Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

Certificate III   NRT
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Start date:
Mon 17 Jul 2017
 –   St George
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  • Design Fundamentals course details

    Course description and aims

    This course provides an introductory level pathway to a career in design. It is for people who want to develop fundamental skills in design to prepare for further study at a higher level, and provides skills across a broad range of disciplines.

    Learners can explore aspects of specific design disciplines which can be extended upon with further study in Certificate IV in Design.

    Sydney Institute offers the following Certificate III in Design specialisations;
    * General Design, Jewellery Design @ Design Centre Enmore
    * Graphic Design @ St George College
    * Fashion Design @ Ultimo College
    * Architectural Technology @ Ultimo College

    Course outcomes and careers

    Multi Discipline Design, Jewellery Design, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Architectural Design.
    There are limited job outcomes at this level, however there may be some employment opportunities working in junior roles in entertainment design sectors.


    Learners wishing to continue their study can use this course as a direct path into the Certificate IV in Design course. This course can also assist with entry into interior design, fashion/costume design, architecture, film and theatre, make-up, events design and management, and editing courses.

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

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    St George
    Full Time
    Course type:
    Graphic Design
    Course start:
    Mon 17 Jul 2017
    Course duration:
    1 Semester
    Financial Assistance:
    Smart & Skilled
    16 Hours per week
    Smart and Skilled Second Qual:
    Smart and Skilled First Qual:
    Course Fee:
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    About offering:


    This course explores a range of skills including Graphic Design elements and principles, colour and media, graphic illustration, digital technologies, typography, surface art, art direction and presentation skills.
    On successful completion of this course, you will have developed a fundamental grounding in creative practice.


    Attend the following information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps

    Wednesday 14 June from 3:00pm to 4:00pm and Wednesday 21 June 2017 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at St George College, 19 Montgomery Street, Kogarah, Building M, Level 1, Room M1.3.

    Indicative timetable:

    You will need to attend approximately 16 hours of class a week over 3 days per week. An indication of how your weekly timetable may look is: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Timetable is subject to change.

    How to enrol or apply:

    To apply for this course you must meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled


    Before you enrol you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Visit http://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi to request a USI. Remember to add Sydney TAFE to your account via the Manage Permissions page (code: 90003, name: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute).

    Find out more about applying and enrolling: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/applying-and-enrolling

    Fee information:


    This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to Sydney TAFE and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

    The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

    For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled.


    Instalment payment options are available for this course. For more information, see http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fees-and-charges

    Find out more about financial assistance http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/financial-assistance


    Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

    Find out more about recognition: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/recognition


    NumberSubject nameNominal hours
    BSBWHS201Contribute to health and safety of self and others20
    BSBDES202Evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry context30
    BSBDES302Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms50
    BSBDES303Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms50
    BSBDES301Explore the use of colour40
    BSBDES201Follow a design process40
    CUAGRD301Prepare files for publication50
    CUAPPR301Produce creative work45
    CUAACD301Produce drawings to communicate ideas80
    BSBDES304Source and apply design industry knowledge20
    BSBDES305Source and apply information on the history and theory of design65
    CUAGRD302Use typography techniques50



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