This entry level design course will help you build a strong foundation of design skills. The course covers the elements and principles of design that can be applied to any design area including graphic design, fashion design and interior design.

You will learn how to follow a design process, how to explore the use of colour and employ type and to apply the creative design process to 2D and 3D forms. 

The course will also guide you in how to produce drawings to communicate ideas and how to prepare, produce and capture digital and photographic images.  

National Code CUA30715
Study Areas Art & Design
Study Level Certificate III
Study Type Local
Study Mode

Flexible: length varies

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses School, City, Lilydale, Workplace, Box Hill

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,778.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $556.00
Full Tuition Fee $6,565.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $470.00
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

February and July

Flexible - the time taken to complete this course may vary depending on your input

School, City, Lilydale, Workplace, Box Hill

You must:

  • be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Centre
  • have a training contract with an employer


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

After successful completion of this program, you may wish to continue your studies in Certificate IV in Design, with credit for 3 units.

Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

This course may give you the skills to apply for employment at an entry level in a graphic design or media business.

The course is comprised of 12 units including 7 core and 5 electives.





This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow a design process at a basic level, incorporating an element of problem solving to identify and resolve challenges that may hinder the process.

It applies to individuals who work under direct supervision and respond to specific issues or changes which may relate to product and service requirements.


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and produce creative work in any media. Work is typically produced through exploration of ideas, techniques, tools, equipment and materials.

It applies to individuals who are developing technical and conceptual skills in any area of creative practice.

Last updated: February 22, 2019 12:57pm