Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

Jobs and Skills WA: Creative and design courses
Want to make design your career?

If you would love a career in photography, graphic design, and desktop publishing, the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals is the course for you!

With this qualification, you'll gain skills and knowledge in the fundamentals of colour, drawing, digital imagery and the production of 2D and 3D images — ready to work in a photography or design role in a range of industries including fashion.

You'll also learn how to evaluate design solutions and to communicate ideas effectively using design terminology and a wide variety of visual presentation techniques, materials and technologies.

VET for secondary students
Industry: Creative Industries
National course code: CUA30720 | WA State ID: BGV6

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Artificial Creativity Embraced

Looking for an exciting design course that blends cutting-edge Artifical Intelligence (AI) technology with classic design principles? This energised Design Fundamentals course incorporates AI technology into traditional Graphic Design and 3D Product Design experiences, while still emphasising foundational skills and knowledge in both disciplines. The result is a dynamic and forward-thinking curriculum that offers endless opportunities for creative expression and experimentation.

If you don't know which design pathway to follow, this qualification will give you the practical skills and knowledge to create and communicate design concepts within these areas. You will also learn to evaluate design solutions and communicate your ideas effectively, using a wide range of visual presentation techniques, materials, and technologies.

Over six months, you'll dive into 2D design principles and processes, create basic 3D models using both digital and traditional methods, explore colour theory, and practice your drawing skills. Additionally, you'll gain hands-on experience designing and creating graphic design collateral using Adobe design software.

This is the perfect foundation to take your studies to the next level in various design industries, such as graphic design, product design, or interior design and with AI technology integrated throughout the curriculum, you'll discover new and exciting ways to apply your design skills and take your career to the next level.


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