Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Design
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
- 27 Jun 21
- 04 Jul 21
- 26 Sep 21
- 17 Oct 21
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Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Identify and apply design concepts, principles and practices to develop and present ideas and information
- Generate and refine design propositions through iterative practice employing creative ideation and technical skills
- Employ professional and collaborative conduct when applying principles of design practices
The Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Design will introduce an exciting future of working in the creative design industry. This is an excellent opportunity to kickstart your career, as employment projections for designers are upwards trending and set to grow by 13.2% by 2024*.
Some of the exciting roles that your studies may lead to include:
Creative technologist: As a creative technologist, you combine your passion for design and technology to create ideas and solutions that improve the user experience in the digital space.
Graphic Designer: Learn how to communicate ideas and inspire consumers by designing visual concepts created using computer software or by hand.
Event Designer: Consider the themes, intentions, locations, audiences and resources of events. Create immersive, atmospheric and enjoyable experiences.
Design Futurist: Gain the knowledge, skills and experiences for diverse careers in future industries such as design for health, food innovation, ecotourism and social enterprises.
If you complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Design and wish to continue further study, you can transition into further study, with credit towards an Associate Degree in Applied Design
A career in design prepares you for a wide range of future careers in this ever-changing work environment.
*Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
Practice-based, experiential learning and portfolio development is a key component of the Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Design. In order to develop key transferable practitioner skills, students are exposed to authentic and engaging learning experiences designed to develop their understanding of work and the workplace. The work-based components will be tailored to individual student circumstances.
Students with current employment will be encouraged to apply and complete relevant assessments within their work environment. At a minimum, students without access to a relevant work environment will be provided with authentic simulated experiences.
Students are introduced to:
- Different methods of and approaches to practice;
- How issues such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership are reflected in the workplace and;
- The role of reflection and deliberative thinking in developing workplace-based knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations.
Completed at least one undergraduate unit
Completed the TCE (or equivalent)
A completed VET Certificate III or higher
Work and Life
If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have relevant work and life experience you can complete a personal competency statement. You may be eligible for an offer if you have work and life experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.
If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.
We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Design is the perfect opportunity to put your creative mind to the test and kick-start an exciting career in design.
Designers help to shape the way we see the world around us. By creating products we love to use, services we rely on, and experiences that we live for, they’re essentially the tastemakers of the modern world.
In this course you will learn what it means to be a real-world creative problem solver. You’ll be introduced to the key aspects of design aesthetics by learning about the visual language in art and design, such as the impact of colours, patterns, shapes and textures.
A key focus of your studies is the globally-recognised problem-solving process of Design Thinking. You will learn how to research, prototype and test ideas based on a human-centered approach, that places people’s needs at the core of the problem.
You’ll also learn key entrepreneurial skills that will help you to navigate the market, including how to price, promote and pitch your products and services.
Best of all, this course will have you feeling prepared for current and new emerging design industry jobs in Tasmania and beyond, guided by industry-connected staff.
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended.
Year 1. 4 subjects in first year including
- TAS-ZAD121 Design Thinking
- TAS-ZAD122 Design Aesthetics
- TAS-ZAD123 User Experience (UX) Design
- TAS-ZAD124 Creative Entrepreneur
Satisfactory completion of 4 subjects, as required in the schedule to be eligible for this award
You can apply direct through Open Universities Australia.
Once you've checked your eligibility, apply and enrol for this degree following the steps. This degree also allows you to get started with Open access.
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