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  • ICP31420

Certificate III in Print Communications

At a glance

At a glance

Set yourself up for a career in digital media design or printing with this hands-on qualification. Develop the practical skills required to work as a desktop publisher or pre-press technician.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Multimedia Content Author
  • Digital Media Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Production Controller
  • Pre-press Operator
COURSE OUTCOME

ICP31420 Certificate III in Print Communications

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Course overview

Course overview

Set yourself up for a career in digital media design or printing with this hands on qualification. Develop the practical skills required for work as a desktop publisher or pre-press technician. The printing industry is one of the largest manufacturing industries in Australia. Worth over $23 billion and employing more than 115,000 people, the printing industry offers significant career opportunities.

This course will teach you how to prepare layouts and manipulate images and text to meet production requirements. You will learn how to edit images, select and apply type, manage digital files, and produce a basic digital print. This course will also prepare you with the skills required to manage digital files for printing in a number of mediums.

Graduates will be qualified to work as a desktop publisher, pre-press technician, or multimedia graphic designer.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 16 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
BSBSUS201
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ICPKNW3220
Develop and apply knowledge of the printing and graphic arts industry
ICPSUP2160
Inspect quality against required standards in a production environment
ICPSUP2600
Maintain a safe work environment
ICPSUP2620
Communicate in the workplace
UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
ICPDMT2630
Access and use the internet
ICPDMT3220
Edit digital images
ICPPRN284
Use colour management systems
ICPPRN3840
Set up and produce basic digital print
ICPPRN3880
Preflight and import complex images for digital devices
ICPPRN3890
Manage digital files
ICPPRP2210
Select and apply type
ICPPRP224
Produce pages using a page layout application
ICPPRP2250
Produce graphics using graphics applications
ICPPRP2840
Produce PDF files for online and screen display
ICPPRP2970
Transfer digital files
ICPPRP3110
Develop detailed design concepts
ICPPRP3210
Produce typographic images
ICPPRP3240
Create pages using page layout applications
ICPPRP3250
Create graphics using graphics applications
ICPPRP3340
Prepare imposition format for printing processes
ICPPRP386
Undertake digital proofing
ICPPRP3960
Generate high-end PDF files
ICPPRP411
Undertake a complex design brief

Note: For some courses, not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

To study an apprenticeship or traineeship program you must be indentured as an apprentice or trainee with your employer.

Employers need to be able to provide the necessary human and physical resources to qualify for an apprentice.

Resources required

It is recommended that you 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 use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Need to know

Replacement Qualification
This qualification has been replaced by ICP31420 - Certificate III in Prepress Graphic Design Production, as of 5 May 2020. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 1 April 2024. If required, enrolments will be transitioned into the replacement qualification.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

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 enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


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. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Federation University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland