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Certificate IV in Design


Certificate IV in Design CUA40715

Course Overview

Harness your creative talent and learn the essentials of design thinking, principles, and applications with the Certificate IV in Design. Learn core design processes, master typography, and fine-tune your creative thinking skills.

The course will teach you how to bring your design concepts to life through digital imaging, technical drawings, and 3D models; working across various mediums to develop a portfolio of work to share with prospective employers.

You'll also learn how to generate design solutions to meet client needs, how to read between the lines when interpreting a design brief, and how to successfully collaborate within a creative team.

This course is available as part of the JobTrainer initiative for eligible students.

Focus Areas

1. Graphic Design

From the clothes we wear to the cars we drive – Graphic Design skills are in demand across many industries. You can choose to focus your Certificate IV in Design in Graphic Design, honing your creative and technical design skills to become a visual storyteller.

Aspects of this course will cover drawing, 2D and 3D design work, typography, publication layout design, photography, illustration work, and pattern design.

Students will be challenged with innovative projects, providing the opportunity to build upon their skill base across a range of requirements.

2. Jewellery and Object Design

Want to bedazzle your future? You can learn from the gems in the industry by focusing your Certificate IV in Design in Jewellery and Object Design.

Take your design from concept to three-dimensional form and use your creativity to stamp your identity on current trends. You will be introduced to a multitude of techniques, materials and creative practices including, moulding, casting, drawing, history and theory and portfolio and presentation.

Highly qualified and experienced teachers will guide students through the creative processes to develop their own artistic voice and command of a range of core skills and knowledge needed to design and craft jewellery and 3D objects. With an emphasis on contemporary trends, the program will prepare students for employment in the jewellery/object designer workplace or for self-employment with a focus on their own studio practice.

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 Design Assistant or Junior Graphic Design Assistant.

Armed with essential design and creative thinking skills, you'll have the opportunity to further your knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Visual Arts and Craft and Design industry.

Further Study

After successful completion of this course you may wish to pursue further training and complete the CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Jewellery and Object Design - 13th July, Tue/Fri - 9am - 4pm / 2021

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. 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:

  • 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
  • It is a requirement to present examples of at least 8-10 pieces of creative work
  • 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.

Core Units
Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
Generate design solutions
Interpret and respond to a design brief
Contribute to health and safety of self and others
Integrate colour theory and design processes
Realise a creative project
Elective Units
Collaborate in a creative process
Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
Produce complex desktop published documents
Produce computer-aided drawings
Produce technical drawings
Experiment with moulding and casting techniques
Create observational drawings
Create 2D digital animations
Research and apply techniques for the design of wearable objects
Develop digital imaging skills
Experiment with techniques to produce drawings
Prepare files for publication
Use typography techniques
Develop and refine illustrative work
Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery
Capture photographic images
Experiment with techniques to produce wood objects
Create graphics using a graphics application
Use advanced features of computer applications

Assessment methods include:

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

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.

If you decide to take the graphic design focus area of this course, you will attend classes 2.5 days per week, from 9am - 4 & 5 pm; and a half day 9am - 12pm; approximately 18 hours of classes per week.

For the Jewellery and Object Design focus area of this course, you will attend classes 2 days per week, from 9am - 4pm.

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

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.

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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.

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Disability support

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

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Counselling services

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

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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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