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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 - Archer Street

Public - Starts on 21/07/2020 - 2 Days Tues and Fri - 9am to 5pm / 2020

Shepparton - Fryers Street

VETDSS - Starts Wednesday 17/02/2021 - 9am to 3pm / 2021

Starts Mon 15th Feb, 3 days a week (Mon,Tue,Thur), 9am - 4pm / 2021

Traineeship - Open from 15/02/2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Traineeship - Open from 15/02/2021

VETDSS - Starts Wednesday 17/02/2021 - 9am to 3pm / 2021

Starts Mon 15th Feb, 3 days a week (Mon,Tue,Thur), 9am - 4pm / 2021

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

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 2021 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.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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
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 tools for collaboration and engagement
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.

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 submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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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