Certificate IV in Design

Course Code: CUA40715
Study Area:
Creative Arts and Digital Media

Start date: February 2020

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 basic design principles and elements, drawing, typography, colour theory, 2D and 3D exploration and techniques, use of design software and creative thinking skills.

  • Bendigo TAFE City Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - 12 months, Face to Face


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Students completing this course will be able to find employment as a junior design assistant or independent freelance designer.


Course overview


This course is designed for students developing foundation skills in preparation for a career as a Graphic Designer or students creating a folio of original design work so they can apply for other design focussed courses such as Bendigo TAFE’s Diploma of Graphic Design.

You will learn the fundamentals of design and layout, drawing, typography, visual communication, illustration and designing for the web.

You will engage in studio based learning and produce work in response to a client brief.

You will work in a studio environment and learn to respond to the needs of your clients, to plan your daily workflow and how to collaborate creatively.

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

You will develop a folio of your original design work.


Through hands-on experience you will learn the roles of industry-standard applications within Adobe Creative Cloud.

You will develop the foundation skills required to effectively use software such as Adobe’s InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, XD and Dimension.


Your course is delivered in clusters of units designed to give you hands-on instruction in the range of techniques and tasks you can expect to experience in industry.

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Literacy and Numeracy assessment, interview and presentation of 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
  • Classroom in a studio-based environment. Individual and group work

Key study areas

Drawing Foundations

  • CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • BSBDES305 Source & apply information on the history and theory of design

Design Foundations

  • BSBCRT301 Develop & extend critical and creative thinking skills
  • BSBDES401 Generate design solutions

Illustration Foundations

  • CUAILL401 Develop & refine illustrative work
  • CUAACD401 Integrate colour theory & design processes

2D Design

  • BSBDES302 Explore & apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • CUADIG405 Produce innovative digital images

Designing for Screens

  • CUADIG304 Create visual design components
  • BSBDES402 Interpret & respond to a design brief

3D Design

  • BSBDES303 Explore & apply the creative design process to 3D forms
  • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health & safety of self and others

Designing Brand Identity

  • CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project
  • CUAGRD302 Use typography techniques
  • CUAGRD401 Research & apply graphic design techniques

Further study opportunities
  • Students completing the Certificate IV in Design can apply for and undertake the 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
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*$527.67
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.

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