Certificate IV in Design


@Martin School of Design (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Online Learning)

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Design your dream career with Martin's Certificate IV in Design. If you're looking for a pathway into a creative job, we'll teach you to master the foundation of graphic design principles, use Adobe Creative Suite, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver, implement design briefs and build a portfolio. The hands-on approach means that instead of just learning in a classroom, you'll get to apply your knowledge to real-life situations and projects. Graduate job-ready to work in fields as diverse as art direction, illustration, web design and publishing, or work your way to a higher qualification.


Potential Careers

Graphic Design - at this level, this course prepares people for work in some limited junior design roles and for learning at higher levels across a broad range of design disciplines.

  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Design Assistant

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Course Features

  • Use iMac computers on-campus
  • Master programs in the Adobe Creative Suite - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver
  • Double your chances of success and study a CUV50311 Diploma of Graphic Design (read more)
  • Graduates of the Certificate IV in Design receive the nationally recognised qualification: CUV40311 Certificate IV in Design
  • Access our advanced online learning system for support and learning materials. Find out more about our Online Learning experience
  • Students and graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) - Australia's largest association representing graphic design professionals

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Full-time: 25 wks
Off-campus: 50 wks


Payment plan available

Entry Requirements

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Units of Competency

Graduates of this program are awarded the nationally recognised qualification:
CUV40311 Certificate IV in Design (PDF)

Important Information

This qualification was endorsed in the CUV11 Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package and has now been superseded by a new qualification released in the replacement version of that Training Package. Contact the Institute for further information.


Core Subjects

  • Workplace Safety
  • Digital Illustration
  • Design and Culture
  • Design Concepts and Principles
  • Digital Imaging
  • Typography
  • Design and Layout
  • Pre-Press
  • Respond to a Design Brief
  • Client Branding from Print to Web
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Web Design 1
  • Beverley

    Diploma of Graphic Design

    I chose to study with Martin because I wanted to attend a course that would get me out in the workplace, sooner rather than later. When I graduated I pretty much landed the job that I am still in today. I am now working for a Graphic Design Studio as a Production and Studio Manager and have been here for 6 years.  I oversee the daily needs of the studio as well as client management. I look after numerous retail clients across Australia and manage their account from start to finish.

  • Ara

    Graphic Design

    I really love the small class sizes. It helps me learn better and I actually feel supported by my teachers because I get more personalised support. I'd like to study at uni, and I know Martin can get me there.

  • Yvonna

    Diploma of Graphic Design

    Martin taught me amazing skills that were directly applicable to my current career. All of the practical learning units in Web Design, Advertising and Professional Practice helped to build my portfolio and secure my graphic design career. I now work as a Graphic Designer for Bamboo Creative, a prestigious Brisbane based creative agency. To be successful in the industry you need to never stop learning and always keep up-to-date with current products, services and software and network where ever you can.