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CUV40311 Certificate IV in Design
(specialising in Digital Design)

Nationally Recognised Training

Imagine, Invent, Deliver

This brand new course is an exciting combination of graphic design and web design - all in one contemporary, cutting edge program which is geared towards giving you the skills you need to work in the emerging digital marketplace.

The design world is constantly shifting and changing as new technologies emerge, specialist programs evolve and skill-sets combine.

The Australian government’s Job Outlook website prospects that this profession will add between 25 001 and 50 000 jobs within the next 3 years. Do you have the set of skills you need?

Imagine, Invent, Deliver has been custom-created by the Faculty of Creative Industry in collaboration with current leading design professionals to provide students with a unique glimpse into the many skills and talents they will need to be successful in the digital world.

The CUV40311 Certificate IV in Design (specialising in Digital Design) is a pathway to an entry-level career in the visual communication industry, or to working as a sole practitioner or freelancer. Communication design is a profession that blends principles and elements of visual communication with individual creativity and problem-solving skills.

Graphic design and web design – merging in the commercial world

This comprehensive certificate addresses the convergence of graphic and web design disciplines within industry today. Communication designers must have a deep understanding of how visual language affects an audience. 

They use symbols, text and pictures to convey messages, and in some contexts also employ animation, video and sound. Communication designers need to produce creative messages for a range of print and digital media.

This certificate is also a pathway towards study for a higher qualification.  It will ensure some direct credits to the Open Colleges CUV50311 Diploma of Graphic Design, as well as pathways to external diploma or degree courses in visual communication, communication design, and digital interactive media.

Career pathways

  • junior graphic designer
  • junior web designer
  • junior web designer in online advertising/digital publishing
  • junior digital content artist
  • freelance web designer
  • freelance graphic designer

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  • Course number
    F001V
    Course duration
    Max 24 months
    Qualification Level
    Certificate IV
    Delivery mode
    Online
    Nationally recognised
    Yes
    Assessments
    Multiple Choice Questions, Portfolio, Short-Answer Questions, Written Reports
    National Code
    CUV40311
    Awarded By
    Open Colleges
  • Education Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however due to the nature of the course we require students to have completed

    • A certificate III in any discipline OR
    • CUV30311 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals OR
    • Fundamentals of Design course from Open Colleges

    If you don’t possess these minimum requirements, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate that you have some creative and digital media skills, such as storyboarding, illustration, photography, image manipulation etc.

    You can demonstrate these skills through:

    • Completion of a relevant subject at High School (such as Art, Design, Digital Media, Animation or Communication)
    • Other qualifications in a related creative field
    • Other relevant work experience where you use your creative and design skills

    Minimum Age Requirements

    You will need to be at least 18 years old.

    English Language Requirements

    This course requires you to read comprehensive learner workbooks, undertake a range of written assessments and engage in online discussion forums. Furthermore, the course relies on the extensive use of written communication. Entry to the course requires English proficiency to Year 12 level, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

    • A qualification at the Certificate II level or higher OR
    • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written communication.

    Computer skills

    You will need to have proficient computing skills to undertake this course. This includes:

    • Familiarity with Internet searches
    • Experience with social media platforms
    • Using a digital camera and media storage
    • Basic computing skills with software programs such as Microsoft Office
    • Experience with or an aptitude to learn Adobe Creative Suite software

    Adobe Creative Cloud

    This course requires the use of design industry software. You will need access to the Adobe Creative Suite, which can be purchased on subscription through the Adobe Creative Cloud (ACC). The ACC subscription is not included in the course fee. Student subscriptions are available at a reduced price. Refer to the Adobe website www.adobe.com.au.

    Computer requirements

    Due to the inclusion of Adobe Creative Cloud in this course, minimum computer specifications are:

    All users:

    • Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
    • Broadband Internet Connection
    • 4GB of Ram – 8GB is Recommended
    • 10.5GB available hard disc space for installation; additional free space is required during installation.
    • DVD – Rom Drive – compatible with dual layer DVD’s
    • 1280 x 800 display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM

    Mac OS:

    • Mac OS X v 10.6.8 or v 10.7
    • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support

    Windows:

    • Microsoft Windows 7
    • Intel Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
    • Open GL 2.0 – Capable system
    • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
    • Quicktime 7.6.6 software required for HTML 5 media playback and multimedia features
    • Adobe Flash Player 10 software required to export SWF file

    You will also need access to Zip software.

    Audio-visual requirements

    You’ll need access to a digital camera and related software for taking photos for illustration purposes, taking photos to document the progress of a particular design process, and to photograph completed design artefacts.

    Other requirements

    To complete this course you will also need:

    • Access to a high resolution colour printer and scanner (you could access these through a local copy shop)
    • A visual diary and sketching paper for preliminary sketches of designs

    Study Materials

    Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Study Period, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Study Period. Study Period 1 has been released and is available. The subsequent Study Periods for this course will be available for release on the following dates:

    • Study Period 2: February 2014
    • Study Period 3: March 2014
    • Study Period 4: March 2014
    • Study Period 5: March 2014
    • Study Period 6: March 2014

     

    • Laura Tavella

      Laura Tavella Laura is a graphic designer, footwear designer, illustrator and all-round creative. With extensive qualifications, Laura has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication with a major in graphic design, as well as a Diploma and Certificate IV in Higher Educational Studies, a Certificate in Cartooning and Illustrating, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is completing a Master of Cross Disciplinary Art and Design. Design and education are Laura’s two passions in life, and being able to integrate those on a daily basis is her goal. Laura aims to train and assist her students with gaining the industry skills and confidence they need to be successful in their chosen design career.
    • April Solomon

      April Solomon

      As a child, April would spend her free time illustrating and writing copy for imaginary ads and magazines. She has now turned her childhood dreams in to reality! April has enjoyed an extensive career as a graphic designer, having worked in magazine publishing, advertising, design studios and in-house for large brand retailers in Australia and London. In 2011, she moved into the education and training sector to pass on her passion to the upcoming generation of graphic designers. She is a self-professed typography and Photoshop nerd who is now applying her technical and design nous to web design. She believes that learning never stops and sharing knowledge with others fuels one’s own creativity.

    • Karl O’Keeffe

      Karl O’Keeffe

      As a creative arts all-rounder, Karl has over 10 years of experience as a designer, educator, illustrator and artist. He has specialised in printmaking, with a particular focus on screen-printing. Karl is an advocate of accessible education, and is involved in the promotion of education as means to enrich the lifestyle of individuals, and of the wider community.

      Prior to joining Open Colleges, Karl taught creative arts at Box Hill Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Multimedia Design, and is known to never turn down a printmaking workshop.

    • Sally Goodfellow

      Sally Goodfellow

      Sally is passionate about all things creative. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and has a lifelong love of art making, painting and design. Sally has worked in the design industry for over 20 years and operates an independent design business. She works with clients from all over the world on a broad range of projects from business cards to billboards and everything in between. More recently Sally has sought out opportunities to be involved with tertiary-level design students to teach, help and encourage them on their own creative journey.

    • Susanna Fedele

      Susanna Fedele

      Susanna holds a Bachelor of Arts (Design) and has a strong love of the creative. With over 18 years of experience, Susanna has worked in publishing, web and studio environments. She has had the good fortune to work with a number of Australian music professionals, developing artwork for their album releases. Her skills and knowledge span corporate and retail design, to packaging, and publications for a range of industries. These include music, movies and entertainment, as well as the corporate and private sectors. In addition to her graphic design qualifications, Susanna holds a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and looks forward to working with her students to help develop their skills and encourage them on their path to creativity.

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Certificate IV in Design

CUV40311 Certificate IV in Design (specialising in Digital Design)

This online course will train you in fundamental design principles, combining the converging worlds of graphic and web design.

  • Duration: Max 24 months
  • How you learn: Online
  • Qualification Level: Certificate IV
  • Assessments: Multiple Choice Questions, Portfolio, Short-Answer Questions, Written Reports
  • Course Description

    Imagine, Invent, Deliver

    This brand new course is an exciting combination of graphic design and web design - all in one contemporary, cutting edge program which is geared towards giving you the skills you need to work in the emerging digital marketplace.

    The design world is constantly shifting and changing as new technologies emerge, specialist programs evolve and skill-sets combine.

    The Australian government’s Job Outlook website prospects that this profession will add between 25 001 and 50 000 jobs within the next 3 years. Do you have the set of skills you need?

    Imagine, Invent, Deliver has been custom-created by the Faculty of Creative Industry in collaboration with current leading design professionals to provide students with a unique glimpse into the many skills and talents they will need to be successful in the digital world.

    The CUV40311 Certificate IV in Design (specialising in Digital Design) is a pathway to an entry-level career in the visual communication industry, or to working as a sole practitioner or freelancer. Communication design is a profession that blends principles and elements of visual communication with individual creativity and problem-solving skills.

    Graphic design and web design – merging in the commercial world

    This comprehensive certificate addresses the convergence of graphic and web design disciplines within industry today. Communication designers must have a deep understanding of how visual language affects an audience. 

    They use symbols, text and pictures to convey messages, and in some contexts also employ animation, video and sound. Communication designers need to produce creative messages for a range of print and digital media.

    This certificate is also a pathway towards study for a higher qualification.  It will ensure some direct credits to the Open Colleges CUV50311 Diploma of Graphic Design, as well as pathways to external diploma or degree courses in visual communication, communication design, and digital interactive media.

    Career pathways

    • junior graphic designer
    • junior web designer
    • junior web designer in online advertising/digital publishing
    • junior digital content artist
    • freelance web designer
    • freelance graphic designer

    Language, Literacy and Numeracy

    Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

  • Requirements

    Education Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however due to the nature of the course we require students to have completed

    • A certificate III in any discipline OR
    • CUV30311 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals OR
    • Fundamentals of Design course from Open Colleges

    If you don’t possess these minimum requirements, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate that you have some creative and digital media skills, such as storyboarding, illustration, photography, image manipulation etc.

    You can demonstrate these skills through:

    • Completion of a relevant subject at High School (such as Art, Design, Digital Media, Animation or Communication)
    • Other qualifications in a related creative field
    • Other relevant work experience where you use your creative and design skills

    Minimum Age Requirements

    You will need to be at least 18 years old.

    English Language Requirements

    This course requires you to read comprehensive learner workbooks, undertake a range of written assessments and engage in online discussion forums. Furthermore, the course relies on the extensive use of written communication. Entry to the course requires English proficiency to Year 12 level, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

    • A qualification at the Certificate II level or higher OR
    • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written communication.

    Computer skills

    You will need to have proficient computing skills to undertake this course. This includes:

    • Familiarity with Internet searches
    • Experience with social media platforms
    • Using a digital camera and media storage
    • Basic computing skills with software programs such as Microsoft Office
    • Experience with or an aptitude to learn Adobe Creative Suite software

    Adobe Creative Cloud

    This course requires the use of design industry software. You will need access to the Adobe Creative Suite, which can be purchased on subscription through the Adobe Creative Cloud (ACC). The ACC subscription is not included in the course fee. Student subscriptions are available at a reduced price. Refer to the Adobe website www.adobe.com.au.

    Computer requirements

    Due to the inclusion of Adobe Creative Cloud in this course, minimum computer specifications are:

    All users:

    • Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
    • Broadband Internet Connection
    • 4GB of Ram – 8GB is Recommended
    • 10.5GB available hard disc space for installation; additional free space is required during installation.
    • DVD – Rom Drive – compatible with dual layer DVD’s
    • 1280 x 800 display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM

    Mac OS:

    • Mac OS X v 10.6.8 or v 10.7
    • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support

    Windows:

    • Microsoft Windows 7
    • Intel Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
    • Open GL 2.0 – Capable system
    • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
    • Quicktime 7.6.6 software required for HTML 5 media playback and multimedia features
    • Adobe Flash Player 10 software required to export SWF file

    You will also need access to Zip software.

    Audio-visual requirements

    You’ll need access to a digital camera and related software for taking photos for illustration purposes, taking photos to document the progress of a particular design process, and to photograph completed design artefacts.

    Other requirements

    To complete this course you will also need:

    • Access to a high resolution colour printer and scanner (you could access these through a local copy shop)
    • A visual diary and sketching paper for preliminary sketches of designs

    Study Materials

    Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Study Period, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Study Period. Study Period 1 has been released and is available. The subsequent Study Periods for this course will be available for release on the following dates:

    • Study Period 2: February 2014
    • Study Period 3: March 2014
    • Study Period 4: March 2014
    • Study Period 5: March 2014
    • Study Period 6: March 2014

     

  • Subjects

    • Study Period 1 - Digital Design: Design fundamentals
    • Study Period 2 - Digital Design: History and theory of design
    • Study Period 3 - Digital Design: Designer's toolkit
    • Study Period 4 - Digital Design: Visual communication for digital environments
    • Study Period 5 - Digital Design: Professional practice
    • Study Period 6 - Digital Design: Major project