Certificate III in Design Fundamentals


This HDS VET Course for Secondary Students has been designed to complement and build on existing Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education subjects in creative disciplines, and allows enthusiastic students to further develop practical skills and insight into the design industries.

Successful completion of CUA30720 counts towards the Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education and appears on the student’s Record of Achievement. However, it does not count in the calculation of the ATAR.


The units of competency in the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals have been structured and sequenced to ensure the sound pedagogical development of skills over the duration of the course. Some units have been clustered for delivery and assessment. Students can select one of two specialist options – Interior Design or Graphic Design.

On completion, students will receive a nationally recognised qualification providing a pathway into further studies with the HDS up to an Advance Diploma, or give credit for entry into university. Career paths would include areas such as graphic design, digital media, visual communications, interior design, visual merchandising and more.

Units of Competency

Core Units
CUAACD311 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
CUADES201 Follow a design process
CUADES301 Explore the use of colour
CUADES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
CUADES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge
CUAPPR311 Produce creative work
CUAWHS312 Apply work health and safety practices
Elective Units
CUADES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
CUAPHI312 Capture photographic images
CUAACD312 Produce computer-aided drawings
CUAGRD311 Prepare files to print
CUAGRD312 Use typographic techniques


Who is this course for

For those wanting to start a career in Design

Study pathway from the qualification leads to CUA40720 Certificate IV in Design



Course Duration

Applications Open for 2023

9 months (School Leavers)

18 months (Year 11 students)


The course is mixed mode delivery of online and face-to-face learning.

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