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Certificate IV in Design


Certificate IV in Design – CUA40715

Course Overview

Harness your creative talent and perfect your practice with the Certificate IV in Design. Learn core design processes, master typography, and fine-tune your creative thinking skills.

You'll gain advanced skills in digital imaging and producing technical drawings, and create print and web files in various formats.

You'll also learn important techniques for dealing with clients and stakeholders. Learn how to read between the lines when interpreting a design brief to understand what the client really wants, as well as how to successfully collaborate with designers and non-designers alike.

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

Shepparton - Fryers Street

On Campus - Starts on 17/02/2021 - 3 days a week - 9am to 5pm / 2021

On Campus - Starts on 19/07/2021 - 3.5 days a week - 9am to 5pm / 2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Starts Mon 20th July, 3.5 days a week, 9am - 5pm / 2020

On Campus - Starts on 17/02/2021 - 3 days a week - 9am to 5pm / 2021

On Campus - Starts on 19/07/2021 - 3.5 days a week - 9am to 5pm / 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
Produce complex desktop published documents
Produce technical drawings
Develop digital imaging skills
Experiment with techniques to produce drawings
Prepare files for publication
Use typography techniques
Produce PDF files for online or screen display
Create graphics using a graphics application
Design complex carton

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.

Each week there are 2.5 days of attendance, made up of classes from 9am - 4 & 5 pm; and a half day 9am - 12pm; approximately 18 hours of classes per week

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

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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