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Design your perfect career

Work with your employer and learn how to undertake design briefs and develop detailed concepts. We will teach you to edit images and apply knowledge to produce files for printing in a number of mediums. All while you progress through your apprenticeship to then becoming a qualified trade’s person. Course details

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South Bank

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Workplace: nominal duration 48 months

Course details

13 72 48

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Sarah Alder

I feel like I could do anything with my career

"When I graduated from the design course I felt like I could do anything and that my career possibilities were endless. I had the skills to work for myself. I could pursue freelance graphic design work from anywhere in the world."

Sarah Alder
Certificate IV in Design

Ten reasons to study at TAFE

Practical, hands-on classes combined with state-of-the-art facilities and purpose-built learning areas make us a standout amongst training providers. Better than that though, many of our facilities are acknowledged by industry as being amongst the best in Australia.

Course snapshot

Key dates

South Bank Any time Workplace

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland Brisbane is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service.


South Bank
Ernest Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.


Hours of study vary depending on your employment situation.

Important Information

Year 12 graduates: start trade training fee free, here’s how.

To be eligible to access fee-free training, you must:

  • have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or equivalent certification
  • enrol and start an apprenticeship, traineeship or training, with an approved training provider in a high priority qualification by the end of the calendar year following completion of Year 12
  • permanently reside in Queensland.

For more information call TAFE Queensland Brisbane on 13 72 48 or visit Training Queensland.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all units listed on your individual training plan.

ICPSUP260 Maintain a safe work environment Core
ICPSUP262 Communicate in the workplace Core
ICPSUP216 Inspect quality against required standards Core
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core
ICPDMT263 Access and use the internet Elective
ICPPRP211 Develop a basic design concept Elective
ICPPRP221 Select and apply type Elective
ICPPRP224 Produce pages using a page layout application Elective
ICPPRP225 Produce graphics using a graphics application Elective
ICPPRP386 Undertake digital proofing Elective
ICPPRP324 Create pages using a page layout application Elective
ICPPRP334 Prepare an imposition format for printing processes Elective
ICPKNW322 Develop knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry Elective
ICPPRP284 Produce PDF files for online or screen display Elective
ICPPRP321 Produce a typographic image Elective
ICPPRN389 Manage digital files Elective
ICPPRP396 Generate high-end PDF files Elective
Design Stream
ICPPRP311 Develop a detailed design concept Elective
ICPPRP325 Create graphics using a graphics application Elective
ICPDMT322 Edit a digital image Elective
ICPPRP411 Undertake a complex design brief Elective
Digital Stream
ICPPRN388 Preflight and import complex images for digital devices Elective
ICPPRN284 Use colour management systems Elective
ICPPRP397 Transfer digital files Elective
ICPPRN384 Set up and produce basic digital print Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

Eligible apprentices and trainees that meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal hour. For more information on the number of units funded for this course visit Queensland Training Information Services.

Nominal hours for each unit will be outlined in the agreed training plan, which will be provided to the employer and apprentice or trainee, at the time of induction.

Non-funded apprentices and trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. The student and employer contribution fee will be outlined in the training plan and agreed to, prior to the commencement of training.

Federal incentives may be available for employers, apprentices and trainees. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

Students are encouraged to view the TAFE Queensland's Student Fees policy prior to enrolment.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship, please give us a call.

Additional Costs

Students can access a range of print, copy, scan and fax services via MyPrint.


ICP31415 Certificate III in Print Communications

Job prospects

  • Graphic Pre-Press Trades Worker

Sarah Alder

I feel like I could do anything with my career

"When I graduated from the design course I felt like I could do anything and that my career possibilities were endless. I had the skills to work for myself. I could pursue freelance graphic design work from anywhere in the world."

Sarah Alder
Certificate IV in Design

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland Brisbane to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO). Contact the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network to organise your training contract, then give us a call.

If you aren't employed yet, contact Australian JobSearch or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 13 72 48 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

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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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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 13 November 2017

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