TAFE Queensland is the state’s largest, most experienced further education and training provider, delivering practical, industry-relevant courses to more than 120,000 students each year. Courses are taught by experienced teachers who have all worked in their fields and are passionate about sharing their industry knowledge with the next generation of professionals. TAFE courses are delivered in a variety of ways – on campus, online, by distance education or through work placement – to ensure students get the practical skills and knowledge they need to work in their chosen industry.
TAFE Queensland offers over 500 certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree and bachelor degree level courses focused on giving students practical skills that employers demand. Courses in nursing, children’s services, aged care, business, human resources, management, information technology, tourism, hospitality and events, produce qualified graduates ready to start their careers. TAFE Queensland’s creative industries courses in graphic design, visual arts, fashion, music, and screen and media give students access to a vibrant arts industry network delivered by teachers who are accomplished practitioners. As the state’s most experienced provider of trade courses, TAFE Queensland delivers apprenticeship and traineeship training in all major trades as well as engineering and building design diplomas for students wanting to build a career in the construction industry.
Pathways to university
Many students complete a TAFE Queensland diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree as a pathway to university, with TAFE study giving the chance of credit towards a university degree and an improved QTAC selection rank. TAFE Queensland has relationships with all of Queensland’s major universities as well as a number of interstate tertiary institutions. Through a dual award course students can guarantee a place in a TAFE and university course at the same time with only one QTAC application.
In partnership with the University of Canberra, TAFE Queensland delivers bachelor degree qualifications which focus on developing practical skills underpinned by theory to provide graduates with strong employment outcomes. Through this partnership, in 2017 TAFE Queensland will offer the Bachelor of Acting and Performance, Bachelor of Games and Interactive Design, Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice, Bachelor of Visual Arts, Bachelor of Applied Fashion, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Graphic Design, Bachelor of Interior Architecture, Bachelor of Web Design and Production, and Bachelor of Media Arts and Production. TAFE Queensland will also offer an expanded range of TAFE Queensland and University of Canberra bachelor programs from its South Bank campus in Brisbane and Coomera campus on the Gold Coast. TAFE Queensland is also delivering its own Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics degree and Associate Degree in Civil Engineering based at the South Bank campus. Find details in the courses section of this guide.
Applicants must have completed Year 12 or have attained Year 12 leaving age to apply for TAFE Queensland programs through QTAC. Entry requirements for TAFE Queensland programs not offered through QTAC are available by contacting TAFE Queensland. Most art, music and performing arts diplomas and advanced diplomas require portfolio, audition or music demonstration submission for entry. Find entry requirements in the courses section of this guide. The final date for lodging applications, music tapes, audition applications and portfolios for these courses is 30 November 2016 for semester 1, 2017 and 19 May 2017 for semester 2, 2017.
Student facilities and services
TAFE Queensland provides a range of facilities with students completing their study in workshops using industry standard equipment; fully functional kitchens, health clinics, theatres and studios; operating restaurants, childcare centres, beauty salons and gyms; and electronic learning centres. Partnerships with local employers allow TAFE Queensland to support study in actual workplaces to give students valuable work experience.
TAFE Queensland provides a range of specialist services to support students with their study, employment and personal needs. Services include career guidance; support for students with a disability; assistance for students from a non-English speaking background or who need help with language, literacy or numeracy; Indigenous Student Support Officers and access to financial assistance for eligible students.
Page last updated: 16 Mar 2017