arts gives you the skills to begin an exciting career in art or for further study in visual art at North Metropolitan TAFE.

 Gain these skills

  • Design and produce paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and electronic art
  • Experiment with materials and techniques
  • Develop knowledge of art history and theory
  • Understand current art issues and trends

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Visual Artist

Other job titles may include:

  • Ceramics Studio Assistant 

Further Study Option(s)

 Certificate IV in Visual Arts

 Diploma of Visual Arts

Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

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Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

National ID: CUA60720 | State ID: BGV3

Prepare for professional practice as a contemporary artist or designer

During this course you'll explore, practice and demonstrate what it is to be a creative practitioner and gain the skills and knowledge required to be self-sufficient upon graduation.

This course brings together lecturers and students from disciplines in:

  • visual art

  • jewellery 

  • product design

and is designed for artists and designers who are seeking to refine skills and knowledge in an holistic studio environment.

You'll develop your own project proposals in one of these three specialisations and work closely with our lecturers and technicians to explore your ideas and bring your visions to life. At the end of the Advanced Diploma of Visual Art you are invited to participate in a graduation exhibition which is renowned nationally for showcasing some of the WA’s best emerging artists and designers.

You will study in our purpose-built art and design facilities and have access to broad range of industry standard equipment and materials. North Metropolitan TAFE’s reputation for producing outstanding graduates is built on over 100 years of high-quality Art and Design training in Western Australia.

As a visual artist or designer, you may choose to develop your own independent practice, seek employment opportunities within specific creative industries or explore other opportunities, such as internships or residencies, that will further focus and extend your creative practice. Visual artists and designers possess transferable ‘creative skills’ that can be applied within a variety of professional contexts and that allow for interdisciplinary collaborations across existing and emerging industries. Career opportunities for artists and designers exist across a broad range of arts, government and commercial organisations.

This course is only offered in semester one of each year.

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Visual Artist

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

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Diploma of Visual Arts

National ID: CUA51120 | State ID: BGR9

Take your art to a higher level

This course will develop your skills and knowledge in selected areas of visual art and craft, with options to focus on painting, print media, ceramics, sculpture and digital art. You'll refine these skills in studio classes designed to bring your ideas into reality.

This diploma will enable you to take on complicated art projects with a developed skill set and knowledge of various materials and mediums.

Our art and craft facilities are purpose built to a high standard of equipment and facilities. Students also benefit from the close proximity to the Perth Cultural Centre which is home to the Art Gallery of WA, PICA and many other smaller galleries.

A successful career in visual arts will require you to promote yourself and look outside the square when it comes to gaining employment. You can work on small or large scale public art projects or work as a freelance artist. You can also combine your studies with other courses and become a teacher or work in arts administration.

This course is only offered in semester one of each year.

 Gain these skills

  • Analyse cultural history and theory
  • Develop a sustainable professional practice
  • Establish and maintain a safe creative practice
  • Develop and create a body of work

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Visual Artist

Illustrator

Other job titles may include:

  • Printmaker 
  • Designer-Maker

Further Study Option(s)

 Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

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Certificate IV in Visual Arts

National ID: CUA41320 | State ID: BGR8

Add to your palette of visual arts and crafts skills in the cultural heart of the city

This course will give you an immersive visual arts experience, where you'll be able to explore a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and digital art. Plus you'll gain skills in contextual studies and safety and sustainability in the visual arts.

You'll study in our excellent art and craft facilities and benefit from our long history of delivering training in the creative industries.

If you start this course in semester two you will undertake an intensive delivery and complete the course in six months. The course content will be delivered over 4 days per week; you'll be required to attend classes three days a week on campus to complete practical units in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, and the fourth day will involve a mix of online learning, a virtual classroom and gallery or site visits for theoretical and digital art units.

On completion you can continue to develop your skills through a wide range of creative courses on offer at North Metropolitan TAFE.

 Gain these skills

  • Develop as an artist and discuss ideas for own creative work
  • Experiment with techniques to produce ceramics, drawing, paintings, prints, sculpture, photographic images
  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D and 3D forms
  • Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Visual Artist

Other job titles may include:

  • Studio Artist
  • Ceramic Artist

Further Study Option(s)

Diploma of Visual Arts

Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

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Certificate IV in Design (Jewellery Studio)

National ID: CUA40720 | State ID: AC95

Immerse yourself in this in-depth and contemporary studio-based jewellery design course

Gain the core skills and knowledge to design and fabricate jewellery. This course is taught in purpose-built facilities and specialised studios at our Northbridge Campus.

Gain these skills

  • Colour theory principles and design processes
  • Developing and refining illustrative work
  • Creating 2D and 3D forms
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Occupational health and safety

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Jeweller

Jeweller Designer

Other job titles may include:

  • Freelance Jewellery Designer

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

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