Certificate IV in Design
Design makes the world a more functional, understandable and beautiful place. Give it your unique perspective with Swinburne’s Certificate IV in Design.
This foundational course looks at design’s historical context across diverse disciplines, such as graphic design, interior design and product design. It equips you with the hands-on skills and knowledge to respond to design briefs just as professionals would.
You’ll learn current and emerging design technologies, such as Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, XD and Animate. In fact, Swinburne is the first university in Australia to be an Adobe Creative Campus and you’ll enjoy free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software on all of your devices.
Individually and in teams, you’ll undertake face-to-face practical workshops, guided projects, tutorials, and online activities to develop your skills in:
- Design elements and principles
- Web-based applications
- Product design
- Digital imaging, and more
Upon graduation, you’ll have a portfolio of design work and a clear idea of potential employment streams. Launch your career as a typographic designer, interior designer, illustrator, photographer, web designer or visual merchandiser, or opt to continue your study through a variety of design-centric courses.
1 year full-time
Hawthorn (March, August) - View application and start dates
VTAC course code
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.
Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
Units of study
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives and graduate skills.
Aims and objectives
- a portfolio of design work.
- an understanding of the design industry and employment streams.
- knowledge of the principles and history of design.
- an understanding of the practical and aesthetic skills required for a designer.
Course fees and requirements
- Entry requirements and non-year 12 entry.
Certificate IV in Design
Estimated course fees for 2023*
|Course fee options||Full course fee||Skills First Government-subsidised place||Concession rate|
|Total Cost (GST Free)||$10,060||$4,120||$824|
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
You could be granted a Skills First government-subsidised place when you apply for this course. Check your eligibility now.
You may be entitled to apply for a fee concession if you meet the eligibility criteria.
The eligibility criteria are set by the Victorian Government and assessed by Swinburne in accordance with government directives, which are subject to change at any time.
Find out if you're eligible for a fee concession here.
If you are not granted a government subsidised place, the full course fee will apply. Check your eligibility now.
Indicative nominal course hours: 855.