National code: CUA30720

Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

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Overview About this course

Follow your artistic passion and start a career in the vibrant creative industries. Depending on your campus location, specialise in general design, graphic design, fashion design, visual arts, photography, ceramics, and more.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Utilise the basics of design from the initial process to completion
    • Use and explore colour in design
    • Apply design principles to 2D forms
    • Research and apply design industry knowledge
    • Use drawing as a tool to express and communicate ideas

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

    • Manage design projects to meet client briefs, utilising industry-specific programs, equipment and materials
    • Establish a network of creative peers and contacts
    • Realise a creative project from conception to completion
    • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • A passion for being creative
    • An interest in drawing and graphics
    • A keen interest in learning about the design industry
    • Some experience in visual arts or design technology, either at school or self-taught
    • The ability to have basic computing skills
    • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level
  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: - Junior assistant fashion designer, - Junior assistant textile designer, - Junior interior designer, - Junior art administration officer, - Junior graphic designer and - Junior furniture designer

Study pathways

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Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Design Fundamentals does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 12 Units of competency, including 7 core and 5 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Source and apply design industry knowledge CUADES304

  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms CUADES302

  • Explore the use of colour CUADES301

  • Follow a design process CUADES201

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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