CUA30715 - Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

Graphic Design

Complete this Qualification with the Certificate 3 Guarantee Funding for eligible students! Funded by the QLD government.

Part Time Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

The world of graphic design is a very exciting and diverse one. What better way to get a grounding in the elements and principles of graphic design than with a Certificate III? The overview of the fundamentals of graphic design you receive in this course is a great pathway to a Diploma of Graphic Design (credit will be recognised). It will give you a head start in your career and help choose aspects you wish to focus on.

Over the duration of the course, you will work on industry standard design briefs that will help you learn to think like a professional graphic designer. At the beginning of the course you will be introduced at a grass-roots level to what graphic design is, and what you will do as a designer. You will cover both digital (web page and app design) and print based designs (magazines, flyers, packaging, etc.).

You will discover where photography, layout and illustration fit into graphic design using the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. You will be taught how to use these programs but you are expected to have a good grounding in the use of computers prior to starting this course.

In order to successfully complete this course, you should expect to complete some work in your own time. This will include undertaking library and internet research, completing projects, and practicing the skills and knowledge covered by the course.

Topic Areas Covered:

  • Working in the design industry
  • Colour theory
  • Elements and principles of design
  • Colour as a design element
  • Design conceptualisation
  • Portfolio development
  • Layout, illustration, and editing skills using Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator
  • Basics of typography

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Have your experience recognised and increase your employment prospects by enrolling in Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Through RPL you could reduce the duration of your studies. Get the recognition you deserve and enquire about RPL today.

RPL assessed on a case by case basis, so it is only available on application. Students will be charged $200 per unit of competency.

Course Outcomes

This qualification prepares students for design learning at higher levels across a broad range of graphic design principles.

VET In Schools

This course is suitable for high school students to complete as part of the 'VET in Schools' program. The course has been structured so that the finish date is in accordance with the VET reporting dates to the Qld Studies Authority to allow students in Year 12 to have this course contribute to their high school certificate.

Students who are going in to year 10, 11 or 12 and are interested in completing this course, should contact us to receive the course enrolment pack. We recommend that they then visit their school careers councilor or VET coordinator to discuss their interest in undertaking the course with them, prior to enrolling.

As this is a certificate III program, successful completion of this course will enable students to obtain 8 points towards their senior certificate.

Course Duration:

The course runs one day a week over 1 year, 9am - 3:30pm

Term Dates

Click on the arrows below to go forward or backward through each intake's term dates. Please note that term dates are subject to change, please contact us to confirm future dates if required.

Gold Coast

May INTAKE 2018

Term 1
28th May 18
10th Dec 18
Term 2
14th Jan 19
29th Apr 19

August INTAKE 2017

Term 1
11th Aug 17
25th Aug 17
Term 2
8th Sep 17
15th Dec 17
Term 3
2nd Feb 18
23rd Mar 18
Term 4
20th Apr 18
3rd Aug 18
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Required Equipment & Additional Costs:

  • Student ID ($25)
  • A Laptop Computer with required software is required for this course - see detailed requirements below
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (student version - $17.99 a month - assistance will be given with signing up
  • Printing & photocopying by student.
  • Basic stationery
  • Keyboard & Mouse
  • Visual Diary - A3 or A4
  • USB Thumb Drive (2GB recommended minimum)
  • Graphic Design Course Kit ($30)


Students accepted into the program will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following minimum specifications are required:

  • Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Minimum 4Gb RAM
  • 2.5Ghz or faster processor
  • Web Browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari) (free online)
  • Anti Virus - Students will not be allowed to connect to our network without Anti Virus software installed and activated.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher (require Word, Excel, and Powerpoint)

* Please check software manufacturers minimum system requirements. Student pricing available.

Course Fees

Upon enrolling in the course, the student (and guarantor/s) becomes liable to the institute for the full course fees.

Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (Graphic Design) - Part Time:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $3,900.00
  • Balance paid in weekly direct debit instalments (with integraPAY) over course duration: $3,510.00
Certificate 3 Guarantee

This course is eligible for funding under the QLD Certificate 3 Guarantee. If you meet the eligibility requirements the Queensland Government will fund the majority of your tuition fees and you will only be required to pay the student co-contribution fee.

Student Co-Contribution Fee: $800

Concession: $390

Enrolment Procedure:

To enrol in this course you must download the Enrolment Pack. If you are unable to download or open this file, please phone us on (07) 55 938 335 to have one posted to you.

Next Course Starts:

Part Time Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

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