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International Course Info

Course code:

CUA30720

Course fee:

A$8,310

Duration

0.5 Year

OVERVIEW

The Certificate III in Design Fundamentals equips you with a strong foundation to begin your career in design or, go on to further study in design.

You'll learn the essentials from colour theory basics to 2D form modelling, and work with a range of materials and equipment. Following learning the guiding principles of design, you'll be challenged to create, make, illustrate and collaborate.

At TAFE NSW, we replicate industry conditions for authentic learning, so you'll gain proficiency in industry-standard programs like Adobe Creative Cloud and Computer Aided Design (CAD). Customise your journey with electives tailored to your design interest and step into the design world ready for success.






LEARN NEW SKILLS

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

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

GAIN PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

Build your experience and get practical skills in: 

  • Hand illustration techniques
  • 2D modelling and construction
  • Digital design
  • Working correctly with equipment and materials
  • Working with paints
  • Producing digital presentations

DEVELOP YOUR PROFESSIONAL CONFIDENCE

Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • Enthusiasm for design and creativity
  • An ability to draw or illustrate
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Good communication skills

CAREER PATHWAYS

This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Junior Furniture Designer
  • Interior Design Assistant
  • Jewellery Design Assistant
  • Junior Art Administration Officer
  • Textile Studio Assistant

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL (iBT) 60 or equivalent
  • Or Completion of a TAFE NSW English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

  • TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

    To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

    • A passion for being creative
    • An interest in drawing and graphic design
    • Curiosity in learning about the graphic design industry

    If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

    No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

    STARTING DATES, COURSE FEES AND LOCATIONS

    From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

    Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$8,310
    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$8,310

    ADDITIONAL COSTS

    Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.

    CAMPUS FACILITIES AND SUPPORT

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

    We offer a range of support services including: 

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service 
    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) support 
    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling, and Pathways Service  
    • Smarthinking – online access to a tutor 
    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills



    COURSE STRUCTURE AND UNITS

    To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

    Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

    • Packaging Rules Total number of units = 12
    • 7 core units plus
    • 5 elective units, of which:
    • 3 must be from the electives listed below
    • 2 may be from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course.
    • Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification,
    • Core Units
    • CUAACD311 - Produce drawings to communicate ideas
    • CUADES201 - Follow a design process
    • CUADES301 - Explore the use of colour
    • CUADES302 - Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
    • CUADES304 - Source and apply design industry knowledge
    • CUAPPR311 - Produce creative work
    • CUAWHS312 - Apply work health and safety practices
    • CUAACD314 - Make scale models
    • CUADES303 - Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
    • CUADES305 - Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
    • CUAPPR314 - Participate in collaborative creative projects
    • ICPPRP3250 - Create graphics using graphics applications

    KEEP LEARNING WITH TAFE NSW

    From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.

    STUDY PATHWAYS

    Strengthen your expertise with a TAFE NSW design study pathway:


    STUDY PACKAGES

    Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

    TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.


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