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CUA30720 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (Design Basics)

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Duration Part-time: Delivered in VETDSS area only

Course description

Are you currently attending secondary school and looking to develop your creative design skills? This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are developing a broad range of technical and conceptual design skills and who take responsibility for their own outputs in work and learning. Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of introductory design theory and history.
Certificate III Design Fundamentals focuses on developing the fundamental skills of design and teaches practical competencies relevant to creative design across a range of industries. Students will learn and apply skills to improve planning, layout, creative design and 3D modelling. Applying various digital and technical design skills, students will be prepared to interpret, respond, create and present to a range of design briefs.

When you complete the course you may gain credit towards your VCE or VCAL. 


Take advantage of Job Trainer! Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Job Trainer opportunity Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

This is a JobTrainer Priority Course. All students who meet the Skills First eligibility criteria can access free or reduced tuition fees for this course. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

If you are a Gordon VCE student

This course is offered to Gordon VCE students. To enrol in this course as a Gordon VCE student you need to apply from the VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) course list. Go to VETDSS courses to APPLY NOW!

For more information on VCE studies with a VET program please go to the VET Delivered to Secondary Students site. NOTE: Fees apply for Gordon VCE Students, see Fees section below.

Possible career outcomes

  • Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Architecture/Building Design
  • Digital Media/Advertising
  • Creative Arts & Media
  • Furniture making

Applications & attendance

Applications for this course are not currently open.

Please contact customer service on 52250538 to discuss upcoming intake dates.

Please contact Customer Service on 5225 0800 to discuss upcoming intakes.


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Aged 15 years and over
  • Must be attending Secondary School 
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Job Trainer. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Practice tests

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

  • Aged 15 years and over
  • Must be attending Secondary School 

Selection mode

  • Secondary school referral
  • Via the VETDSS department

Core Units Code Hours
Apply work health and safety practices CUAWHS312 30
Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms CUADES302 60
Explore the use of colour CUADES301 50
Follow a design process CUADES201 50
Produce creative work CUAPPR311 45
Produce drawings to communicate ideas CUAACD311 90
Source and apply design industry knowledge CUADES304 20
Elective Units Code Hours
Evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry context CUADES202 30
Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms CUADES303 60
Make scale models CUAACD314 50
Produce computer-aided drawings CUAACD312 60
Source and apply information on the history and theory of design CUADES305 65


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on work    
  • Journals / Portfolios
  • Assignments    
  • Team projects

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.46 per hour 610 AUD $281.00 AUD $4,766.00
Standard Tuition AUD $2.32 per hour 610 AUD $1,415.00 AUD $4,766.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $10.77 per hour 610 AUD $6,570.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Education Levy AUD $91.50
Materials (Design Basics) AUD $185.00 once per year
Materials (Graphic Design) AUD $210.00 once per year


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 14/11/2022 9:34:01 AM