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Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

  • National Course Code: CUA30715
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA30715-01V02-19HNB-232

Location – Hornsby College (Fashion)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Hours Per Week



1 Semester

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are developing a broad range of technical and conceptual design skills and who take responsibility for own outputs in work and learning. Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of introductory design theory and history.

Licensing/Regulatory Information
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification.
This course is intended to introduce design concepts to students who wish to undertake an introductory fashion design course.
In addition to your classes on campus, you should expect to study between 12 to 22 hours per week. The exact amount will vary based on a number of factors including your previous study and experience.

This course is intended to introduce design concepts to students who wish to undertake an introductory fashion design course. Typical applicants:
- those who have an interest in fashion design
- those wishing to re-introduce themselves into study
- early high school leavers (with RoSA)
- those wishing to progress into other design disciplines other than Graphic Design

You will learn about the history and theory of fashion design and the contemporary design industry. You will research, explore and experiment by producing drawings both by hand and computer and learn how to safely apply the design process to 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional work, based on a design brief. ?You will learn to identify fabrics which will have practical outcomes for the fashion industry.

The course covers topics including design fashion research, concept development, exploration of the fashion design process, colour theory, drawing and presentation skills and design in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional contexts and media. Please note material costs are involved in doing this course.

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You will need to attend 18 hours of class a week over 3 days for 1 semester. ?Indicative timetable: Monday 12:00 - 4:30, Tuesday 9:00 - 4:30pm and Friday 9:00 - 4:30pm.Times may vary sightly according to room availability.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience your fee may decrease from the maximum shown.
Payment by instalment may also be available. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

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Incidental Cost
  • Student Association - $20.00

Enrolments will open from 14 October 2019 for our February 2020 intake.

To find out more information on this course including the next start date, submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page, or call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

*Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

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Core Units
Number Title
BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
BSBDES201 Follow a design process
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
Elective Units
Number Title
MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
CUAPPR304 Participate in collaborative creative projects
ICPPRP224 Produce pages using a page layout application
CUADIG304 Create visual design components
CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Hornsby Campus
205 Peats Ferry Road, Hornsby
Phone 131 601

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