C4414 - Certificate IV in Design

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Plan: C4414 - Certificate IV in Design
Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

Please note that this program’s courses (whether core, option, or university elective courses) may have mandatory in-person attendance or assessment to pass the course.


Most of the learning and assessment involves practical activities in the form of projects, briefs, folios that will be produced in a workshop, studio or computer lab. Other activities involve oral and visual presentation of project outcomes and/or research, essays and reports.

Assessment occurs throughout, and at the completion of the units. You may receive oral or written feedback. All units are assessed for competency.

You will develop skills in, and knowledge of, the design fundamentals, resulting in practical, industry-style outcomes. You will study drawing, illustration, 2D and 3D design, colour studies, and history and theory of design. You will acquire knowledge about the design industry and health and safety.

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact Equitable Learning Services https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services 

In the Certificate IV in Design, the following units have been clustered to enhance the student learning experience:


CUAPPR411 Realise a creative project 
CUAGRD411 Research and apply graphic design techniques 
CUAGRD311 Prepare files for print 

3D Process/Design Solutions

CUADES411 Generate design solutions

CUADES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

Ill / Colour

CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative work 
CUAACD411 Integrate colour theory and design processes

Critical Thinking/WHS

BSBCRT411 Apply critical thinking to work practices
CUAWHS312 Apply work health and safety practices

Image/ 2D

CUADES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
CUADIG315 Produce digital images


CUADES412 Interpret and respond to a design brief
CUADIG304 Create visual design components

The approach to learning and assessment for this program will include both supervised and non-supervised forms of training delivery. 

Supervised training is teacher directed learning and assessment activities. This includes: 

  • Work placements which are mandatory requirements of assessment.
  • Structured online learning activities where there is real time access to your teachers e.g. online lectures, teacher led discussions and        online activities.
  • Face-to-face learning e.g. tutorials, lectures, scheduled classes.
  • Assessment tasks.

The supervised hours in this program are: 441

You will also need to work independently, this includes:

Independent study activities such as research, reading, practical and/or theoretical practice tests or assessments. 

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Work integrated learning

RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations;

and in addition:

these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience may be simulated.

If you are working, particularly in a job which is related to your studies you will also be learning while at work and may have the opportunity to be assessed in your workplace for some or all of your courses. Feedback from work supervisors and others in the workplace can be used as evidence for assessment of competence, and an RMIT University assessor can visit your workplace to observe and assess your work practice and competence.

Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be simulated.

The designated WIL course for this program is CUADES412 Interpret and respond to a design brief. In this course you will complete a brief that is developed by industry. Industry will also provide feedback on the progress and outcome of the brief in conjunction with your teacher.

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Program Structure

This qualification requires the completion of the following:

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C4414 Core Units

Complete all Seven (7) courses:

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Source and apply information on the history and theory of design (CUADES305) 65 GRAP5415C Brunswick Campus
Generate design solutions (CUADES411) 70 GRAP5416C Brunswick Campus
Interpret and respond to a design brief (CUADES412) 30 GRAP5406C Brunswick Campus
Integrate colour theory and design processes (CUAACD411) 40 GRAP5414C Brunswick Campus
Realise a creative project (CUAPPR411) 90 VART6530C Brunswick Campus
Apply critical thinking to work practices (BSBCRT411) 50 BUSM6652C Brunswick Campus
Apply work health and safety practices (CUAWHS312) 30 PUBH5216C Brunswick Campus

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C4414 Elective Units

Complete all Eight (8) courses:

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms (CUADES302) 60 GRAP5417C Brunswick Campus
Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms (CUADES303) 60 GRAP5418C Brunswick Campus
Produce drawings to communicate ideas (CUAACD311) 90 VART6531C Brunswick Campus
Research and apply graphic design techniques (CUAGRD411) 50 GRAP5419C Brunswick Campus
Develop and refine illustrative work (CUAILL401) 50 VART6407C Brunswick Campus
Create visual design components (CUADIG304) 30 VART6408C Brunswick Campus
Produce digital images (CUADIG315) 50 VART6532C Brunswick Campus
Prepare files for print (CUAGRD311) 60 OFFC5356C Brunswick Campus

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Program transition plan

Students who commenced, but did not complete, their studies in CUA40715 - Certificate IV in Design, will be assisted to transfer to the new CUA40720 (C4414) qualification. 

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