Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (CUA30720)

Our VET students are curious, creative thinkers who come to Whitehouse from all over Australia. They challenge and inspire each other while learning from an experienced faculty who are practicing artists and designers. Start early and become a part of our unique learning community while you are still in High School.

In the recently conducted national VET Student Experience Survey (VETSES), Wave 1 report, Whitehouse Certificate III in Design Fundamentals VET in Senior Secondary Schools, Sydney and Melbourne campus, 96.0% of Whitehouse students said they were satisfied (and 0.0% dissatisfied) with their training overall, compared to 81.4% satisfied and 7.3% of students dissatisfied, nationally.

Join us in Years 10, 11 or 12 to complete your Certificate III, offered in three focus areas of design:

  • Fashion,
  • Interiors OR
  • Creative Direction & Styling.

Speak to your High School Careers Advisor/VET Pathways Coordinator and ask about how this program can work for you!

Completing this course entitles you to direct entry into our globally recognised and competitive Bachelor of Design program. You won't need to apply and wait in line, you can jump the queue with guaranteed entry no matter what your ATAR score is! 


VET for Secondary Students

Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

The Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (CUA30720) is offered at Whitehouse for VET for Secondary Students. The course enables you to prepare a professionally presented creative portfolio containing responses to a comprehensive range of design briefs. 

Your Specialisation Options

Students can choose of one of three focus areas to apply the design fundamentals: Fashion Visualisation, Interior Visualisation or Creative Direction Visualisation.


Facilities & Infrastructure

With design-centric campuses in Melbourne and Sydney, Whitehouse students are provided with state-of-the-art facilities within each of their subjects. Exclusive access to digital resources and a comprehensive library ensures that students have extensive research support.

The Whitehouse environment is collaborative, supportive and encouraging. Check out our campuses here.


Josie Salvato | Student Story

“ Undertaking the VET program in high school was the perfect first step into my education in Design. I gained the relevant skills and knowledge to ensure that there was an easy transition into the Bachelor degree. After completing my Bachelor, I decided to move into the Master of Design program at Whitehouse. Each of these stepping stones has played a vital role in my education  and the future steps I wish to take in my career.”

VET Graduate Outcomes

Students who successfully complete all Units of Competency will receive the nationally recognised qualification Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (CUA30720). You will also have a creative portfolio which can be used in a variety of ways including to pursue design studies.

For students in New South Wales, the Certification III in Design Fundamentals (CUA30720) will provide 2 units of HSC credit towards Year 11 and 2 units towards Year 12 studies.

For students in Victoria, the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (CUA30720) will provide credit towards the VCE and VCAL. For VCE students, these programs will provide credit towards the VCE at Units 3 and 4 level. Schools are asked to verify the amount of credit available for students once VASS enrolments are completed. Where a Units 3 and 4 sequences is available contribution towards the ATAR is subject to VTAC policy.