DurationFull-time 6 months
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
Build foundational skills and knowledge in design and find your own path to further design studies.
Immerse yourself in design and develop skills and creative pieces that you can use to apply for other design-focused study or use as an entry point into the workforce.
Get ready to develop a creative folio of individual work that you can use to apply for other design-focused study or use as an entry point into the workforce.
Over the six months, you will focus on exploring design thinking and developing design projects in a studio-based environment.
What you will learn?
Studying individually and in groups, you will use state-of-the-art equipment and the latest design software.
You will be involved in design competitions and projects that reflect industry practice and connect with people and ideas related to the design industries.
This qualification can add value to your existing career or provide you with a pathway into further study at diploma, associate degree and degree level.
Through your studies you will develop a strong foundation in a variety of design skills and gain insights into different careers in the design industry.
What will you study?
Your studies will be practical and hands-on, allowing you to develop a strong foundation in various design skills, including drawing, typography, graphic design, 2D and 3D processes, video art, concept development, illustration, digital imaging, colour theory, design history and industry knowledge.
Studying individually and in groups, you’ll learn on state-of-the-art equipment using the latest computer design programs including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
Learn from design professionals in a studio environment
You will connect with people and ideas related to the design industries and work on a range of projects. You’ll study with teachers who have a current knowledge of the latest trends and innovations.
The teaching approach is practical and hands-on. You will learn in contemporary studio environments as well as through lectures, workshops, presentations and group discussions.
You will be assessed on material produced such as essays, reports, verbal presentations, group projects, research work, practical tasks and design projects.
You will participate in industry-related projects such as external design competitions which are reviewed by design industry professionals. Recently, two students had their t-shirt designs printed and sold in Jeanswest stores.
Previously, students have worked with local government and traders to devise design solutions for Moreland City Council's ’Adopt-a-tree’ program, and worked on creating a 70-metre mural featuring 40 artworks, displayed at the Heidelberg Graphic Equipment headquarters in Notting Hill. Both were very successful work-integrated learning projects.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
This certificate will help you develop knowledge and skills in:
- visual communication
- creative thinking
- 2D and 3D design
You will focus on investigating and developing design projects in a studio environment. The focus of this qualification is to develop foundational skills and knowledge in design and creative pieces that you can use when applying for further study or employment.
Full-time students are expected to attend 20 hours of classes over four days and undertake approximately 10 hours of extra study and research per week.
There are often concentrated periods of out-of-class work when assessments are due for submission.
Over six months you will study:
- media and drawing techniques
- 2D design and 3D techniques
- digital cameras, moving image and other technologies
- contemporary design practice and industry awareness
This certificate will prepare you for further study in:
- graphic art and design
- communication design
- product design and visual merchandising
- interior design and decoration
- building and furniture design
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|Certificate IV in Design||Brunswick Campus||
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Program code: C4414
National curriculum code: CUA40720
This certificate pathways into a number of design diplomas, advanced diplomas and associate degrees. You can continue your studies in areas such as graphic design, communication design, product design, furniture design, building design, interior design or visual merchandising.
An example of this would be further study in the Diploma of Graphic Design, where you can progress into a role as a junior graphic designer in:
- print media, where you will create logos and artwork for products such as packaging or cafe menus
- digital media, where you will focus on graphics used for websites, commercials, TV and film
- advertising industry, where you will create graphics for clients to sell a product or service through either print publications or digital content
If you are currently working, the Certificate IV in Design will add value to your current and future career prospects in an associated field.
There are no minimum academic entry requirements.
All applicants must complete and submit a personal statement to answer the following:
- Identify a creative project you have completed recently.
- Describe the project including your idea and the purpose of the project.
- Describe what materials and media you used.
- Include a reflection on what area of Design you are interested in and why.
Successful completion of the RMIT Certificate IV in Design guarantees entry into the following programs:
- Diploma of Fashion Styling
- Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)
- Associate Degree in Design (Furniture)
- Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology
Successful completion of the RMIT Certificate IV in Design guarantees entry into the following programs with exemptions:
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The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a JobTrainer fee waiver.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2022 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$850* per annum
- 2022 government subsidised place (without concession): AU$4,250* per annum
- 2022 full-fee place: AU$10,500* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
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- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility Exemption criteria
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In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
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