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PDC50635 - Understanding Design

Course Details

Course Summary

This online Short Course will provide students with an understanding of the elements of design in a choice of digital or traditional arts streams.

The course covers all content from three units from CUA20715 – Certificate II in Visual Art and will enable students to gain recognition of prior learning (RPL) upon completion of all required assessment.

Understanding Design comprises of three short courses including:

  1. Following a Design Process
  2. Develop understanding of own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity
  3. Source and use information relevant to own arts practice

Follow a Design Process

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to follow a design process at a basic level, incorporating an element of problem-solving to identify and resolve challenges that may hinder the process. It applies to individuals who work under direct supervision and respond to the specific issues or changes which may relate to product and service requirements.

Develop understanding of own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to develop an understanding of the cultural and intellectual properties of one’s own cultural identity. The local cultural knowledge necessary to achieve competency in this course may only be accessible to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples. This course also reflects the fact that there is no single Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture.

It applies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in areas of work that include arts practice and cultural tourism. They could be preparing for work or further learning to pursue a career in the visual or performing arts, or as a tour guide in local communities. This learning and work would be closely guided by appropriate members of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities.

Source and use information relevant to own arts practice

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to access relevant historical and theoretical information relevant to one’s own area of creative work. It applies to individuals developing their skills in any area of arts practice. Supervision and guidance would usually be provided

There is no fee associated with this short course.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however, students enrolling in this course should work and/or study in the Visual Arts Industry.

Course Details

Course Type Short Course (Professional Development)
Student Availability
  • Domestic
  • International
Application Mode
  • Other
How to Apply
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Study Area
  • Creative, Performing and Visual Arts
Skill Area
  • Arts and Entertainment

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Undertaking this course enables students to meet their Continuing Professional Development obligations and industry update requirements in their profession. Upon successful completion of the course students will be awarded 16 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours and a CQUniversity Certificate of Completion.

Successful completion of this course including all assessments, qualifies for recognised prior learning (RPL) for three units in the Certificate II in Visual Arts at CQUniversity.

Course Structures

Study Mode Definitions

  • Online: Online courses provide the flexibility to study without normally requiring a student to visit a campus. Course content is studied through a number of means including the use of online discussion forums, electronic library resources, by contacting lecturers and teachers, and receiving study materials online/electronically. Work integrated learning, including placements, may be included in some courses.
  • On-campus: Students studying in on-campus mode typically are expected to attend and participate in regular, structured on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the University’s academic term. These activities may include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practice, online or other activities and normally will be timetabled at a CQUniversity campus or approved delivery site.
  • Mixed Mode: Students studying in mixed mode will participate in a combination of online learning activities in addition to site-specific learning activities, which may include residential schools, co-op placements and/or work-integrated learning as a compulsory requirement of a unit. The additional site-specific learning activities are what differentiates a mixed-mode unit from an online unit.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

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Standard Course Structure

Up to 200 hours including own research and self-paced study
  • Online
No units are associated with this course

Course Learning Outcomes

Follow a Design Process

  1. List potential sources of information for new ideas, relevant to the specific context
  2. Describe creative thinking techniques that can be used to generate ideas
  3. Summarise the key steps in the design process as a way of thinking and solving problems.

Develop understanding own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity

  1. Explain own country and region, including customs, ceremonies and relationship to land
  2. Describe own family and kinship
  3. Explain matters of protocol within Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander societies
  4. List protocols for accessing information and communicating with different community members
  5. Outline ways in which knowledge can be used, how it should be used and with whom it can be shared
  6. Explain ways in which Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander protocols and cultural values impact on work practices in different contexts.

Source and use information relevant to own arts practice

  1. List sources of general information on history and theory arts practice and specific information related to own area of practice
  2. Outline techniques for organising history and theory information and information specific to own area of work
  3. Identify protocols to be observed when gathering information of a culturally sensitive nature
  4. Explain intellectual property principles and legislation related to collection and use of information in own work.


Online learning activities

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