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CUA30720 VETDSS - Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (Design Basics)


2 Years ½ Day/Week







Full qualification

Entry requirements

  • Attending a secondary school
  • Literacy and numeracy level equivalent to the successful completion of Year 9

You will learn

  • Fundamental design skills relevant to creative design across multiple industries
  • Develop a broad range of technical and conceptual design skills
  • Apply introductory design theory and history to your practice
  • Apply various digital and technical design skills to interpret, respond, create and present to a range of design briefs

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program you will receive:

  • Following block credit rules, recognition of up to six VCE Units. Credits accrue in the following sequence; 1, 2, 3, 4, 3 and 4 
  • ATAR contribution: if you receive a VCE VET Units 3 and 4 sequence you may be eligible for an increment towards your ATAR 
  • Certificate III in Design Fundamentals qualification

Dress code and course materials

  • Clothing suitable for program activities - school uniform

Assessment is based on

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

Further study options

  • Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
  • Diploma of Interior Design 
  • Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Applications for this course are currently closed and will re-open early August

Please express your interest in this course with your school VET Coordinator.

Applications & attendance

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


Unfortunately we cannot always guarantee you will secure a place in your selected course. We recommend you apply early.



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 electives listed are those delivered by the Gordon but you may not be required to complete all of these to successfully complete this qualification. In order to clarify what is required to complete this qualification, please check


Date published: 4/04/2024 6:03:09 PM