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Certificate III in Design Fundamentals


Certificate III in Design Fundamentals CUA30715

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, as a traineeship, or as part of the VETDSS program.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

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

VETDSS - Starts on 2nd February, Wednesday, 9am - 3.15pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

VETDSS - Starts on 2nd February, Wednesday, 9am - 3.15pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, 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.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

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:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to ensure the course suits your needs and aspirations, and that you are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • 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.
  • For VETDSS students, 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
Shoot material for screen productions
Prepare video assets
Produce digital images
Prepare files for publication
Research and apply graphic design techniques
Develop and refine illustrative work
Capture photographic images
Produce creative work
Select and apply type
Create graphics using a graphics application
Set up and produce 3D prints
Use social media in a business

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.

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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 students and trainees will have access to the studio and equipment (including computers and software) outside of scheduled classes and are able to work on assessments/projects at their own pace on these days.

On-campus: Students attend campus 3 days per week over 6 months. There are approximately 18 hours of classes per week.

Trainees: This course runs full-time over 12 months. Students may need to attend classes 1 day per week or as required. This will be discussed during trainee sign up and training plan negotiation.

VETDSS: Students attend one day per week over the course of two years.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

Learn more about our learning support services


Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

Find how to reach out to our library in Shepparton

Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

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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Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (CUA30715)

Fine tune your visual instincts and natural talent with the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals.