Positive employment conditions for web designers make this the perfect time to set your career in train with a nationally recognised qualification.
Whether you are completely new to web design or you have some limited experience with Dreamweaver and Flash or desktop publishing software, this online course will help you lay the foundations for a rewarding career. Blending fundamental design theory with practical skills, it will provide a pathway to further studies and may help you pursue that sought-after entry-level position.
Complete with the latest content - important in a fast-moving discipline - and the support of an experienced trainer, this course is also highly flexible. With no set start date or study schedule, you are free to learn at your own pace, while still graduating with a valuable qualification.
Potential careers outcomes:
- Assistant Web Designer
- Web Designer and online Design Publisher
- Freelance Web Designer
- Assistant Digital Content Artist
- Assistant Web and Designer in Online Advertising
- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 24 months
- Course fees from
- $114.38 per week
- Certificate IV
- Delivery mode
- Nationally recognised
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BSBDES305A: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
- Collect information on history and theory of design
- Apply information to own area of work
- Update and maintain knowledge of design trends
CUVACD401A: Integrate colour theory and design processes
- Research information on colour theory and design processes
- Communicate ideas through the application of colour and design theory
- Evaluate design work
BSBCRT301A: Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
- Develop a questioning mindset
- Generate ideas and responses
- Challenge, test and re invent ideas
- Enhance creative thinking skills
BSBDES401A: Generate design solutions
- Define the design challenge
- Undertake research to inform the design solution
- Communicate and collaborate with others
- Generate ideas and responses to the design challenge
- Select a design solution
BSBDES402A: Interpret and respond to a design brief
- Interpret design brief
- Explore and develop design concept
- Liaise with client
- Plan production of work
CUVPRP401A: Realise a creative project
- Develop ideas for project work
- Organise the creative project
- Create finished work
- Evaluate own work
BSBDES304A: Source and apply design industry knowledge
- Source and apply information on the structure and operation of the design industry
- Source and apply knowledge on employment obligations and opportunities that impact on designers
- Seek information on new design technology
- Update industry knowledge
- Apply information on ethical and legal work practices
CUVGRD302A: Use typography techniques
- Prepare to undertake typographic work
- Test and explore a range of typographical techniques
- Complete typographic work
- Ensure quality of typographic output
BSBDES302A: Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
- Source information on 2-dimensional design
- Explore the creative design process for 2-dimensional forms
- Communicate concepts or ideas through application of design processes to 2-dimensional forms
BSBDES303A: Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
- Source information on 3-dimensional design
- Explore the creative design process for 3-dimensional forms
- Communicate concepts or ideas through application of design processes to 3-dimensional forms
ICAWEB302A: Build simple websites using commercial programs
- Identify authoring requirements
- Create and save files
- Add content to web pages
- Create simple navigation
- Test website
CUFDIG402A: Design user interfaces
- Identify project requirements
- Draft design specifications
- Finalise user interface designs
CUFDIG403A: Create user interfaces
- Clarify project requirements
- Generate ideas
- Plan approach
- Produce user interfaces
- Evaluate user interfaces
CUFDIG302A: Author interactive sequences
- Plan use of authoring tool
- Prepare to use authoring tool
- Produce interactive sequences
- Check functionality of interactive sequence
- BSBDES305A: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
There are no minimum education requirements to enter this course, however you'll need some creative skills and be confident using a computer and software programs to successfully complete the program - see below for more details.
You'll need some creative and design skills to start this course. You can demonstrate these skills through:
- completion of a relevant subject at High School (such as Art, Design, Digital Media, Animation or Communication) OR
- other qualifications in a related field OR
- other relevant work experience where you use your creative and design skills
If you're unsure as to whether you meet these entry requirements, your best bet is to contact us so we can provide you with more info about exactly what you require and your study options.
The minimum age for this course is 16. If you are under 18 your application needs to be signed by a parent or guardian.
Because this is an online course, you'll need access to a computer and the internet so that you can view and interact with your course material and complete your assessments. You'll also need access to a digital camera to document design processes and record images (most smart phones contain a capable digital camera).
As this is a web design course, your computer will need to be up to date with some fairly recent software and operating systems, including Microsoft Office 2007 (or similar), CD/DVD ROM Drive etc.
You'll also need to have basic computer skills to complete the various course activities. If you feel like your computer literacy isn't up to scratch, you can take one of our skill builder courses.
During this course you'll learn how to use Photoshop and InDesign as well as some other Adobe software programs, so you'll need access to Adobe Creative Cloud (ACC). This is a subscription services which you will need to arrange in order to start the course, which will give you access to all the software, technical support and training from Adobe. The ACC subscription is not included in your course fee. Student subscriptions are generally available for a reduced price - see the Adobe website for more information.
English language requirements
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet) 12 months in English-speaking employment Testimonial, statutory declaration
Open Colleges will endeavour to provide additional assistance to students who experience difficulties with language, literacy and numeracy.
Students will need to own or have access to a digital camera.
Students who successfully complete the Certificate IV in Design CUV40311 may go on to further studies in this discipline.
Isobelle Viv Pover
I'm a creative designer using a large palette of materials and mediums. I have a 'hands-on' approach and use new technology tools to push the mediums and pathways of project work.
The multi-disciplinary design experience I have, resonates in cross-functional visual communications to utilise design thinking and project planning. The synthesis of design ideation, production experiences, ongoing learning and qualification are realised in a holistic approach to design deliverables.
My design and photography experience looks at how and why branded cultures work, sees opportunities with new technologies, materials and production techniques for possibilities with competitive edges. "Projects create noise, with a ripple effect to energise a marketplace."
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