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Certificate IV in Design

Course Code CUV40311
Campus Shepparton, Wangaratta
Duration 6 months
Start Dates February/July

Harness your creative talent by perfecting your design practice with the Certificate IV. 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.

Upon successful completion of Certificate IV in Design (CUV40311) students will be eligible to undertake Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV50311).

This qualification prepares people 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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The tuition fee is based upon the number of units and their nominal hours into which a student enrols.

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.



Type Cost
Full Fee $4,078
Government Subsidised $2,950
Concession $750

Note: the cost includes a material fee of: $200.00

Course fees are calculated using an hourly rate multiplied by the course hours. The number of hours are determined by the unit/s the student enrols in. The hourly rate varies depending on the student’s eligibility for a concession, a government subsidised place or a non-Government subsidised place. Read more about eligibility here.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees for student services, amenities, goods and materials may apply. For further information please contact GOTAFE or see our fees and charges page.

It is recommended that people entering this qualification either possess Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (CUV30311) or possess some creative and design skills. Prospective students are required to attend an interview and undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment.

Units of Study

CUV40311 – Core Units
BSBCRT301A – Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
BSBDES401A – Generate design solutions
CUVACD401A – Integrate Colour Theory And Design Processes
BSBDES402A – Interpret and respond to a design brief
BSBOHS201A – Participate in OHS processes
CUVPRP401A – Realise A Creative Project
BSBDES305A – Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

CUV40311 – Elective Units
BSBCMM401 – Make a presentation
BSBCRT402A – Collaborate in a creative process
CUVDRA401A – Experiment With Techniques To Produce Drawings
CUVGRD301A – Prepare Files For Publication
CUVGRD302A – Use Typography Techniques
CUVPHI302A – Capture Photographic Images
ICPPP325C – Create Graphics Using A Graphics Application
ICPPRP284 – Produce PDF files for online or screen display

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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.

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

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Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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.

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.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact the Course Coordinator who can assist you.