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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.


    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
    Kingswood Feb , Jul A$7,560
    Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$7,560
    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Kingswood Feb , Jul A$7,560
    Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$7,560


    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, 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
    • Studiosity - online access to a tutor


    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
    • 2 units must be selected from the electives listed below
    • 3 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate III or IV level.
    • Core Units
    • BSBDES201 Follow a design process
    • BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour
    • BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
    • BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
    • BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge
    • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
    • CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
    • BSBDES202 Evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry context
    • BSBDES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
    • BSBITU302 Create electronic presentations
    • BSBITU309 Produce desktop published documents
    • CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings
    • CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings
    • CUAACD304 Make scale models
    • CUACAL401 Experiment with techniques to produce calligraphy
    • CUACMP311 Implement copyright arrangements
    • CUADIG201 Maintain interactive content
    • CUADIG301 Prepare video assets
    • CUADIG302 Author interactive sequences
    • CUADIG303 Produce and prepare photo images
    • CUADIG304 Create visual design components
    • CUAGRD301 Prepare files for publication
    • CUAPHI302 Capture photographic images
    • CUAANM303 Create 3D digital models
    • CUAWRT301 Write content for a range of media
    • CUAIND304 Plan a career in the creative arts industry
    • CUAGRD302 Use typography techniques
    • CUAPHI303 Process photo images to work-print and file stage
    • CUAPPR301 Produce creative work
    • CUAPPR304 Participate in collaborative creative projects
    • ICPPRP221 Select and apply type
    • ICPPRP224 Produce pages using a page layout application
    • ICPPRP284 Produce PDF files for online or screen display
    • ICPPRP322 Digitise images for reproduction
    • ICPPRP324 Create pages using a page layout application
    • ICPPRP325 Create graphics using a graphics application
    • ICPPRP382 Produce computer image for screen printing
    • ICPPRP396 Generate high-end PDF files
    • ICTICT308 Use advanced features of computer 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:

    Be Recognised

    If you already have experience, skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.


    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.