Explore a creative career and learn the essentials of design principles in this exciting course. Depending on your campus location, specialise in general design, graphic design, fashion design, jewellery design and more.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Generate design solutions to meet client needs
Research and apply information using the history and theory of design
Work with colour processes and colour theory
Realise a creative project from start to finish
Be aware of the health and safety of yourself and others in the workplace
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Manage design projects to complete client briefs, utilising industry-specific programs, equipment and materials
Meet creative and commercial design needs
Collaborate with creative peers and establish a network of professional contacts
A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Have Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level
Have a strong interest in areas of creative design
The ability to draw and create graphics
A passion for creating visual designs, either hand-drawn on paper or through digital programs
Have good collaborative skills and are able to work on creative design in a team environment
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.
If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals create visual two- and three-dimensional concepts and forms through painting, drawing, carving, sculpting, modelling, printmaking, video, multimedia, found objects, ephemera, soundscapes and other media to communicate concepts and ideas.
High to very high
Other jobs include: Junior graphic design assistant, Interior design assistant, Jewellery design assistant, Textile studio assistant, Fashion studio assistant and Gallery volunteer
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
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.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Design qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 Units of competency, including 7 core and 8 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.
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
On campus, online and blended study environments; at TAFE NSW your learning works with your lifestyle. Heart your favourites, compare courses and discover what works for you.