CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design

Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney

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This qualification reflects the role of individuals who have a broad range of technical and conceptual design skills. 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. The electives selected cross a broad range of design areas to give students a taste of Graphic Design, Digital Media and Web Design disciplines.


Potential Career Opportunities

The qualification covers workers who apply knowledge, practical skills and experience in the business sector, across a range of enterprise and industry contexts.

  • Commercial sectors
  • Government sectors
  • Education sectors

Job titles for people with this qualification may include:

  • Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Production Manager
  • Logo Designer
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Content Developer
  • Package Designer
  • Brand Identity Developer
  • Established for
    Over 35 years

  • Chosen by
    40,000 students

Course details


On-campus/Blended: 24 weeks of tuition + 2 weeks break (2 x 12 week study periods with a one week break between each) – a maximum of 4 days per week study with 3 days on-campus

Delivery mode

On-campus/Blended: A combination of on-campus and online learning that includes face-to-face theory classes/tutorials, practical activities, workshops, online support materials such as discussion forums, course resources and readings

Entry requirements

Applicants to this course must satisfy the standard Certificate IV level entry requirements. View entry requirements >

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is an opportunity for you to receive recognition of your previous skills and knowledge you have acquired through recent formal studies. Through the RPL assessment process you may be able to gain recognition in Units of competency within this course or the entire course. Find out more about RPL >


As within any study, students are required to complete a variety of assessments. In this course assessments may include case studies, research projects, demonstration of skills, video submissions, role-plays and written assessments.

Student support

Martin College has a range of support services available if the need arises, including:

  • Learning Skill support
  • Language Literacy and Numeracy support
  • Disability Services
  • Counselling Services
  • Career Advice
  • IT Help

Issuing qualifications

Upon successful completion of this course Study Group Australia Pty Ltd trading as Martin College will issue your nationally recognised qualification - CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design

Additional costs

Additional costs are separate from the tuition costs and these may include costs such as textbooks, uniforms and resource kits. For further information regarding this course's additional costs, contact one of our Student Enrolment Advisers on 1300 762 129.


Units of Competency to be Delivered

To achieve this qualification, a total of 15 units of competency must successfully attained. These include 7 core units and 8 elective units chosen by Martin and they are as listed below.

SGA Subject Name Embedded Unit(s) of Competency
Study Period 1
BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge Elective
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others Core
CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings Elective
CUAACD401 Integrate colour theory and design processes Core
BSBDES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design Core
CUADIG405 Produce innovative digital images Elective
ICPPRP224 Produce pages using a page layout application Core
CUAGRD301 Prepare files for publication Elective
Study Period 2

CUAGRD302 Use typography techniques Elective
ICTWEB302 Build simple websites using commercial programs Elective
BSBDES401 Generate design solutions Core
BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief Core
CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project Core
BSBCRT301 Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills Core
SITXICT401 Build and launch a small business website Elective
  • 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.