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Certificate IV in Design (CUV40303)

Industry Group: Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Recreation


Occupation Type: Visual Arts And Crafts Professionals


This certificate is designed to provide a broad based entry to the fields of graphic design, print, illustration, web design, animation, and marketing.


The practical and business skills students develop will start them on a career in the graphic design industry. The Certificate is particularly useful for folio development or if they are interested in higher-level courses (e.g. Advanced Diploma or Bachelor level). Mature age students will appreciate the potential of the course to deliver quality skills in just one year. The course emphasises: the organisation and application of design processes and design solutions to design, illustration and marketing tasks, with a regular focus on client job briefs; the acquisition of digital competency in these disciplines using industry standard software such as Adobe's Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat; Macromedia's Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Freehand; and the 3 essential skills of research - identifying, analysing and evaluating.


This course intends to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to provide Graphic Design solutions, taking into consideration aesthetics, function, marketing, manufacturing, marketability, and construction of products, materials, and environments.


Course Structure

To achieve a Certificate IV in Design students must complete a total of EIGHTEEN (18) units of competency. This comprises TEN (10) core units of competency plus EIGHT (8) elective unit of competency.

Career Opportunities

Assistant designers or concept visualiser within design studios or advertising agencies.

Estimated completion time: 1 year/s

Part time study is also available.

Employability Skills
Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications.

Skills Recognition


-Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:
  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college,
  • through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).
RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.


Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

-Credit Transfer or Recognition of Previous Study
Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.
In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.

There are Admission Requirements and English Language Requirements for International Students.

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