Certificate IV in Design

Not Applicable


Core Units

Complete 10 core units

add topic BSBDES301A Explore the use of colour

add topic BSBDES302A Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

add topic BSBDES303A Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

add topic BSBDES304A Source and apply design industry knowledge

add topic BSBDES305A Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

add topic BSBDES402A Interpret and respond to a design brief

add topic BSBOHS201A Participate in OHS processes

add topic CUVCOR04B Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse

add topic CUVCOR09B Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept

add topic CUVDES04B Integrate colour theory and design processes in response to a brief

Elective Units

Complete 8 other units with at least 2 from the Design specialisation units within the Visual Arts Craft and Design Training Package

Remaining units may be selected from other areas of the Visual Arts Craft and Design Training Package or any relevant endorsed Training Package at the appropriate level.

The total package of units must meet the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptor for a Certificate IV. In all cases selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the level of the qualification.

Notes on Certificate IV in Design

The Certificate IV in Design is designed as a qualification that provides a pathway to a career in Design. There are limited job outcomes at this level, though in areas such as graphic and digital design there may be some employment opportunities as a Junior Design Assistant.

Examples of other Training Packages, which may be relevant to this qualification, are as follows:

Business Services, e.g. computer technology

Entertainment, e.g. props, sets, scenic art, costume

Financial Services, e.g. bookkeeping

Furnishing e.g. furniture production

Hospitality, e.g. food and beverage

Information Technology, e.g. Internet

Manufactured Mineral Products, e.g. ceramics

Metal and Engineering, e.g. jewellery

Museums and Library/Information Services, e.g. exhibitions

Music, e.g. performance

Printing and Graphic Arts, e.g. pre-press

Retail, e.g. customer service, sales

Screen and Media, e.g. digital content, set and scenery construction

Textile, Clothing and Footwear

Tourism, e.g. guiding

The workplace context for this qualification will vary, and this context must guide the selection of elective units. Examples of appropriate units at this level are as follows:

Graphic Design Specialisation

add topic CUFDIG201A Maintain interactive content

add topic CUFDIG303A Produce and prepare photo images

add topic CUVCRS03B Produce computer-aided drawings

add topic CUVCRS05B Use typography techniques for design work

add topic CUVCRS16B Prepare text and graphic files for print processing

add topic CUVDSP07B Research and apply techniques for graphic design

add topic CUVDSP11B Research and apply techniques for illustrative work

add topic CUVVSP02B Research and experiment with techniques to produce calligraphy

Furniture Design Specialisation

add topic CUVCRS03B Produce computer-aided drawings

add topic CUVCRS04B Produce technical drawings

add topic CUVDSP14B Research and apply techniques for the design of products

add topic CUVVSP59B Research and experiment with techniques to produce wood objects

add topic LMFDN4001A Produce drawings from design concepts

add topic LMFDN4002A Produce line and component production drawings

add topic LMFDN4003A Produce patterns and/or templates

add topic LMFDN4005A Work within a furniture design team


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the required for a Junior Design Assistant specialising in Graphic Design. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.


Passing on key safety information to colleagues.

Presenting concepts to others.

Interpreting briefs and conceptual visions.

Producing graphic designs which are consistent with the conceptual vision.

Liaising with resource suppliers.


Checking safety procedures with other team members.

Discussing concepts, industry developments and work issues with colleagues.

Problem Solving

Identifying safety issues and reporting them to appropriate person.

Refining concepts to incorporate feedback from others.

Adjusting techniques to achieve a particular effect.

Responding to computer problems.

Initiative and Enterprise

Developing several possible concepts to communicate an idea.

Producing a range of samples in response to a brief or conceptual vision.

Planning and Organising

Collecting and analysing information to develop concepts and ideas.

Organising the presentation of a concept to others.

Organising work tasks to ensure safety.

Organising information systematically.

Preparing text and graphic files for print processing.

Identifying techniques and processes required to produce digital images and graphic art work.

Sourcing and analysing information to inform design practice.

Organising resources, taking into account cost and other constraints.


Following workplace procedures, particularly in relation to OHS.

Maintaining personal safety standards.

Challenging one's own ideas and approaches.

Career planning.


Evaluating information gained from research and integrating ideas into the development of own work.

Using practice, feedback and discussion and evaluation opportunities to continuously improve skills and knowledge.

Improving skills through experimentation with materials and techniques.

Keeping up to date with industry developments.


Using the internet for research.

Using a range of software applications to produce graphic art work.

Using digital cameras.

Updating web pages.