Certificate III in Design Fundamentals


Complete this Qualification for $50 with the Certificate 3 Guarantee Funding for eligible students!

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Get started in photography! Develop your creative skills and get a solid foundation in photography and digital imagery. Whether you are planning on embarking on a career in photography, or just wanting to develop your photography skills for your own interest, this course will be exciting, challenging and rewarding as you explore photography from an art perspective through to a commercial perspective.

During the course you will have the exciting opportunity to work with our make-up, styling and fashion students on various photographic assignments which will help you build up a portfolio of work. You will learn the theoretical and practical skills to develop your photographic skills working both in the studio and on location, exploring your creativity and developing your eye for capturing dynamic imagery.

This course is suitable for both adult learners as well as high school students to complete as part of the VET in Schools programme. Students who have completed the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (Photography) course will receive direct entry into our Diploma of Photo Imaging qualification and will receive credit for any units covered by both qualifications.

Topic Areas Covered:

  • Camera settings and operation
  • Colour Theory
  • Elements and Principles of Design
  • Developing your creative ability
  • Studio Shooting
  • Location Shooting
  • Lighting
  • Developing a photographic portfolio

Qualification & Units of Competency:

On successful completion of the course, students will receive the nationally recognised CUA30715: Certificate III in Design Fundamentals qualification.

VET In Schools:

This course is suitable for high school students to complete as part of the 'VET in Schools' program. The course has been structured so that the finish date is in accordance with the VET reporting dates to the Qld Studies Authority to allow students in Year 12 to have this course contribute to their high school certificate.

Students who are going in to year 10, 11 or 12 and are interested in completing this course, should contact us to receive the course enrolment pack. We recommend that they then visit their school careers councilor or VET coordinator to discuss their interest in undertaking the course with them, prior to enrolling.

As this is a certificate III program, successful completion of this course will enable students to obtain 8 points towards their high school certificate.

Course Duration

The course is delivered one day a week over a year on Fridays from 9am - 3.30pm (33 weeks tuition).

Term Dates

Click on the arrows below to go forward or backward through each intake's term dates. Please note that term dates are subject to change, please contact us to confirm future dates if required.

Gold Coast Full Time

July INTAKE 2016

Term 1
11th Jul 16
16th Sep 16
Term 2
7th Oct 16
9th Dec 16
Term 3
27th Jan 17
31st Mar 17
Term 4
21st Apr 17
5th May 17
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Required Equipment & Additional Costs:

Students will need to provide the following equipment:

  • Basic stationary
  • Printing and photocopying done by student
  • 35mm DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) Camera. Minimum requirement of 1 lens, although additional lenses are useful.
  • Laptop Computer and software - see requirements below:


Students accepted into the program will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following minimum specifications are required:

  • Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Minimum 4Gb RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • 2Ghz or faster processor
  • Web Browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari) (free online)
  • Norton Anti Virus - Students will not be allowed to connect to our network without Norton Anti Virus installed and activated.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Lightroom (See Adobe website CLICK HERE)

* Please check software manufacturers minimum system requirements. Student pricing available.

Course Fees

Upon enrolling in the course, the student (and guarantor/s) becomes liable to the institute for the full course fees.

Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (Photography):

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $3,300.00
  • Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee: $330.00
  • Balance paid in weekly direct debit instalments (with Ezypay) over course duration: $2,970.00
Certificate 3 Guarantee

This course is eligible for funding under the QLD Certificate 3 Guarantee. If you meet the eligibility requirements the Queensland Government will fund the majority of your tuition fees and you will only be required to pay the nominal student co-contribution fee.

Student Co-Contribution Fee: $50

Enrolment Procedure:

To enrol in this course you must download the Enrolment Pack. If you are unable to download or open this file, please phone us on (07) 55 938 335 to have one posted to you.

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