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As part of the Australian Government's Job-ready Graduates Package you can now study an Undergraduate Certificate in Design Practice short course at UTS College and the government will cover part of your course fees. Plus, you can study now and pay later with HECS-HELP (if eligible). Apply now to take advantage of this special offer. 

Course description

Develop design concepts and techniques for creativity and innovation with an Undergraduate Certificate in Design Practice. This short course provides you with an introduction to contemporary design practice at a tertiary level. You’ll learn foundational skills and knowledge in the field of design, including:

  • techniques for creativity and innovation
  • skills and techniques to communicate design concepts and express your own design practice
  • critical understandings of design history, design culture, media technologies, interaction design and their relationships.


This course will prepare you for employment in design practice at entry level, professional upskilling or continuing to further studies. You’ll also receive 24 credit points toward the Diploma of Design & Architecture at UTS College and a pathway to the Bachelor of Design (Fashion and Textile Design) or (Product Design) or (Visual Communication) at UTS.

What you will learn

On completing this course, you’ll have:

  • developed design concepts
  • learned a reflective approach to design practice
  • foundational knowledge and skills in design history and design thinking
  • effectively used written and visual methods of presenting design ideas.

Subjects

Course code: DADC001

Students develop the skills to move between, and create, various means of communication; turning ideas into designs and turning designs into verbal and written content. Students learn to critically reflect on design and successfully explain their own designs by incorporating appropriate modes of communication in their seminars, presentations and reports.

Course code: DDWO001

Students learn the importance of critical thinking and iterative working methods in the development of good design thinking. Students explore a range of design media spanning photography, film, drawing, modelling, sound and magazines via operational systems of framing, sequence, notation, scale, ambience and montage/collages.

Course code: DRDH001

Students develop an historical understanding of design and engage with design history to critically assess practical design projects and participate in debates within the field of design. Students learn research and critical thinking skills that may be applied in other subjects, educational contexts and professional practice.

Course code: DSMC001

Students are introduced to methods for making sense of the internet and social media, including critical frameworks for examining online cultures and their own experiences using these platforms. Students learn about the interaction designs that empower digital connectivity and the way different cultures are responding to those interaction designs.

Contact hours

For each subject, you can expect:
 
  • four hours per week of face-to-face classes (held Live Online)
  • approximately six hours per week for independent study, assessment tasks and assignments.

Entry requirements

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • completed Year 12 qualifications (HSC or equivalent) two or more years ago
  • achieved a 75% average HSC subject mark (based on English PLUS three best board-developed courses)
  • are at least 18 years old and an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian Permanent Resident (PR) visa holder.
 

You’ll need to submit a short personal statement (no more than two A4 pages) which covers your work and life experience, HSC results, and any post-secondary studies (e.g. TAFE, VET, Uni) you have completed. All certificates, including course results and proof of citizenship or residency, must be certified.

Requirements for completion

To be awarded an undergraduate certificate, you must complete, and pass, all units of the program. You must complete your studies and be awarded the certificate by the end of 2021.

Recognition of prior learning

On successful completion of the undergraduate certificate, you’ll receive 24 credit points (cps) as Recognition of Prior Learning toward the Diploma of Design & Architecture at UTS College.

FAQs

Questions? See our FAQs or contact us on 1800 896 994 (within Australia).

Testimonials

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<strong>TJ O’Brien</strong>, Design student, UTS College Diploma of Design graduate, now studying Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication at UTS

TJ O’Brien, Design student, UTS College Diploma of Design graduate, now studying Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication at UTS

"I felt very thankful. The support from the tutors was perfect. It was a while since I’d been in that kind of learning environment, so I think the feedback they gave, and the constant push to achieve my best really helped. I appreciated it. It was stressful at times, but it paid off with tangible results."

<strong>Ezra Abisha Tinkir</strong>, Design student, UTS College Diploma of Design graduate, now studying Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication at UTS

Ezra Abisha Tinkir, Design student, UTS College Diploma of Design graduate, now studying Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication at UTS

"UTS College helped me a lot, because I got a lot of new knowledge about design. It further developed my skills so I can do a lot more on the computer and I understand software better. Now that I’ve moved on to UTS, I feel like I have a head-start amongst my group."

<strong>Benjamin Wettstein</strong>, Design student, UTS College Diploma of Design graduate, now studying Bachelor of Fashion and Textiles at UTS

Benjamin Wettstein, Design student, UTS College Diploma of Design graduate, now studying Bachelor of Fashion and Textiles at UTS

"At UTS College, especially in the design stream, you really learn how to present your ideas. I was very anxious at first, but now I’ve learnt to enjoy it. If you’re determined, you can always do the thing you want to do. UTS College is a great opportunity that helps you transfer into your academic future."

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