Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

This qualification is part of the Creative Arts and Culture Training Package. It reflects the role of individuals who have highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills in visual communication to conceive, negotiate and realise design solutions. Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of visual communication and design theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Advanced communication, organisational and project management skills are also required. Practitioners may work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: TAFE Institute/Polytechnic (Govt)
Level: Preparatory/Industry
Campus/Location: CIT Bruce
CIT Fyshwick
CIT Reid
CIT Tuggeranong
CIT Solutions
CIT Gungahlin
CIT Woden
Institution CRICOS: 00001K


  • Core: Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
  • Originate graphic designs for complex briefs
  • Engage in the business of graphic design
  • Extend typographic design expertise
  • Undertake project work
  • plus more. Electives: Develop graphic designs for branding and identity
  • Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
  • Refine illustration techniques
  • Plan and produce visual art photo images
  • Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
  • Develop and execute advertising concepts
  • Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
  • plus more.

CIT is your first step on an incredible journey.

Quick facts about CIT

  • 90 years of CIT and over 25 years teaching international students. 
  • 20,000 students each year, including over 1000 international students.
  • 100+ courses available to international students.
  • Certificate to bachelor degree level qualifications.
  • Highly-skilled teachers with industry knowledge, experience and connections. 
  • ACT government institution with courses delivered to Australian national standards.
  • World-class facilities including simulated training environments, libraries and information technology resources, plus new sporting and recreational centres.
  • Modern teaching methods including online learning and live virtual classrooms.
  • Study pathways to leading Australian universities. 

CIT is Canberra’s TAFE and the largest technical and vocational education provider in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), with an impressive 90-year history! 

CIT has five conveniently located campuses across Canberra, with world-class facilities including industry-standard simulated training environments, libraries and information technology resources, plus new sporting and recreational centres. 

CIT – Dream it. Learn it. Be it. 


CIT offers over 100 courses to international students from Certificate to Bachelor Degree level qualifications in a range of subject areas:

  • Art, design and multimedia
  • Business, accounting and IT
  • Community services and medical care
  • English and study preparation
  • Fitness, health and beauty
  • Hospitality, tourism and events
  • Science and construction

CIT offers internationally-recognised certificate to bachelor degree level qualifications. Our hands-on courses and industry placement opportunities ensure students graduate with invaluable industry skills and connections.

CIT is a government supported institute, ensuring that our quality courses are delivered to the highest national standards.

Pathways to University

CIT offers international students the opportunity to move onto further education at top Australian universities through “study pathways”. Pathways give students credit for studies completed at CIT to use towards a degree at an Australian university. 

With the ability to complete a combination of English language courses, Secondary (high school) studies, certificates III and IV, a diploma, an advanced diploma or a bachelor degree, CIT has a study pathway to suit most students! 

CIT offers a wide range of support services and facilities to assist international students in successfully completing their studies at CIT and enhance their personal lives during their stay in Canberra. 

Pre-enrolment Support

  • International student orientation day
  • International student advisers
  • Accommodation placement
  • Airport pick-up

Support during your studies

  • Counselling – academic, personal and career
  • Employment options
  • Library services
  • International Services Unit
  • Pastoral care officers

Services and Facilities

  • World-class libraries
  • 24-hour access to computer laboratories
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Cafés, bookshops and canteens
  • Student services hub
  • CIT student-run gym, hairdressing and beauty salon, massage and naturopathy clinic, restaurant and café
  • CIT Student Association (CITSA), which offers a wide range of commercial and support services, as well as fun social activities on all campuses
  • Prayer rooms
  • Study centres
  • Sporting and recreational facilities.

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