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Diploma of Visual Arts (Product Design)

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National ID: CUA51115 | State ID: AB60


Take your product design skills to the next level

The Diploma of Visual Arts (Product Design) will develop your design skills and knowledge through hands on projects that require you to take your ideas all the way from concept to prototype. It is taught in our extensive purpose-built facilities and specialised studios based in the creative and cultural heart of the city that is home to the Art Gallery of WA, PICA and many other smaller galleries.

This course offers a diverse exploration of  the 3D design industry where you will have the opportunity to create consumer products such as furniture, home wares, commercial objects and wearable object design. 

Successfully complete the Diploma and you could find yourself designing high end furniture, or products for the home or commercial use.

To enrol you will need to have completed CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design (Product Design), or equivalent (you may be required to submit a practical test and/or portfolio of art and design evidence).

Gain these skills

  • Originate and develop concepts
  • 3D design ideas and processes
  • Model making
  • Digital design and art techniques (including CAD)
  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

Is this course right for me?

 I have the following attributes:

  • Creativity and a love of design
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Practical with technical ability

 Core Units

Unit Title

National ID

Refine drawing and other visual representation tools CUAACD501
Realise a body of creative work CUAPPR501
Develop own sustainable professional practice CUAPPR502
Present a body of own creative work CUAPPR503
Establish and maintain safe creative practice CUAPPR505
Analyse cultural history and theory CUARES503

Elective Units

Unit Title

National ID

Refine model making skills CUAACD508
Refine 3D design ideas and processes CUAACD507
Refine digital art techniques CUADIG508
Undertake project work BSBPMG522
Undertake marketing activities BSBMKG414
Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief BSBDES502
Originate and develop concepts BSBCRT501
Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements MEM30031A
Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models MEM30033A
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Studying at North Metro TAFE has very much prepared me for industry. Claire Garcia-Webb 

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Product designer, furniture designer, industrial designer, shoe designer, wearable object designer.

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:

University - Bachelor Degree of Design, Bachelor Degree of Building Design

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Course Overview

WhereNorthbridge Building 6

2 semesters (1 year) full time

WhenWas available Semester 1, 2018
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Local full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by NMT to be used by students during the course.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.


International Students

Check TAFE International WA to confirm this course is available to international students. You will pay your tuition fees to TIWA.

How to apply

Visit our Apply and Enrol page to find out how to apply for full-time, part-time or online courses.

International students please view your application process here.

For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

For all other enquiries please call us on 1300 300 822 or email:

Please note, fees are subject to change.

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