Certificate IV in Design

Course Code CUA40715
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 725 hours

Course Overview

The CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Furniture Design Assistant, Junior Graphic Design Assistant.

Harness your creative talent by perfecting your design practice with the Certificate IV in Design. You learn the latest techniques to add to your portfolio and showcase your designs. Master typography. Fine tune your creative thinking skills. Find out how to read between the lines when interpreting a design brief, to get at what the client really wants.

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

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design is designed for prepares people for work in some limited junior design roles and for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Visual Arts and Craft and Design industry.

Working in this industry may involve working with deadlines and attention to detail.

Further studies
After gaining the CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design, you might wish to undertake further study in the CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

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.

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

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Deanne Bramley
Location: Shepparton

Name: Michele Hoffman
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 725 $4.10 $2,972.50 $7.50 $5,437.50
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 725 $0.82 $594.50 $7.50 $5,437.50
Full Fee 725 $10.00 $7,250.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 725 $0.55 $398.75 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
  • Be assessed to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course

It is a requirement to present examples of creative work: at least 8-10 pieces. Basic computer literacy is an advantage.

It is preferred that students currently hold the CUA30715 Certificate III in Design fundamentals or have equivalent abilities. These skills may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through secondary or other formal study.

Units of Competency

CUA40715 – Core Units

BSBWHS201 – Contribute to health and safety of self and others
BSBCRT301 – Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
BSBDES401 – Generate design solutions
CUAACD401 – Integrate colour theory and design processes
BSBDES402 – Interpret and respond to a design brief
CUAPPR401 – Realise a creative project
BSBDES305 – Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

CUA40715 – Elective Units

CUAPHI302 – Capture photographic images
BSBCRT402 – Collaborate in a creative process
ICPPRP481 – Design complex carton
CUADIG202 – Develop digital imaging skills
CUADRA401 – Experiment with techniques to produce drawings
BSBITU404 – Produce complex desktop published documents
ICPPRP284 – Produce PDF files for online or screen display
CUAACD303 – Produce technical drawings
CUAGRD302 – Use typography techniques

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include:

  • Practical demonstrations and tasks
  • Observation
  • Quizzes
  • Written reports and reflections
  • Project work
  • Portfolios
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?

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