Charles Darwin University

Certificate IV in Design - CUA40715

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

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. Licensing/Regulatory Information No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


7 core units plus 8 electives.


  • Write content for a range of media
  • Design and develop complex text documents
  • Research and apply techniques in product design
  • Implement copyright arrangements
  • Produce innovative digital images
  • Author interactive media
  • Create pages using a page layout application
  • Create user interfaces
  • Generate design solutions
  • Explore the use of colour
  • Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • Review and maintain a website
  • Design user interfaces
  • Develop and refine illustrative work
  • Research and apply techniques for the design of wearable objects
  • Experiment with techniques to produce drawings
  • Author interactive sequences
  • Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
  • Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • Produce complex desktop published documents
  • Collaborate in a creative process
  • Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
  • Produce pages using a page layout application
  • Integrate colour theory and design processes
  • Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • Build simple websites using commercial programs
  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • Source and apply design industry knowledge
  • Address customer needs
  • Process photo images to work-print and file stage
  • Provide freelance services
  • Compose and evaluate typography
  • Use and respect copyright
  • Research and apply graphic design techniques
  • Manage colour
  • Create 3D digital models
  • Produce computer-aided drawings
  • Use typography techniques
  • Realise a creative project
  • Digitise complex images for reproduction
  • Create graphics using a graphics application
  • Create visual design components
  • Transfer content to a website using commercial packages
  • Capture images in response to a brief
  • Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Use advanced features of computer applications
  • Prepare files for publication
  • Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
  • Apply scripting language in authoring
  • Produce technical drawings
  • Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
  • Explore the history and social impact of creativity
  • Produce and prepare photo images
  • Research and apply techniques in spatial design
  • Prepare video assets
  • Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
  • Select and apply type
  • Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement
  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
  • Make scale models
  • Write complex documents
  • Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • Build and launch a small business website

Study information

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Further information

Students wishing to access WorkReady funding will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills as part of course counselling before enrolling.

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