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Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

National Course Code: CUA30715


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Design Fundamentals prepares you to start a career in the creative industries. Specialise in your creative passion, get your foot in the door of the design industry, and develop the foundational skills to bring your artistic vision to life.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Utilise the basics of design from the initial process to completion
  • Use colour in design
  • Apply design principles to 2D and 3D forms
  • Research and apply design industry knowledge
  • Use drawing as a tool to express ideas


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Enthusiasm for design and creativity
  • A passion to enter the design industry
  • The ability to take direction
  • A collaborative team player spirit
  • Good communication skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate III qualification
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Assistant designer
  • Creative retail
  • Junior designer


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV Design
  • Diploma of Graphic Design
  • Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.


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Course details

People who are successful in this course have:

  • An enthusiasm for design and creativity
  • An ability to draw or illustrate is great, though not necessary
  • A passion to enter the design industry, though you might not be sure of the exact discipline
  • Collaborative team player spirit
  • The ability to take direction
  • Good communication skills

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned so far and identify what knowledge or skills need further development. In this course, the assessments are very practical, and involve both group and individual work.

This course, the Certificate III, is an entry-level qualification that will give you a strong foundation to begin your career in design at a junior level and go on to further study. It is a great program for both early school leavers and creative people who may be unsure how to get a foot in the door of the creative industries. You will learn broad design skills that introduce you to different creative fields and you will be prepared for success in the Certificate IV.

The Certificate IV in Design extends and develops your creative practice. Through your core units, you will hone your creative thinking, devise design solutions, interpret a design brief and integrate colour theory into your practice. It also allows you to specialise in a creative discipline, including graphic design, interior design, illustration, design for theatre and film, industrial design, jewellery design and fashion design.

Depending on your campus location, you may have the opportunity to participate in excursions that get behind the scenes in the design industry.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Hand drawing
  • Illustration techniques
  • 3D modelling and construction
  • Digital design
  • Working correctly with equipment and materials
  • Working with paints
  • Producing digital presentations

You will work on real world projects across different creative disciplines including, publishing, animation, digital design, packaging, illustration, film and television, printing, fashion and textiles, visual arts and jewellery making.

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

Everywhere you look, design exists. From the clothes we wear to the cars we drive, design thinking is present. It is a crucial skill and is transferable across all industries.

The knowledge of creative practices and processes fundamental to this course will help you think outside the square and problem solve on a physical, digital and conceptual level.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

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