About the course

About the course

Our design course helps develop and enhance your skills in graphic art, graphic design, visual communication, design thinking, human-centred design, product design and related design studies.

In our practical hands-on course you’ll develop design concepts using the design process and learn how to select the right techniques and media to communicate your ideas. You’ll learn theory, practical skills and design practices to develop artistic and professional solutions.

During our course, you’ll develop an understanding of graphic design techniques, colour application, typography and digital image production. You’ll also learn about design history, drawing and illustration techniques, photo imaging and visual effects and the principles of design applied to 2D and 3D forms.

Your major studies will include: 

  • 2D and 3D design
  • colour theory
  • manual and digital techniques
  • digital and photo image editing
  • design history and theory
  • drawing
  • illustration
  • typography
  • creative thinking
  • design thinking
  • visual communication
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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 6 months 

You can study this course as part of a dual qualification with the Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging. If studied as a dual qualification, the length of the course is also full time 6 months (this course will begin with online/remote delivery and then move into face to face) but requires additional time each week. 

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

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.

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Entry Requirements

You must have:


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute 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.


VTAC and direct entry

Year 12 VTAC Applicants must:

  • complete a VTAC application 
  • book an interview
  • present a folio

Direct Entry Applicants (Non Year 12) must:

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

After successfully completing this course, your study pathways are:

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

Fees & Finance Options

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

Government Subsidised StandardFull FeeGovernment Subsidised Concession or Job Trainer
Tuition Fee$3,118$8,555$624
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$363$363$363
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$3,730$9,167$1,236
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$3,730$9,167$1,236

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

This course is comprised of 15 units 

  • CUADIG304 Create Visual Design Components
    30.0 hours

  • BSBWHS201 Contribute To Health And Safety Of Self And Others
    20.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in a manner that is healthy and safe in relation to self and others and to respond to emergency incidents. It covers following work health and safety (WHS) and emergency procedures and instructions, implementing WHS requirements and participating in WHS consultative processes. It applies to individuals who require a basic knowledge of WHS to carry out work in a defined context under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility, in a range of industry and workplace contexts.

  • CUADIG405 Produce Innovative Digital Images
    50.0 hours

    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.

  • CUAPPR401 Realise A Creative Project
    60.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to experiment with ideas and techniques to find an individual style or voice throughout a creative project that results in a completed work. It applies to individuals who have sound technical, conceptual and theoretical skills in a particular area of creative practice, often at a pre-professional level.

  • BSBDES302 Explore And Apply The Creative Design Process To 2D Forms
    50.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to explore and creatively apply the design process to the development of two-dimensional (2D) forms. It applies to individuals who apply the creative design process to the development of 2D forms. The unit underpins many other specialised design units.

  • BSBDES303 Explore And Apply The Creative Design Process To 3D Forms
    50.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to explore and creatively apply the design process to the development of three-dimensional (3D) forms. It applies to individuals who work under supervision and apply an understanding of the design process using discretion and judgement.

  • BSBCRT301 Develop And Extend Critical And Creative Thinking Skills
    40.0 hours

    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 hours

    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 hours

    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 hours

    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 hours

    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 hours

    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.

  • CUAILL401 Develop And Refine Illustrative Work
    50.0 hours

    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.

  • CUAPHI403 Enhance, Manipulate And Output Photo Images
    80.0 hours

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Box Hill Institute’s Creative Design Hub, located at our Nelson Campus, provides first-class leadership by showcasing best practices, support, and training in the vibrant world of design. The space offers photography and graphic design students the ability to collaborate with aspiring fashion designers, and includes sewing rooms, patternmaking tables, CAD rooms and a photographic studio. 

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