Certificate IV in Design CUA40715 - Foundation for Professional Portfolio Development

From Australia. To the World. 

The first part of this course will be spent investigating different areas of art and design, identifying your strengths and personal interests. As the course progresses, you’ll have more freedom to specialise in your chosen area of design. This will help you grow as a designer and determine which design direction your academic path and future career may proceed. The course is fast-paced, fun, creative and it will encourage you to develop your artistic ability. This dynamic course will give you the opportunity to not only study in Australia, but to also experience Australia. 


Part One | Art & Process - 7 Weeks

Location: Melbourne

You will develop research sketchbook work that reflects your personal strengths. You will manage your time and develop strategies to support your progressional aims. You will also practise presentation techniques you will be able to apply the understanding and skills you develop in this unit to support your progression to further study and to your art and design practice. Part one will enable you to develop an understanding of the key concepts which influence the creative intentions and practices of contemporary artists and designers. It will also encourage an awareness of environmental, global, social and political references which impact upon and can affect developments in areas of art, design and communication.

Subjects covered in Part One:

  • Research
  • Concept Development
  • Life Drawing
  • Art History
  • Colour 


Part Two | Refine - 1 Week

Location: Australian Outback 

This is a skills building workshop, students will be encouraged to explore the characteristics and qualities of a range of media. Refine: At the end of part two students will have an understanding of illustration for Fashion, still life (textiles), interiors and also food styling for still life illustration using a variation of media, the aim is to broaden your scope of practice. This gives students the opportunity to investigate potential progression routes.

Subjects covered in Part Two:

  • Illustration for Fashion
  • Illustration for Interiors
  • Food styling for Still Life illustration
  • Still life for textiles 


Part Three | Design Directives - 8 Weeks

Location: Sydney

Within this final part of the program students will identify a specialist pathway, Fashion, Creative Direction, Interiors, or Digital Fashion Natives. Creative practitioners use the understanding of the contemporary visual world and the awareness of cultural and historical development to inform and inspire specialist design work. Part Three will enable students to develop an understanding of key concepts which influence your creative intentions and practice. The aim is to support and enhance student preferred area of practice through targeting research and visual communication leading to a presentation of profession portfolio.

Subjects covered in Part Three:

  • Reading a design brief
  • Introduction to Photoshop for designers
  • Introduction to Illustrator for designers
  • Depending on your specialism one of the following
    • Visual communication for Fashion
    • Visual communication for Art Direction
    • Visual communication for Interiors
  • Professional Portfolio presentation 


Type Vocational Education
Availability Domestic and international
Fee help N/A
Study mode Block/Intensive
Duration 16 weeks
Course code CUA40715
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Cricos 093757G
Next intake Currently accepting applications for 2017
  • Creative Direction & Styling
  • Fashion design
  • Interior design
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • How To Apply

    What happens next?

    1. Apply online to register your expression of interest for this 16 week course. If you have any questions about this course or other courses that Whitehouse Institute offers, please email
    2. Upon review of your application, one of our student recruitment officers will be in contact with you via email and possibly Skype. We are here to discuss everything you might need to know about this course and what you can expect from your 16 weeks here in Australia. 
    3. Successful applicants to the course will be issued with a letter of acceptance and an invoice of AUD$1000.00 which will need to be paid to secure your place with us. 


  • Why study with Whitehouse in Australia?

    • Leading private education in design since 1988.
    • Dedicated working studio space for young designers.
    • Campuses in both Sydney and Mebourne support the ultimate Autralian experience.
    • Professional portfolio preparation and development by teachers working within the design industry.
    • Direct entry into Whitehouse Bachelor of Design (24month undergraduate degree). 
  • Fees - 2017

    All fees are charged in Australian Dollars. A deposit of AUD$1,000 is required to secure your place with us. The total cost for this 16 week programme is AUD$9980.00. Please note that this is for the course itself and does not include living/accomodation costs associated with this course. To discuss payment plans and to find out more information, please email  

  • FAQs

    Does Whitehouse have VET FEE HELP?

    VET FEE-HELP is avaialble to eligible students interested in studying the following part-time design courses:


    • Diploma of Visual Merchandising
    • Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration
    • Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

    Advanced Diplomas:

    • Advanced Diploma of Interior Design
    • Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
    Can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

    Yes, you can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning or academic credit.

    Is attendance monitored?

    Whitehouse does record attendance. We believe that attendance at 80% or more of classes optimises the student’s learning experience.

    What happens if I am sick?

    It is your responsibility to notify Whitehouse if you are unwell and will not be attending class. Please call your respective campus and notify reception. Medical certificates are required if you are sick for more than one day and if you miss an assessment. 

    Sydney 02 9267 8799

    Melbourne 03 9600 3625

    When is the campus open?

    The Whitehouse campuses are open at the following times:

    Monday 8am - 9pm
    Tuesday 8am - 9pm
    Wednesday - Friday 8am - 6pm
    Saturday & Sunday - Closed


    Is there a canteen?

    Whitehouse does not have a canteen but student kitchens are available at each campus on Level 4.

    When do I get my timetable?

    Timetables change every 10 weeks and will be distributed to students on or before the first day of term.

    What materials do I need?

    Art Kits can be purchsed through Whitehouse or students can assemble their own. Please view the Incidental Fees Schedule for Art Kit costs. Please note that additional material costs are at the discretion of the student and are dependent on student choice of quality and type of materials. 

    What do I get when I finish the course?

    Students who successfully complete a course will receive a nationally recognised qualification and acknowledgement of units successfully completed.

    What do I get if I do not finish the course?

    Students who do not successfully complete a qualification will receive a Statement of Attainment for units successfully completed once fee payment is finalised. 

    Can I get a Visa to study Vocational courses?

    No, these qualifications are not CRICOS registered and therefore students are not eligible for a visa.

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