Creative Industries

CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design

Graphic designers create artwork and text layouts for reproduction in print and electronic media.

CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design is for people who want to develop fundamental skills in graphic design for print and web outcomes. The course develops your creative and technical skills so that you are able to solve real life design problems. The course can also lead to further studies at a Diploma level.

This course follows on from CUA30715 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals.  Some senior secondary college students, mature age career changers, apprentices/trainees may be eligible for direct entry to this course if they have previous design experience or training.

Career Opportunities

To ensure that participation in our courses assists you to gain employment we frequently meet and work in partnership with a wide range of industry representatives and services to review our training and assessment strategies to ensure that our courses reflect current industry practices and provide participants with skills that are highly valued by employers.

Graduates go on to work in the fields of print and web design, advertising, packaging, illustration, e-commerce and many, many more or undertake higher qualifications.

Graduates can apply for entry into the CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design program; this course will also provide graduates with entry-level skills suitable for pursuing a career in the design industry.

Dates and Times

Hunter Street Campus

  • Next Intake:  2019
  • Duration:  3 days per week
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:  24 July 2018
  • Duration:  3 days per week – Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Learning Options

Most of the learning experience is based on project based learning, where you work on real life projects often with real clients, or you work on simulated real life briefs. You are supported in this project-based work by workshops, demonstrations and coaching. eLearning supports are used to help manage and support your learning.


Due to the high number of applicants interested in the Design & Multimedia program and the limited student numbers, there is a three stage process. The application process involves the completion of an entry profile form, interview and portfolio presentation. During the application process the following will be considered.

  • Your portfolio in terms of your creative and visual thinking skills, and your portfolio as evidence of your ability to learn software quickly.
  • Your motivations for doing the course.
  • Whether or not the course is appropriate for you.

Software used in the course: In the Macintosh studio Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver & Final Cut Pro. In the PC studio Adobe CC.

Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments Occupational Health and Safety procedures must be followed.

Assessment takes place throughout the course.

Individual assessments include checklists, visual diaries, portfolios/evidence folders, assignments, research question and answer tasks and activity in class presentations on subjects relating to the course.

Observation assessment tools are used to assess competencies related to the simulated studio environment.


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Resources and Equipment

Extensive support services are available for students who experience difficulties with their course or having personal problems and require support. For further information about our services go to  You will also find other relevant information about services for students at this site.

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Are there any other fees?

South – Hunter Street
$45 for materials used in class that the student retains.

Qualification Requirements

To complete this qualification you need to complete 12 units, 7 core and 5 electives.

Please note that this course may be updated at any time and the information contained here is a guide only.





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