CUA40715: Part-time

Certificate IV in Design

Specialising in Graphic Design

Learn the fundamentals of design ready 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 Hunter Design School’s Diploma of Graphic 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

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
CUAIND402 Provide Freelance Services
CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative work
CUAGRD302 Use typography techniques
CUAGRD502 Produce graphic designs for 2D and 3D applications
CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project
CUAGRD301 Prepare files for publication
ICPPRP325 Create graphics using graphics application

Who is this course for

Anyone wanting to start out in the design industry.

Possible career pathways include, but not limited to:

  • Graphic Design Assistant

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

Applications now open for 2020.

11 months, one evening per week, 6pm-9pm.

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.