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Key details

Duration

1 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 12 to 24 months. The length of time to complete this qualification will vary depending upon how long a student takes to reach the required competency level. Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

Locations

Casuarina
Not available to international students.

Course code

CUA40720

Overview

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who have a broad range of technical and conceptual design skills.

The outcomes of this qualification apply to work in design roles across different work environments.

Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of integrated technical and theoretical knowledge and the ability to develop concepts and solutions in response to a brief. Individuals at this level usually operate autonomously, however they may provide some leadership and guidance to others with limited responsibility for the output of others.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Visual Arts and Craft, Design include:
>Junior Graphic Design Assistant
>Fashion Design Assistant
>Interior Design Assistant
>Furniture Design Assistant
>Interior Decoration Assistant

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.

This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email Student.Central@cdu.edu.au.

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.

Pathways

VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Students who successfully complete VET qualifications at the Certificate IV level or above and subsequently enrol in a Bachelor degree in the same field or discipline, will receive advanced standing as detailed in the table below.

Completed Award Course Level
HE
VET
to a HE Award
Credit granted for a completed award in the same field
Certificate IV
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
Certificate IV
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
Diploma
*
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Diploma
*
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Advanced Diploma
*
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Advanced Diploma
*
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points

Fees

2022 indicative course fees for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place range from $2,957.50 - $3,097.50, and for students who are not eligible range from $12,675.00 - $13,275.00 dependent on the units chosen.

VET fee exempt

Exemptions apply to VET tuition fees for NTG supported courses only.

At the time of enrolment, students in these categories will be exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Recipient of a Centrelink payment
  • Recipient of a Veteran's Affairs payment
  • Enrolled Secondary Students
  • Permanent residents with refugee or humanitarian status

Certified copy of the evidence must be provided at the time of enrolment.

If your course is delivered in a location that is listed on the NTG’s Location Categories for VET Funded Programs, with remote as the location category you may be eligible for the Remote 2 Location tuition fee exemption.

Delivery allowance for VET funded programs

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Why study at CDU?

Study with the Territory's largest provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and gain industry-ready skills and experience. Whether you're a high school student or a working professional, we've got the courses and qualifications you want plus the support and flexibility you need to succeed.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning to qualify faster

What will I study?

To achieve CUA40720 Certificate IV in Design, a total of fifteen (15) units of competency must be completed comprising seven (7) Core and eight (8) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Course structure

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 835-885.
 

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
Core units of competency
BSBCRT411Apply critical thinking to work practices50
CUAACD411Integrate colour theory and design processes40
CUADES305Source and apply information on the history and theory of design65
CUADES411Generate design solutions70
CUADES412Interpret and respond to a design brief30
CUAPPR411Realise a creative project90
CUAWHS312Apply work health and safety practices30
 Total nominal hours for core units375
Elective units of competency (Select 8)
CUAGRD311Prepare files for print60
CUAGRD411Research and apply graphic design techniques50
CUAACD311Produce drawings to communicate ideas90
CUAPHI403Enhance, manipulate, and output photo images80
CUAILL401Develop and refine illustrative work50
CUADES303Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms60
CUAACD313Produce technical drawings50
CUAPAI411Experiment with techniques to produce paintings (unnamed)50
CUAPPR415Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work (unnamed)70
 Total nominal hours for elective units460-510
 Total nominal hours for the qualification835-885

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

To gain entry into CUA40720 Certificate IV in Design, candidates are required to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment to determine applicable support requirements.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

Having lecturers who were practising artists themselves gave me a greater understanding of the art world and their guidance was invaluable.

Jonathon

CDU Student

Alumni awards finalist, illustrator Jonathon Saunders

Course details

Accreditation

This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package.

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification: training.gov.au

Location and study mode

Locations: Casuarina

Study Mode: On campus

Additional information

Sector
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
ARTS,ENTERTAINMENT,SPORTS AND RECREATION
Occupation types
Visual Arts And Crafts Professionals Nfd
Area of study
Creative Arts and Design, Arts, Creative and Performing Arts, Communications and Design

Contact details

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.au. Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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