Certificate IV in Design
[Graphic Design or Interior Design]

Learn the fundamentals of design principles to start your career in Graphic Design

This is a nationally recognised and accredited training course that teaches the concepts of graphic design and its application in the contemporary design world. Taught by passionate tertiary and industry trained professionals, you will learn how to use skills, tools and processes to produce visual communication through creative graphic images for print reproduction and digital media.

Your skills are enhanced in the practical application of the Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop and Illustrator to work to the demands of clients to produce creative design solutions and begin developing a cutting-edge industry-relevant portfolio.

Students will learn practical skills in technical and conceptual design to finished art; the impact of colour on design dimensions; typography; graphic design skills; layout techniques; folio presentation; and much more.

On course completion, graduates will be eligible to study advanced graphic design techniques in the High Demand Skills' Diploma of Graphic Design or Diploma of Interior Design.


“Start with big dreams, by the time I’m done with you, you’ll know how to make it happen”


Where will this course take you?

Understanding the fundamentals of design is a valuable skill in just about any career.

Typically though, you may find work with either smaller design consultancies, print or publishing studios or PR agencies. You could also find yourself working in-house within a larger organisation within a marketing or communications department. Some graduates set up their own studios, after gaining some work experience, or even straight away.

What ever way you go the skills learnt in a design course will help you innovate, think conceptually and communicate in any position in any business.

Units of Competency


Core Units
BSBCRT411 Apply critical thinking to work practices
CUAACD411 Integrate colour theory and design processes
CUADES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
CUADES411 Generate design solutions
CUADES412 Interpret and respond to a design brief
CUAPPR411 Realise a creative project
CUAWHS312 Apply work health and safety practices
Elective Units - Graphic Design
ICPPRP4210 Compose and evaluate typography
CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative work
CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
ICPPRP224 Produce pages using a page layout application
CUAGRD411 Research and apply graphic design techniques
CUAMWB402 Manage feedback on creative practice
CUAIND411 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
CUAIND412 Provide freelance services
Elective Units - Interior Design
CUADRA401 Experiment with techniques to produce drawings
CUAACD313 Produce technical drawings
CUADES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
CUAPPR408 Integrate disability access and inclusion
CUADES413 Develop and extend design skills and practice
CUADES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge
CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements
CUAIND412 Provide freelance services


Who is this course for

Anyone wanting to start out in the design industry. No previous experience or studies in the design field are necessary to apply; all you need is a desire to create and innovate.


Possible career pathways include, but not limited to:

  • Art Gallery Assistant
  • Junior / Entry Level Graphic Designer
  • Residential Stylist



Course Duration – 12 Months

Applications Open 2023

12 months.

The course is mixed mode delivery of online and face-to-face learning, plus additional self-directed study.


Included is a design text book that covers the principles of design.


Students will be assessed throughout the course on a combination of both research assignments and practical projects.

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