Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Future Reference.
Well i only finished year 10 last year, and decided to do this course because i love design and the electives at school were pretty crap cause they didnt have many classes that had design. I really enjoy this course. I have no idea where im going to go next year. I was thinking about maybe applying for the Diploma Graphic Design course at kingscliff tafe next year, but im not so sure. Id rather be doing a course that is hands on like this one.  Im not sure if there is a diploma for just design. Im so so so confused with what i want to do, i might have a meeting with the careers counciler to discuss my options. I really have no idea, im not one for deciding.
After i see the careers counciler i might be able to write a better blog about it, cause i will have a better idea of the options i have.

Rachael-choosing a career path

When I finish the certificate 4 I would like to get into interior/exterior design or architecture design. I am more interested in interior design and would like to go to the whitehouse college, maybe not straight away as I want to go traveling and move around a little more. But I would like to got to uni and get a bachelor of interior design. I was also researhing other places and the one that stuck out the most was a 6 week coarse that you can take at the interior design academy. That could be a nice to get a pre-introduction to make sure that this is what I want to do and am fully interested in.
Although whitehouse offers a lot more to do with fashion design it would be interesting in which the aspect they take in delivering the work and how they would go about teaching it.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Candy - The long Term Plan

The Long Term Plan
When I first started my learning journey at Kingscliff Tafe I wasnt sure what New Career I would like to do, so with the help of a wonderful teacher named Julie Kubus, we searched the web for an appitude test which I undertook online from there I typed in all my interests an hobbies and my thoughts.
In those results was a list of subjects I could choose, Graphic Design was one of the options. I was glad to see it on the list as it was something I thought I would like to do when I left school.

So I made the decision that thats what Im goin to do, I will see it through no matter how many years I need to study for it.
Starting this year I took my second option which was the Design Course which im really enjoying. (12 months)
Next year I would like to apply for the CertIV- Graphic Design Foundation as I feel its my next stepping stone. (12months)
The following year is when I take my biggest step for the Diploma of Graphic Design. (possible 2years)

Thats if all goes according to plan, is always good to have a backup plan. Im still working on that one.

I would like to stay studying at Kingscliff Tafe, im comfortable studying here and its not far for me to drive there. Looking to study off the coast is not an option for me as I have already moved my kids into a few different schools, and they dont need anymore up heavels. So I've made my decision and Im sticking to it.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

MIRANDA: Where to next?

After this course I was to do Design Certificate IV then hopefully get into Graphic Design Diploma which I was originally told I could finish by the time I’m 19 but by the looks I will be 20 when I finish. Ultimately I want to get a job in graphic design while building up a client base and experience to also do freelance work.


I love studying here at Kingscliff TAFE and I have learnt a lot so far. It’s close to home which is good as I am too poor to move out of home. I most likely at this point continue my studies here; I like it too much to change.

Certificate IV Graphic Design Foundation

This course is for persons who wish to gain foundation skills, knowledge and attitudes required to work in the graphic design industries.On completion, graduates wil apply vocational training in the theoretical and practical aspects of graphic design for entry work into the industry as junior assistant designer or finished artist in the graphic arts or graphic design industries.

Application deadline: 31st October
Campus: Kingscliff TAFE
Cost: $456 per semester + course related charges - $300
Articulation: Certificate IV in Design.
Entry requirements: Year 12 pass 10 HSC units or equivalent statement from another educational authority.
Student selection: Submit a portfolio of six works, three pieces of which are own selection and 3 set by the campus.

Diploma of Graphic Design
This course is for persons who want to gain skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to develop and communicate creative graphic design solutions across the areas of print and digital design.On completion, graduates will apply vocational training in the theoretical and practical aspects of graphic design to enter the industry with the aim of becoming an assistant graphic designer in a professional practice, or work as a freelance practitioner.Employment may be found in a range of areas including publishing, large corporations or government departments, video and TV production houses, printers or advertising agencies.

Career Opportunities: Assistant Graphic Designer, Graphic Artist; Illustrator; DigitalArtist/Designer/Illustrator.Entry requirements: The entry requirement for this course is completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate or a relevant Certificate III qualification, or equivalent.
Selection Method: Your selection into this course will be based on the information provided on the TAFE NSW Application Form, the results from an aptitude test and the submission of a portfolio.

Apptitude Test: You must undertake an aptitude test. The aptitude test is in two parts, the first must be submitted with the application form. If you pass the first part of the aptitude test you will be required to sit for the second part at the campus and may also be required to submit a portfolio of your work to substantiate yourability.

Portfolio: In the case of the portfolio, the number of samples submitted should be a minimum of ten (10) pieces. The samples submitted must demonstrate knowledge, skills and ability relevant to graphic design.

Application deadline: 31st October
Campus: Kingscliff TAFE
Cost: to be advised + course related charge - $500


When I finished year 10 there was an offer for students to go to a short workshop at the Queensland Institute of Graphic Art and I went and really enjoyed it, learned a fair bit in the time I was there. Also they do a lot of industry work there and I think they give work experience. At the end we all got offers to come and study there the following year, but as I hadn’t finished year 12 I couldn’t enroll. This could be a possibility for me to think about again now that I will have some equivalent certificates.

Queensland Institute of Graphic Art
INTRODUCTORY COURSE - A two week full time prerequisite course designed to assess each applicant's ability and potential while providing valuable insight and hands-on experience to the courses offered prior to enrolment, or any further commitment.

Certificate of Graphic Art and Design - The full time Certificate Course of Graphic Art and Design is an extensive broad based course combining all four essential areas of Graphic Design, Typography, Computer Graphics and Graphic Reproduction, giving students greater all-round ability and knowledge.

Diploma of Graphic Art and Design - The full time Diploma of Graphic Art and Design is an advanced level and extension of the Certificate course, designed to further enhance both practical and computer skills for immediate employment opportunities through the Institute's unique "Art Start" programme and direct involvement with major corporations.

Part-time courses - In addition to our Certificate and Diploma career courses QIGA also offers 3 new exciting part-time Computer Graphic courses, each designed to meet both your personal and professional needs. All courses are industry structured and offer a comprehensive coverage of the major graphic programmes including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat.*

QIGA Creative - Individual programmes of 20 hours each. Classes are Monday and Tuesday from 9am to 2.30pm. (*Minimum classes of 4). Enquire about our QIGA Creative Package pricing.

QIGA Integrated - An advanced level of Graphic Design in Print, Packaging and Graphic Reproduction over 10 weeks following the QIGA Creative Package. Classes are Thursday and Friday from 9am to 2.30pm.

QIGA Sunset Courses - One-on-one. A course designed for those who wish to target specific areas of the Creative Package at either introductory or advanced levels. The hours required are based on individual assessment. Classes Monday to Friday from 3pm to 5pm.


MIRANDA: Designer that interested me most - Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister interested me most because of his kind of quirky ideas behind all his pieces. He also generally seems to have a good idea on how to be happy and stay happy working in the industry. If you didn’t choose him for your blog I suggest you take a look at some of his work because he has a lot of great, even inspirational pieces.

Stefan Sagmeister is among today’s most important graphic designers. Born in Austria (1962), he now lives and works in New York. His long-standing collaborators include the AIGA and musicians, David Byrne and Lou Reed.

Stefan Sagmeister is no mere commercial gun for hire. Sure, he's created eye-catching graphics for clients, but he pours his heart and soul into every piece of work. His design work is at once timeless and of the moment and his painstaking attention to the smallest details creates work that offers something new every time you look at it.

While a sense of humor invariably surfaces in his designs, Sagmeister is nonetheless very serious about his work; his intimate approach and sincere thoughtfulness elevate his design. A genuine maverick, Sagmeister achieved notoriety in the 1990s as the designer who self-harmed in the name of craft: He created a poster advertising a speaking engagement by asking his assistant to carve the salient details onto his torso with an X-acto knife and photographing the result. Sunning himself on a beach the following summer, Sagmeister noticed traces of the poster text rising in pink as his flesh tanned.

Striking to the point of sensationalism and humorous but in such an unsettling way that it’s nearly, but not quite unacceptable, his work mixes sexuality with wit and a whiff of the sinister. Sagmeister’s technique is often simple to the point of banality: from slashing D-I-Y text into his own skin for the AIGA Detroit poster, to spelling out words with roughly cut strips of white cloth for a 1999 brochure for his girlfriend, the fashion designer, Anni Kuan. The strength of his work lies in his ability to conceptualise: to come up with potent, original, stunningly appropriate ideas.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

JADE THOMAS - possible further education

nominal hours - 80. 

This course is for people whom want to acquire knowledge and skills
to pursue employment and/or further training in screen and media 3D animation planning and development using software tools such as 3D Studio Max.  

Career Opportunities
Possible job titles relevant to this training program include: web designer, media designer and fine artist. 

Entry Requirements
 There are no formal educational requirements for this training program. 

Design and Fabric Printing
This course targets an important and high profile niche sector in the design industry, namely the artisan/designer printer who develops and prints their own designs on base cloths for a variety of end uses, including the fashion and or furnishing sectors. The course also provides training in design skills and knowledge for people who want to develop commercial fabric print designs for local and international markets, which may be produced on a mass scale. The emphasis of the qualification is to develop fabric print designers, who also have some technical knowledge of the mechanics of printing fabrics.    You learn how to create and print innovative designs for fabrics while you apply considerations of aesthetics and function, and use a range of design and fabric printing applications technology. The course trains you for work in large printing and design firms, small printing workshops, or self-employment.
Career Opportunities
Fabric designer and/or printer. 
Possible courses that this one may lead you to: 
- the Diploma of Design and Fabric Printing (7880)
- the Diploma of Fashion Design (7809)
- the Advanced Diploma of Interior Design (7557). 

Entry Requirements
 NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent). It would be an advantage to have access to relevant studio practice.

The above are two courses that i may wish to study once i complete certificate IV design fundamentals.
for further information please visit the official TAFE website.

Hayley: What's next for me?

What is next for me? At the moment I'm researching the possibility of moving my family down to Melbourne to continue my education. I have been doing a lot of reading about many different institutions. The aspects I have been considering concerning the courses available and the actual institutions are:
  • The location in relation to the suburbs we are planing on living in.
  • The length of the course
  • The hours per week
  • The recognition received from studying at certain schools
  • The facilities available
  • The qualification received at completion
  • The cost
Here are a few courses I have looked into:

Advanced Diploma of Advertising & Graphic Design - Local Students

Offered to local students

About this course
Students create and execute design concepts and present finished artwork using a combination of traditional studio media and digital technologies. On completion graduates gain the vocational training to enter the industry as an assistant or junior designer in a professional practice, or work as a freelance designer.

The Advanced Diploma takes two years of intensive full time study to complete. There is an exit point at the successful completion of the first year when students may elect to leave with a Certificate IV in Graphic Design. Classes are held daily and consist of formal lectures, tutorials, workshops, supervised and unsupervised computer work and research. All assignments and projects are mandatory.

40510SA Advanced Diploma of Advertising & Graphic Design which is a Nationally Endorsed course. Graduates will also be awarded the internationally recognised City & Guilds (London) qualification.

You need to have completed a year 12 or equivalent and have basic computer and English communication skills. Certain exemptions apply if you are over 21, have previous experience or knowledge of the subject matter.

All current top end graphic design programs are covered in this course. They include Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat and InDesign as well as Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash.

Computer Access
We have an open access policy, all students are free to use our facilities at any time that the college is open (subject to availability).

Class Size
Classes are limited to a maximum of 10 participants.

This design school is situated in the Melbourne CBD. The fees are approx. $11000/year. There is a government study loan option, similar to Hecs, available for this course. Enrolment is by interview and portfolio. The next course begins in Feb 2010. RPL is also available for this course as it is a nationally accredited curriculum. I am currently looking into whether I would only to do the second year considering I will be achieving a Cert 4 this year. I am very excited about this option because of the smaller class sizes and the attention to the particular skills of the individual.

Another option for me is at NMIT (National Melbourne Institute of Tafe). This is the information for the Diploma of Illustration.This would suit me because I am far more interested in the illustrative side of graphic design than the computer-based.

The course develops skills appropriate to the diverse illustration industry though set projects. Students gain experience in editorial, advertising, promotional and book illustration using such media as gouache, acrylic and oil paint, mixed media and technology. Drawing, context and culture, design and new media units support core illustration study. Creativity, innovation and individuality are fostered in the course as well as highly developed visual communication problem solving skills.

Entrance Requirements
Successful completion of VCE or mature age. All prospective students must attend an interview session where they will be required to present a folio. The folio should contain a variety of art work which demonstrates the use of a range of materials and techniques including a selection of illustrations and freehand observational drawings. At interview students will also be asked to discuss their awareness of illustration and the illustration industry.

Success Stories

  • About the Course
  • Entrance Requirements
  • Materials
  • Local Students
  • International Students
  • National Code: 21871VIC
  • Cricos Code: 066704M

Campus: Preston


Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: Part-time not available to International Students

Course Commencement Dates


Course Units

BSBSBM403APromote the business (50Core
CUFMEM07AApply principles of visual design and communication to the development of a multimedia product50Core
CUFSAF01BFollow health safety and security procedures15Core
CULMS07ADevelop small exhibitions60Core
CUSADM09AAddress legal and administrative requirements50Core
CUVDSP02ADevelop self as a designer60Core
CUVVSP11AApply techniques to produce digital images50Core
CUVVSP35AProduce paintings50Core
CUVVSP45AProduce prints50Core
PSPPM401BDesign simple projects65Core
VPAU010Analyse and implement sustainable work practices15Core
VPAU011Apply research and critical analysis to inform artistic and design practice100Core
VPAU012Use advanced drawing techniques to represent and communicate concepts100Core
VPAU013Apply the elements and principles of design100Core
VPAU014Manage creative and professional self60Core
VPAU040Develop a concept and design in response to a given brief/commission150Core
VPAU041Produce computer based illustration140Core
VPAU042Produce an advanced 2-dimensional illustration from a brief150Core
VPAU043Produce art work for final art production60Core
VPAU303Produce an advanced 3-dimensional illustration from a brief150Core

*Course hours are indicative and subject to change.

Skills Recognition - Exemptions/Transfers

Students may be eligible for exemptions/transfers on the basis of previous qualifications, which must be provided as evidence of completion.


As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised. On successful completion students will be awarded with the Diploma of Illustration

There is also the Diploma of Graphic design available at NMIT. The campus where this course is held is at Preston, about 20 mins drive from where we plan to live.

If we decide to not move to Melbourne I will be enrolling in the Graphic Design Diploma here at Kingscliff Tafe.