CUA40715: Intensive

Certificate IV in Design

Specialising in Graphic Design

Get the foundations of design right and start your career in Graphic Design in just 3 months.

A nationally recognised and accredited training program teaching the foundations 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.

In this intensive program, you have the valuable bonus of critical feedback at each assessment point from industry professionals who will give you useful insider tips and guidance on developing your skills.

This program will enhance your skills through the practical application of the Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign working to the demands of clients, producing 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.

To further your skills, all students taking our Certificate IV in Graphic Design (Intensive) course will be given access to three of our Professional Development modules, free of charge.

On course completion, graduates will be eligible to study advanced graphic design techniques in the Hunter Design School’s Diploma in Graphic Design. There are also internship opportunities at Hunter Design School for outstanding students.

Note: the same curriculum is available via our Certificate IV in Graphic Design (Part-time) course on a part-time basis over 12 months.

“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?

This is more than a course in Design . . .  Set in a design studio environment, you will learn and experience everything required for you to work in this dynamic 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

BSBCRT301 – Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
BSBDES305 – Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
BSBDES401 – Generate design solutions
BSBDES402 – Interpret and respond to a design brief
BSBDES403 – Develop and extend design skills and practice
BSBWHS201 – Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAACD401 – Integrate colour theory and design processes
CUADIG304 – Create visual design components
CUADIG403 – Create user interfaces
CUAGRD401 – Research and apply Graphic Design techniques
CUAGRD302 – Use typography techniques
CUAGRD502 – Produce graphic designs for 2D and 3D applications
CUAPPR401 – Realise a creative project
ICPPRP325 – Create graphics using graphics application

Who is this course for

Anyone wanting to start out in the design industry

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

3 months, five days a week, 9.30am-3.30pm.
450 hours in total over 12 weeks.


15 Units will be assessed throughout duration of the course. The assessor will be joined by Industry Experts giving each student critical feedback and recommendation.


Included is a design text book that covers all the content on this course.