Creative Industries

CUA30715 - Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

Duration: 6 - 8 months

Full Fee $8,400      QLD GOV Cert 3 Guarantee Subsidy Fee: $5,718      QLD GOV Cert 3 Guarantee Subsidy Fee: $4,824

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.

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 versions of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere. 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.

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 job openings for Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators is expected to be above average (between 25,001 and 50,000).

Looking forward, employment for Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators to November 2020 is expected to grow strongly.

This is a very large occupation (46,500 in November 2015) suggesting that opportunities should be available in most regions.

Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators have an above average proportion of full-time jobs (78.1 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. 


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

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

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