Graphic designer: Indy Griffiths

Information and Telecommunications
New South Wales

Diploma of Graphic Design

Diploma of Graphic Design

From a young age, Indy Griffiths always leaned toward the creative.

In Year 10, Indy was really tempted to leave school and study graphic design, but deciding she was young for her year, she held off and went on to complete Year 12.

“Knowing I didn’t want to sit still, when I was in Year 11 I took the option of doing the TVET program.

In NSW, TVET courses are ‘dual accredited’ courses – meaning they count as units of study towards your HSC, as well as a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

Indy did a Certificate III in Game Development.

“It was my first TAFE experience and I just loved it,” she said.

As soon as she finished high school, Indy enrolled in a Certificate III in Design Fundamentals, followed by the combined Certificate IV/Diploma of Graphic Design.

“Once I realised that TAFE was an amazing opportunity and not a chore, the switch in my mindset enabled me to get the most out of my course,” Indy said.

Indy’s parents both went to TAFE, as well as a cousin, and they each encouraged her to follow the same path.

“I wanted a hands-on education and I knew TAFE could give me that, and from Year 8 onwards I wanted to go to TAFE and study graphic design,” she said.

Indy speaks highly of the VET path she chose, and wants to encourage others to follow suit.

“My traineeship was the most encouraging and industry-like education experience,” she said.

“The structure of the course was so great, it covered things I didn’t realise I needed to know, and it helped me develop the skills that scored me my amazing job and work for myself on the side.

“Australian Traineeships lead to valuable, desirable and valued qualifications by employers.”

Indy won a gold medal for Graphic Design Technology at the WorldSkills Australia National competition in 2018, and won a silver medal representing Australia at Russia’s Digital Skills competition in Russia in December 2018. She will be travelling to Russia again in August 2019 to compete in world’s biggest skills excellence competition, WorldSkills International.