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Certificate III in Design Fundamentals


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Certificate III in Design Fundamentals – CUA30715

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Course Overview

Do you dream of a creative career where you can bring your artistic talent to work every day? The Certificate III in Design Fundamentals is where it all begins. Fine tune your visual instincts and natural talent, and become a qualified Junior Graphic Design Assistant.

You'll gain core skills in:

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

You'll learn to produce digital images and apply graphic design techniques, as well as how to follow a design process and prepare files for publication across both web and print.

This course is delivered on campus.

Career Pathways

This course will prepare you to work in the design industry as a qualified Junior Graphic Designer.

Armed with essential design skills and a solid understanding of design principles, you'll have the opportunity to take your skills to a variety of locations as a freelancer, or work across a range of different industries as an in-house designer.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Starts 1st July, 3 Days a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019

Starts Mon 17th Feb, 3 days a week (Mon,Tue,Thur), 9am - 4pm / 2020

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Starts 1st July, 3 Days a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019

Starts Mon 17th Feb, 3 days a week (Mon,Tue,Thur), 9am - 4pm / 2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2020 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

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

For VET in Schools courses, please ask your School's VET coordinator or Careers advisor to apply for this course.

Core Units
Follow a design process
Explore the use of colour
Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
Source and apply design industry knowledge
Contribute to health and safety of self and others
Produce drawings to communicate ideas
Elective Units
Produce digital images
Prepare files for publication
Research and apply graphic design techniques
Develop and refine illustrative work
Capture photographic images
Select and apply type

Assessment methods may include:

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

Material fees apply to this program. Students to supply their own basic tools and equipment (tape, glue, pencils etc.). A list of these tools and equipment is supplied to students during the Pre-Training Review. Students are responsible for paying for their own printing.

Deanne Bramley
Campus: Shepparton

Michele Hoffman
Campus: Wangaratta

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.

On-campus full-time students attend 3 days per week for 1 Semester; trainees will attend 1 day per week all year.

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

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

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

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

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

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.

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