Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

Course Code CUA30715
Campus Shepparton - Fryers Street, Wangaratta - Docker Street
Duration 530 hours

Course Overview

CUA30715 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Junior Graphic Design Assistant.

Launch your creative career. The Certificate III in Design Fundamentals is where it all begins. Fine tune your visual instincts and natural talent for design by learning foundation skills:

  • Illustration
  • 2D and 3D design
  • Typography
  • Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign
  • Use of colour

This course is delivered on campus. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The CUA30715 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Design and Arts industry as a Graphic Designer or Artists after completing further studies.

Working in this industry requires attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.

Further studies
After gaining the CUA30715 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals, you might wish to undertake further training pathways by studying CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – Fryers Street Starts 1st July, 3 Days a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019
Wangaratta – Docker Street Starts 1st July, 3 Days a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

You are encouraged to attend all face-to-face classes and participate in excursions or other organised activities.

This course can also be delivered Part-time. Please contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Deanne Bramley
Location: Shepparton

Name: Leonie Partridge
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 530 $4.10 $2,173.00 $7.50 $3,975.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 530 $0.82 $434.60 $7.50 $3,975.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 530 $3.10 $1,643.00 $7.50 $3,975.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 530 $0.62 $328.60 $7.50 $3,975.00
Full Fee 530 $10.25 $5,432.50 N/A N/A
Course Materials 530 $0.55 $291.50 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Present examples of creative work – at least 8-10 pieces.
  • Basic computer literacy is an advantage.
Units of Competency

CUA30715 – Core Units

BSBWHS201 – Contribute to health and safety of self and others
BSBDES302 – Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
BSBDES303 – Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
BSBDES301 – Explore the use of colour
BSBDES201 – Follow a design process
CUAACD301 – Produce drawings to communicate ideas
BSBDES304 – Source and apply design industry knowledge

CUA30715 – Elective Units

CUAPHI302 – Capture photographic images
CUAILL401 – Develop and refine illustrative work
CUAGRD301 – Prepare files for publication
CUADIG305 – Produce digital images
CUAGRD401 – Research and apply graphic design techniques
ICPPRP221 – Select and apply type

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Demonstration
  • Written tasks
  • Portfolio
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.