International Course Info

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Course fee:

A$7,560 - A$8,310


0.5 Year


The Certificate III in Design Fundamentals equips you with the skills to start your career in junior roles in design studios, retail art spaces, galleries and arts administration.

Learn the guiding principles of design from concept to product and be challenged to create, make, illustrate and collaborate. You will experiment with digital design, 3D modelling and the application of a range of materials and equipment.

This course provides you with the opportunity to explore the foundations of different creative disciplines and mediums. Discover your design strengths and take the next step in your creative career.


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Through course work, you will learn to:

  • Use different colours in your designs
  • Apply design techniques to 2D and 3D shapes and forms
  • Use your drawings as a tool to express ideas and thoughts
  • Work safely and follow health and safety rules in the design industry
  • Research for the design industry


TAFE NSW is known for delivering practical training so you can uncover your creative specialisation:

  • Draw free hand illustrations
  • Learn a range of illustration techniques
  • Construct and manipulate 3D models
  • Design digital pieces
  • Manipulate paints to create different outcomes
  • Produce digital presentations


Stand out in a global job market by developing a range of professional skills that will give you the confidence to showcase your designs:

  • Communicate with co-workers, clients and peers
  • Learn to take direction
  • Work independently and collaboratively


The global market for design services is set to reach AUD $386 billion by 2022, which is a growth rate of 13%. Key areas of growth include sustainable design services, graphic design and emerging international markets.

Tech trends are also influencing the design services market with:

  • Increased use of virtual reality
  • Augmented reality
  • Online design services


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.


    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.

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    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$7,560
    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$8,310


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


    TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

    Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

    • 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


    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


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


    Take your career to the next level with a TAFE NSW Design study pathway:


    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.