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 digital 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.

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

Career Opportunities

This qualification provides a pathway to a career in design. There are limited job outcomes at this level, though in areas such as graphic and digital design there may be some employment opportunities as:

  • a junior design assistant
  • a finished artist
  • a freelance service provider.
  • Or in Advertising and Marketing

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

 CUA50715 – Diploma of Graphic Design 

Location, Dates and Times

Hunter Street Campus

  • Next Intake:   2020

Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:   2020

Attendance Options

Full time (Full time course are a minimum of 12 hours per week)

Learning Options

Most of the learning experience are project based learning. You work on real life projects sometimes 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. Delivery and assessments are conducted through face to face classes and TasTAFE’s online learning platform CANVAS.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.
Examples of assessments for this course may include:

  • Verbal questioning
  • Projects
  • Observations
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Presentations

Assessments take place throughout the course in a simulated studio environment

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

What will I need to bring?

Hunter Street Campus
Students are asked to provide:

  • USB flash drive
  • External hard drive and /or cloud-based storage
  • A3 or A4 Visual Diary
  • Sketching pencils
  • Pens, eraser, sharpener and glue stick

Alanvale Campus
Students are asked to provide:

  • USB flash drive
  • External hard drive and /or cloud-based storage
  • A3 or A4 Visual Diary
  • Sketching pencils
  • Pens, eraser, sharpener and glue stick
  • 300mm stainless steel ruler
  • Craft knife and scissors

Are there ‘other’ costs?

$45 for materials used in class that the student retains.

Essential Requirements

There are no essential entry requirements for this course.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • Creative and visual thinking skills

Ability use software related to design


It is desirable for all prospective students to attend an Information Session (see dates above) to get an overview of the course and anticipated outcomes.
Due to the high number of applicants interested in this program and the limited student numbers and computer access, all applicants are required to complete a suitability exercise and interview.
If available, applicants can also provide evidenced of their work/passion for staff to look at but is not essential to gain entry to this certificate.
During the interview process the following will be considered:

  • Your motivations for doing the course.
  • Whether or not the course is appropriate for you
  • Whether or not this course is the right level for you

Students who are not accepted into the course, will be provided counselling on other course options that will build their skills ready for possible entry into the next intake. Generally IT literacy is where skill level needs improvement and TasTAFE offers the following courses that use the same software required for this design qualification:
ICP31415 Cert III in Print Communications (online, 1yr FT)
CUA31015 Certificate III in Screen and Media (online 6months FT)

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


CUA40715-  Certificate IV in Design.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a CUA40715 – Certificate IV in Design, 15 units must be successfully completed.
These include 7 core units and 8 electives. Elective choice may vary across the two regions.


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