CUA30720 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

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Why choose this course?

Start designing your creative career obtaining the skills to create and communicate design concepts with this qualification.

Learn how to evaluate design solutions and to communicate ideas effectively using design terminology and a wide variety of visual presentation techniques, materials and technologies.

During your studies you will gain the skills to create design processes to produce 2D and 3D forms, apply and use colour and produce drawings to communicate ideas.

On completion of this course you will have a great foundation for further study in a range of industries, such as interior design, graphic design, and visual arts.

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 10.

Your study options

Semester 2, 2024

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 2, 2024
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $550
  • Materials fee: $100

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course. 

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 12 units. These 12 are comprised of 7 core units and 5 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
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    Unit title
  • CUAACD311 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • CUADES201 Follow a design process
  • CUADES301 Explore the use of colour
  • CUADES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • CUADES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge
  • CUAPPR311 Produce creative work
  • CUAWHS312 Apply work health and safety practices
Elective units
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    Unit title
  • BSBTEC301 Design and produce business documents
  • CUADES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
  • CUADES423 Research and apply techniques in spatial design
  • CUADIG304 Create visual design components
  • ICPPRP333 Electronically combine complex images

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include gathering evidence that reflect entry level points in the design industry and emphasise the application of knowledge and skills to a broad range of design applications. Training and assessments allow for projects and planning activities to replicate authentic holistic tasks that may be performed in the relevant workplace. Knowledge and skills are also assessed holistically during the practical project work required of the students. Evidence of skills are also gathered in the form of observed performance, project outcomes and portfolio documents and knowledge will be tested through questioning both orally during presentations and in the writing of briefs, reports and business documents.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use the matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.


Learning resources may include access to learning plans, assessment tools, class notes, PowerPoint presentations and YouTube tutorials and a starter kit of basic art and design media is supplied to all students.

Facilities and equipment may include access to a design studio with display screens, presentation boards, Wi-Fi, Av screens, drafting tables, lecture theatres with AV technology and computer labs with both PC and MAC internet browsers.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).

For information about pathways from TAFE to university, view our Pathways to university page.

How to apply

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  1. find a course;
  2. check entry requirements;
  3. submit an application;
  4. accept your offer and pay;
  5. apply for your student visa; and
  6. receive your visa and come to Australia for your studies.
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TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider, for the delivery of training to international students, enrolled in a TAFE course in Western Australia. This nationally recognised course is delivered by a Western Australian TAFE college on TIWA's behalf. TIWA retains responsibility for the quality of the training and assessment delivered by the TAFE colleges and for the issue of certification documentation to students.

Last updated on May 18, 2023