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Certificate IV in Design

National Course Code: CUA40715


The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Design gives you the opportunity to explore a creative career while learning the essentials of design principles. Study in purpose-built studios, workspaces and galleries to go onto to further study or work in this dynamic field.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, 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


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Creativity
  • An ability to draw and conceptualise
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • The ability to take direction and follow a brief
  • An enthusiasm for design and creativity
  • Great communication skills


Completing this course provides you with:

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

Career opportunities:

  • Furniture design assistant
  • Junior graphic design assistant
  • Interior design assistant
  • Jewellery design assistant
  • Textile studio assistant
  • Fashion studio assistant
  • Art supplies retail assistant
  • Gallery volunteer


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Graphic Design
  • Diploma of Live Production Design
  • Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
  • Advanced Diploma of Live Production and Management Services

Or advance your creative technique with the Bachelor of Creative Practice with TAFE NSW Degrees.

This course is superseded.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.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • Creativity and design thinking skills
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • The ability to take direction and follow a brief
  • The ability to draw and conceptualise
  • An enthusiasm for design and creativity
  • Great 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.

The Certificate III in Design Fundamentals is an entry level qualification that will give you a strong foundation to either begin your career in design or go on to further design 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, allowing you to get a taste of different creative fields and be set up for success when you go on to further study in the Certificate IV in Design.

The Certificate IV in Design is a broad base creative course. Select the creative discipline that suits your design strengths or follow on from previous study in a discipline specific field.

Creative disciplines include:

  • Fashion
  • Graphic design
  • Interior design
  • Production and entertainment
  • Jewellery
  • Textile and printing

The course helps prepare students for further study in a particular creative field.

Depending on your campus location you may have the opportunity to participate in excursions and incursions that give you an insight into the design industry.

There are excursions to graphic design agencies, paper suppliers and there are often guest speakers who join us to share their knowledge and expertise.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Hand drawing
  • Digital illustration techniques
  • 3D construction
  • Digital design
  • Working correctly with equipment and materials
  • Working with various mediums and products
  • Producing digital presentations

You will work on real world projects that are related to the design stream you choose and these can include publishing, animation, digital design, packaging, illustration, film and television, set design, prop design, printing, fashion and textiles, visual arts and jewellery .

Examples of real world projects
In Production and Entertainment Design you will design and produce sets, create puppets and use make-up.

In Graphic Design you will design logos, create corporate branding and identity and design for social media.

In Jewellery Design you will create wearable art, costume jewellery and a range of jewellery items.

In Textile Design you will be designing a garment, making the garment, costume design.

Depending on your campus location you may have the opportunity to participate in mid-year and end of year exhibitions and youll graduate with a portfolio of work.

Expand your ideas and explore new techniques in purpose-built studios, work spaces and galleries.

You will have access to industry specific computer rooms, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities available at most TAFE NSW campuses.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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

There are many creative industry jobs that require higher level study as entry however this qualification could help you gain work placement as either a junior or assistant designer or even possibly working within the creative retail space.

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

This course is superseded

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