About the course

About the course

Build a strong foundation in design skills and get a head start in your tertiary design studies with credit into your Certificate IV pathway program.

This course has a visual arts focus and covers the basics of design that can be applied to any design area including graphic design, interior design and visual merchandising.

Course Details


Qualification Issued on Completion

Course Length and Classes

Part time: 2 years

VETDSS courses follow the same term structure as Secondary Schools

Wednesday 1:30pm to 5:00pm

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Entry Requirements

This course can only be completed as part of your secondary school studies in years 10, 11 and 12.


After successful completion of this program, you may wish to continue your studies in Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA50715), Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA60315), Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging (CUA50915), Diploma of Interior Design (MSF50218) or Diploma of Visual Merchandising (SIR50217).

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Career Outcomes

This entry level qualification provides the skills and knowledge to apply for employment as a junior at a graphic design, marketing or media business.

Contribution to VCE, VCAL & ATAR

On successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for block credit. The following guidelines apply:

  • Attainment of Units of competency/modules at AQF level III or above provides credit at Units 3 and 4 level.
  • 90 nominal hours of training is required for each VCE Unit.
  • The award of credit will take into account issues of duplication with other VCE studies or VCE VET programs and other VET undertaken by the student.
  • Where available, a Units 3 and 4 sequence will be awarded on satisfactory completion of 180 nominal hours at AQF level III, according to the guidelines above.
  • VTAC may award VCE students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence through block credit recognition a fifth or sixth study increment (10% of the lowest study score of the primary four) towards their ATAR. This is subject to VTAC rules regarding the calculation of the ATAR.

Structured Workplace Learning

There is no requirement for structured workplace learning.


Please contact your secondary school regarding fees for this program

Uniform Requirements

There is no specific uniform requirement. It is expected you wear comfortable and suitable clothing for classes.

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