Our design course helps develop and enhance your skills in graphic art, graphic design, industrial design, product design and related design studies.

In our practical hands-on course you’ll learn to develop design concepts, and how to select the right techniques and media to communicate your ideas. You’ll learn theory, practical skills and practices to continue developing artistically and professionally.

During our course, you’ll develop an understanding of graphic design techniques, colour application, typography and digital production. You’ll also learn about design history, drawing, visual effects techniques and the design of 3D forms.

Your major studies will include: 

  • 2D and 3D design
  • colour theory
  • manual and digital techniques
  • digital image editing
  • design history and theory
  • drawing
  • illustration
  • typography
  • creative thinking



National Code CUA40715
Study Areas Art & Design
Study Level Certificate IV
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 6 months

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,900.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $580.00
Full Tuition Fee $8,338.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $362.50
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

Full time: 6 months

Box Hill

You must have:

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

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 successfully completing this course, your study pathways are:

VTAC and Direct entry

Year 12 VTAC Applicants must:

Direct Entry Applicants (Non Year 12) must:

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 4

This course will prepare you for work in some limited junior design roles and for learning at higher levels across a broad range of design disciplines.

This course is comprised of 15 units (7 core and 8 elective).

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Title

Hours

CUADIG405 PRODUCE INNOVATIVE DIGITAL IMAGES 50.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to experiment with digital imaging techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice.

It applies to individuals who produce digital art images for electronic media or physical/online display in art publications and galleries.

CUAIND402 PROVIDE FREELANCE SERVICES 30.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work as an independent operator within the creative arts industry.

It applies to individuals who use a high level of self-motivation and discipline, and an entrepreneurial attitude when pursuing work opportunities. They are engaged for specific projects and are responsible for promoting themselves to potential clients, negotiating their own contracts and managing their business affairs.

BSBCRT301 DEVELOP AND EXTEND CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING SKILLS 40.0

This unit describes skills and knowledge required to develop the habit of thinking in a more creative way through looking at things differently, musing, testing, experimenting and challenging existing thought patterns.

It applies to individuals who need to develop and extend their critical and creative thinking skills to different issues and situations and have a range of problem solving, evaluation and analysis skills.

BSBDES305 SOURCE AND APPLY INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY AND THEORY OF DESIGN 65.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to source information on design history and theory, and to apply that information in the individual's design work.

It applies to individuals who work in design and need to develop and maintain a general knowledge of design history and theory.

BSBDES401 GENERATE DESIGN SOLUTIONS 60.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to generate design solutions in response to a particular design need.

It applies to individuals who generate concepts and solutions in response to a design challenge in any industry context. The starting point may be an open or closed brief; a spontaneous idea; modification of an existing product, service, process or system; or a point in an ongoing design process.

This unit builds on BSBDES201 Follow a design process, and places greater focus on research, concept generation and collaboration with others as key aspects of the design process.

BSBDES402 INTERPRET AND RESPOND TO A DESIGN BRIEF 20.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to interpret and creatively respond to a design brief through the production of work.

It applies to individuals working in any industry or design context where work is prescribed by a commissioning agent/client in a brief. Individuals are required to integrate the creative, communication and planning processes that support effective response to a design brief.

Work is carried out independently, although guidance is available if required.

CUAACD401 INTEGRATE COLOUR THEORY AND DESIGN PROCESSES 30.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to investigate and combine colour theory and design processes into two-dimensional or three-dimensional work.

It applies to individuals who use design processes in visual communication situations.

CUAGRD302 USE TYPOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES 50.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use typography techniques in design work.

It applies to individuals working in many industries. They may provide administrative support within an enterprise, or they may work in specialist design and printing companies where print jobs vary from brochures and corporate stationery to artwork for billboards, display banners and textile products. At this level, work would be undertaken independently, but within established guidelines.

CUAGRD401 RESEARCH AND APPLY GRAPHIC DESIGN TECHNIQUES 50.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and apply techniques to produce graphic design work. It involves interpreting work briefs, organising resources, testing ideas, and refining approaches to a range of design challenges.

It applies to individuals still developing a full range of skills. Research, experimentation and refinement are used to produce a range of general design works. Individuals generally produce work independently, with guidance as required.

CUAILL401 DEVELOP AND REFINE ILLUSTRATIVE WORK 50.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work with a brief to create illustrations through a process of testing design approaches and illustration techniques.

It applies to illustrators who are still developing a full repertoire of professional skills and an individual style. They work with limited supervision and guidance as required. Illustrators may be employees or work on a freelance basis.

CUAACD302 PRODUCE COMPUTER-AIDED DRAWINGS 50.0

This unit describes skills and knowledge required to develop the habit of thinking in a more creative way through looking at things differently, musing, testing, experimenting and challenging existing thought patterns.

It applies to individuals who need to develop and extend their critical and creative thinking skills to different issues and situations and have a range of problem solving, evaluation and analysis skills.
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CUAPHI301 DEVELOP AND APPLY PHOTO IMAGING INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE 15.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to source information on design history and theory, and to apply that information in the individual's design work.

It applies to individuals who work in design and need to develop and maintain a general knowledge of design history and theory.

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CUAPHI303 PROCESS PHOTO IMAGES TO WORK-PRINT AND FILE STAGE 120.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to generate design solutions in response to a particular design need.

It applies to individuals who generate concepts and solutions in response to a design challenge in any industry context. The starting point may be an open or closed brief; a spontaneous idea; modification of an existing product, service, process or system; or a point in an ongoing design process.

This unit builds on BSBDES201 Follow a design process, and places greater focus on research, concept generation and collaboration with others as key aspects of the design process.
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CUAPHI401 CAPTURE IMAGES IN RESPONSE TO A BRIEF 150.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to interpret and creatively respond to a design brief through the production of work.

It applies to individuals working in any industry or design context where work is prescribed by a commissioning agent/client in a brief. Individuals are required to integrate the creative, communication and planning processes that support effective response to a design brief.

Work is carried out independently, although guidance is available if required.
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CUAPHI402 APPLY PHOTO IMAGING LIGHTING TECHNIQUES 100.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to investigate and combine colour theory and design processes into two-dimensional or three-dimensional work.

It applies to individuals who use design processes in visual communication situations.
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CUAPHI403 ENHANCE, MANIPULATE AND OUTPUT PHOTO IMAGES 80.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use typography techniques in design work.

It applies to individuals working in many industries. They may provide administrative support within an enterprise, or they may work in specialist design and printing companies where print jobs vary from brochures and corporate stationery to artwork for billboards, display banners and textile products. At this level, work would be undertaken independently, but within established guidelines.
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CUAPPR403 STORE AND MAINTAIN FINISHED CREATIVE WORK 30.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and apply techniques to produce graphic design work. It involves interpreting work briefs, organising resources, testing ideas, and refining approaches to a range of design challenges.

It applies to individuals still developing a full range of skills. Research, experimentation and refinement are used to produce a range of general design works. Individuals generally produce work independently, with guidance as required.
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SIRRMER007 DESIGN AND INSTALL VISUAL MERCHANDISING DISPLAYS 80.0

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work with a brief to create illustrations through a process of testing design approaches and illustration techniques.

It applies to illustrators who are still developing a full repertoire of professional skills and an individual style. They work with limited supervision and guidance as required. Illustrators may be employees or work on a freelance basis.
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SIRRMER011 DESIGN AND INSTALL MERCHANDISE SIGNAGE 50.0

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