Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

Course code: CUA30715

This course provides you with an introduction to the practice of graphic design and prepares you to enter a wide range of art and design courses at certificate, diploma and degree level.

Throughout the course, you will learn to follow the design process, produce and prepare images, and use DSLR photography and scanning techniques to create finished design pieces. You will be introduced to a wide variety of drawing and media techniques and materials. You will create projects using the Adobe suite of products, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

You will enhance your design skills by exploring layout and typography, and applying colour in a variety of contexts. You will also develop visual literacy through the maintenance of a visual diary and create illustrations, both manually and digitally. On successful completion of this course, you will have prepared a folio of design projects, learnt how to present them professionally and participated in an exhibition of your work.

Are you suitable?

Consider this course if you:

  • Are creative and like design
  • Enjoy and have basic skills in drawing and illustration
  • Are comfortable using computer software programs
  • Are keen to develop a portfolio

For more information about this course, download the Information Booklet.

  • Sample competencies covered in Units 1 & 2 include:
    • Explore the use of colour
    • Follow a design process
    • Produce digital images
  • Sample structure of Units 3 & 4 includes:
    • Students entering the second year of the course will build upon the skills and techniques of the previous units completed. Students will develop a folio of design work and participate in an exhibition of their work

Holmesglen Institute (Chadstone)

Box Hill Institute (Elgar Campuses)

Holmesglen Institute
RTO Number: 0416

Box Hill Institute
RTO Number: 4687

Box Hill Institute (Elgar Campus)
Year 1 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Year 2 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Holmesglen Institute (Chadstone Campus)
Year 1 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.30pm
Year 2 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Part Time / Face to Face

This is a two year course.

Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.

Work placement is not required.

Contact the VET Coordinator at your Secondary College for specific information regarding your College's application process. Your VET Coordinator and/or staff from your Secondary College will assist you with planning for your VCE or VCAL certificate and will advise you where a VET Course fits within this plan. They will also give you information about travel arrangements and any costs associated with VET Courses.

For information on the IMVC Application Process please go to About VET Delivered in Schools.

Contact your school to discuss fees for VET Courses.

VCAL: This program contributes to the Industry Specific Skills Strand and may also contribute to the Work Related Skills Strand.

VCE: Certificate III qualifications provide credit at VCE Units 1 to 4 level. Each completed 90 nominal hours of training provides one VCE unit of credit. Credit accrues in the following sequence: Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 3 and 4 up to a maximum of six VCE units.

ATAR: This subject does not have a study score and therefore cannot contribute towards the student’s primary four. Students who receive a Units 3 & 4 sequence may be eligible for a 10% increment towards their ATAR (10% of the lowest result of your primary four scaled studies).
Please note the student must already have English and three other fully scored VCE/VET subjects to create the primary four.

  • Graphic designer
  • Pre-press operator
  • Desktop publisher

Students are required to purchase basic drawing equipment to the value of approximately $100. Students may already have these items.