Certificate IV In Design

Course Code: CUA40715
Study Area:
Graphic Design

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, interactive learning (using a mix of live demonstrations and the ability to connect with your classmates and teachers for support) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements – where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course. Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports. You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

Your Career as a Graphic Designer starts here.

A starting point for your graphic design career, you will learn about design briefs, creative thinking and design solutions. Key study areas include design principles and elements, drawing, typography, colour theory, document design, designing for web and social media advertising, 3D design, use of industry-standard design software and creative thinking skills.

Start date: 15/02/2021

End date: 3/12/2021 

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If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible to study this course for free or low-fee through JobTrainer. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees and materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure

Full time 12 months Face to face.

Monday to Wednesday from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers

Students completing this course will be able to find employment as a junior designer or independent freelance designer.


A portfolio of graphic design and an interview. Students are also required to complete a Pre-Training Review which may include a Literacy and Numeracy test.

Course overview

Certificate IV in Design (CUA40715) is a nationally accredited course designed for students developing a creative folio of individual work they can use as an entry point into the workforce or apply for other design focused study like Bendigo TAFEs Diploma of Graphic Design.

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers.

They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as press, magazine and web advertisements, brochures, flyers, posters, websites and corporate reports.

Graphic design is about using visual communication to inspire, inform and problem-solve. Its the role of a Graphic Designer to determine how to send a message and evoke a response through colour, texture,images and symbols.

You will work in a studio environment, learn to plan your daily workflow and how to collaborate creatively.

To complement your creative and technical skills, you will graduate with employability skills, know how to deliver to a deadline, and manage a project.

You will also develop a portfolio of your original work.

Core and Elective Units

To be awarded the qualification you must successfully complete seven core units and eight elective units. Your course is delivered face-to-face with clusters of units designed to give you hands-on instruction in a range of design techniques you can expect in the graphic design industry.

Study Areas

  • Drawing foundations
  • Design foundations
  • Illustration foundations
  • 2D design
  • Designing for screens
  • 3D design
  • Designing brand identity

You will be regularly assessed during the course to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required. Assessments may include practical project-work, written and oral tasks.

Your course is classroom centred in a studio-based environment in which you will study individually and occasionally in groups, you will use industry-standard equipment and the latest digital design software.

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE.

Selection process

Literacy and numeracy assessment, interview and presentation of a folio.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical.

Learning options

Key study areas

Further study opportunities

Students completing the Certificate IV in Design can undertake Bendigo TAFE’s Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA50715).


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,638.35
Concession - average total course fee*$529.10
Full fee - average total course fee*$8,286.85
B.   Materials average fee**$286.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$143.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 24/11/2020 11:00 PM

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