CUA40715: Part-time

Certificate IV in Design

Specialising in Colour and Design

Learn how to craft, empower and enact positive interactions, by becoming a professional agent of change.

This is a nationally recognised training course that teaches the concepts of colour and design and their application in the contemporary design world. Taught by passionate tertiary and industry trained professionals, this course provides you with extensive colour knowledge, effective design skills and creative confidence, preparing you for our specialised Diplomas. The design course is a pathway to an exciting career in colour and design to begin working in your own small business or as a sole practitioner or consultant freelancer.

The course blends the principles and elements of design with individual creativity and problem solving skills to conceptualise and implement design solutions.

This course provides a sound foundation and education for students who aspire to join such industries as: interior design and styling, colour design and consulting, landscape and garden design, visual art, graphic design, fashion design, theatre and exhibition.

“The details are not in the details. They make the design.”

Units of Competency

BSBCRT301 Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process
BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge
BSBDES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
BSBDES401 Generate design solutions
BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
CUAACD304 Make scale models
CUAACD401 Integrate colour and design processes
CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project
MSFID4015 Prepare a materials and finishes board for client presentation

Who is this course for

Anyone wanting to start out in the design industry.

This course will assist to identify what field of design you are passionate about.

Hunter Design School offers further studies in Colour Consulting, Event Styling, Interior Design and Graphic Design.

Entry Requirements

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

Course Duration – 11 Months

Expression of Interest for mid-year 2019

11 months, Tuesday 10am-1pm.

The course is mixed mode delivery of 90 hours of face-to-face learning over 30 weeks, plus additional self-directed study of 20 hours per week.


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


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