CUA30715 - Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

Duration: 6 - 8 months

Course Fees

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What's included in your course fees

  • Minimum of 21 hrs of teacher contact per week
  • Affinity Software Licenses
  • Free access to cameras, lighting and audio equipment
  • Computers with required software
  • Free access to Microsoft 365 from anywhere
  • Visual Diary
  • Printing & photocopying
  • Stationery as required
  • Student ID Card
  • Free WIFI
  • Tea and coffee supplied in the student lounge
  • Free special event lunch/BBQs

This is an exciting introduction into the world of graphic design and digital content creation. The Certificate III in Design Fundamentals provides a solid foundation in the principles of designing and creating a range of content including 2D and 3D designs, photographic composition, image editing and video production. If you want to develop expertise in industry standard software and make your mark in the digital economy this is a perfect place to start.

The Certificate III in Design Fundamentals has been customised by our highly skilled staff in collaboration with current industry professionals to provide students with the skills they will need to be successful in the world of design and digital content creation.

This comprehensive course addresses the convergence of traditional graphic design techniques and current digital media disciplines within today’s industry.

Course Requirements

To be awarded a Certificate III in design fundamentals, competency must be achieved in all twelve (12) units.

Core Units

BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of others

BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge

BSBDES201 Follow a design process

BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour

BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas


CUADIG303 Produce and prepare photo images

CUAPHI302 Capture photographic images

CUACAM301 Shoot material for screen productions

CUADIG306 Produce video art

CUAPOS201 Perform basic vision and sound editing

*The course unit selection may change without notice.

Certificate III Design Fundamentals

For the duration of the course, you will work on industry standard briefs that will help you think like a professional graphic designer and digital media producer. At the beginning of the course you will be introduced to what graphic design and video production is, and what you will do as an entry level designer and digital content creator. You will cover both digital (video, online content, etc.) and print based designs (posters, brochures, packaging, etc.).

You will learn the fundamentals of photography, design layout, illustration and video production using the latest indusrty software including Affinity Photo, Affinty Designer, Affinty Publisher, and DaVinci Resolve. You will be taught how to use these programs but a good grounding in the use of computers prior to starting this course is essential.

In order to successfully complete this course, you should expect to complete some work in your own time. This will include research tasks, completing projects, and practicing the skills and knowledge covered by the course.

If you require foundation skills in graphic design, visual arts or digital content production our Certificate III in Design Fundamentals is an exciting introduction into the world of graphic design and digital content creation. The CUA30715 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals provides a solid foundation in the principles of designing and creating a range of content including 2D and 3D designs, photographic composition, image editing and video production.

Why we have screen and media production units in our graphic design course.

In our internet-centric and e-commerce world, digital video content is King. It is the present - and future - of all business and product marketing. When you consider that by 2020, digital video will constitute over fifty percent of all mobile traffic - and up to eighty percent of all web traffic, businesses and entrepreneurs must now embrace video as their primary and most effective marketing tool.

Ninety percent of all major product marketing now uses video as the central component to their campaigns and learning how to create, manage and distribute digital video content, is becoming the all-important strategy for business in the 21st Century. The goal is engagement with your customers. Digital video advertising has been shown to be six hundred percent more effective in marketing a product or idea than print and direct mail combined.

With three hundred hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, two billion video views on Snapchat daily and four billion daily streams on Facebook, now is the best time to learn to create digital content and use it as the major tool to drive sales for your product or business idea.

Job Outcome from this course

Nearly every business you can think of has some need for a graphic designer or digital content creator. The industry continues to grow offering a diverse range of career opportunities with new roles emerging with the latest technologies.

This course provides a solid basis for entry level employment, further study or skills development in the fields of graphic design, photography or screen and media production. Successful students may find employment opportunities in junior roles or initiate freelance employment opportunities designing a range of print and digital media.

Possible career opportunities are available as:

  • Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Photographer's Assistant
  • Video Assistant
  • Junior Digital Content Creator
  • Junior Graphic Designer

The Australian government’s Job Outlook website states, the number of people working as Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years: from 59,500 in 2018 to 67,000 by 2023.

There are likely to be around 27,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,400 a year).

This is a very large occupation suggesting that opportunities should be available in most regions.

Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators have an above average proportion of full-time jobs (70 per cent).

Pathways / Further Study

The Certificate III in Design Fundamentals is a pathway to the Diploma of Graphic Design or the Diploma of Screen and Media. Our selection of units develops a range of design and development skills which provides students with the flexibility to enter either Diploma.


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For fees look at the appropriate enrolment form as subsidies may apply.

For more information contact our staff on +617 3343 8073 or email

Brisbane Campus

Our Brisbane campus is located within the Mount Gravatt TAFE grounds just 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. The campus facilities are modern, with plenty of free parking and is conveniently located with access to excellent transport facilities with two major bus lines stopping at the campus gates.

At Australian Institute of Advanced Studies everything is included in the cost of your course. You get to use the latest software suite for the duration of your study, free of charge! You get to use the computers for course related work at anytime during business hours for the whole time you are studying your course, free of charge! You have access to full colour printers/copiers for course related work, free of charge! Your student ID is included and access to Microsoft 365 from anywhere is free of charge! (See course details for what's included in each course).

Certificate 3 Guarantee

Certificate 3 Guarantee supports the Queensland Government's Working Queensland jobs plan. The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification.

It also supports Queensland's Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing fee-free training in high priority qualifications.

For more information download: Certificate 3 Guarantee Student Factsheet


All information was accurate at time of publication, however Australian Institute of Advanced Studies policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.