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Part Time: 2 years



This Certificate III in Design Fundamentals provides secondary school students with an introduction to the practice of graphic design.

It prepares them to enter a wide range of art and design courses at certificate, diploma and degree level.

Supported by encouraging, industry experienced teachers, you will be introduced to a wide variety of drawing materials and techniques when producing finished design pieces using the Adobe suite of products, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Throughout the course you will create illustrations, both manually and digitally, explore layout and typography, learn digital DSLR photography and how to apply colour in a variety of contexts.

On successful completion of this course, you will have prepared a folio of design projects, learnt how to present them professionally and participated in an exhibition of your work.

This is a VET Delivered to Secondary Students (previously VETiS) course and can only be completed as part of your VCE or VCAL program.

Course structure

Timetable: Wednesdays 1.30pm to 5pm.


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards





Follow a design process


Explore the use of colour


Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms


Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms


Source and apply design industry knowledge


Contribute to health and safety of self and others


Produce drawings to communicate ideas


Produce digital images


Develop and refine illustrative work


Capture photographic images


Produce creative work


Participate in collaborative creative projects

Code Name
BSBDES201Follow a design process
BSBDES301Explore the use of colour
BSBDES302Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
BSBDES303Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
BSBDES304Source and apply design industry knowledge
BSBWHS201Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAACD301Produce drawings to communicate ideas
CUADIG305Produce digital images
CUAILL401Develop and refine illustrative work
CUAPHI302Capture photographic images
CUAPPR301Produce creative work
CUAPPR304Participate in collaborative creative projects

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

When undertaking the program, you must be enrolled as a VCE or VCAL student.



This course is a VET in Schools program and is part of your VCE or VCAL program


Completion of VCE or VCAL program.


You will graduate with a folio of work that may be used when applying for future opportunities, and have the opportunity to continue your studies in the CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design at Holmesglen.

How to apply

If you have further questions, contact VET Delivered to Secondary Students (previously VETis) Coordination Centre.

T: 03 9209 5109



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Graphic Design Open Days

The way we communicate in the new world is constantly changing and the graphic design industry is at the sharp edge of this fast paced change. Visit us on Open Days to learn more about our graphic design programs, meet our industry experienced teachers and see our outstanding facilities.

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Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

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