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Bachelor of Graphic Design

Course duration
2 years full-time or 4 years
part-time* (*Additional credit
awarded for completion of
Advanced Diploma of
Graphic Design)

St Leonards Campus
Hornsby Campus


Start date
20 February 2017

Apply by
Applications closed

Course Brochure

TAFE NSW Northern Sydney and the University of Canberra (CRICOS: 00212K) have developed a unique pathway that provides a seamless transition from a Diploma or Advanced Diploma to the Bachelor of Graphic Design (CRICOS: 071398G).

The degree is an innovative course with a focus on the creative analysis, interpretation and visualisation of ideas and information in all media forms. It centres around authentic design activities which address problems in contemporary society.

The program adopts an integrated approach, combining history, theory and practice within a highly engaging studio-based environment.

You’ll gain an understanding of design practice from both local and global perspectives, and you’ll build a strong foundation in design principles.

Why study with us?

Here’s just a few of the things that makes the course exceptional:

  • Guaranteed small class sizes mean more discussion time and personalised attention
    from teaching staff.
  • All teachers have postgraduate qualifications in their subject area and work closely with the University of Canberra to teach and assess the degree material.
  • The University of Canberra is ranked in the top 4% of universities in the world.
  • ‘UC Creative Arts graduates earn the highest starting salaries in the country*’ (*According to the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT), 2015

Career opportunities

You’ll gain the knowledge and expertise to work in a wide variety of contexts and media including print, packaging, video, environmental, web and interface for desktop and mobile platforms. You could pursue a career in:

  • Design
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Film and television
  • Web development
  • Communication

Need to know

Information session dates

Information sessions will be scheduled during the year. Please contact us or check this page for new dates and times.


Full-time: 12 hours per week face-to-face

Part-time study options are also available

Course structure

Check out our Course Brochure (PDF, 714KB) for an overview of the modules in this course

Course fees and fee-help information

The cost of the degree component of the pathway is available online at You may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place and HECS-HELP for this program.

For International Students the cost of the degree is $30,450 per year. (Disclaimer: Fees are subject to change)

For further information on fees and fee assistance please contact the University of Canberra on 1800 864 226.


Entry requirements

Entry to the Bachelor of Graphic Design is open to students who have successfully completed the Diploma of Graphic Design or the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design.

You need to have completed a minimum of 12 months TAFE study to be eligible for the degree pathway.


How to apply

Applications Semester 1, 2017 are now closed. Contact us for more information about future intake dates.


Development programs

A number of opportunities exist for our higher education students outside their regular studies. For more information, check out our Development programs page.


In 2016, TAFE NSW Northern Sydney launched Enactus, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Check out to find out more and see some of the amazing projects that they’ve already helped to accomplish in Australia and around the world.

As a higher education student you can apply to become a member of the Enactus team. By joining Enactus you will develop the kind of teamwork, leadership and communication skills that can only come from real life experiences.

International study opportunities

UC offers Faculty Led Programs for students, which are short term programs run over 2-5 weeks, designed and led by UC Faculty Members specifically for UC degrees. They function like an international field trip as part of a UC unit.

Visit the University of Canberra’s page to find out more about Faculty Led Programs and other short term programs available at UC.


What our students say

Christina Maresca

I decided to enrol in a graphic design course at the TAFE NSW Northern Sydney to see how I would like it and I ended up loving it so much I went on to study the Bachelor of Graphic Design.

I love how a single concept or sketch can develop into so much more. I am particularly interested in branding, as I really enjoy creating simple graphics that help to communicate what a brand is all about.

Christina Maresca
Bachelor of Graphic Design Graduate

Any questions?

TAFE NSW Northern Sydney

Phone: 02 9472 1204 or 131 674

University of Canberra

Phone: 1800 864 226 (free call in Australia)