Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Design (Z0N)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


Semester 1
Semester 1
Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please refer to courses to explore courses that are offered to international students.

Design is at work in every aspect of human existence. We are inherently change agents and with a design education, you can make change towards creative adaptation and positive impact in our constantly changing world.

In this course we’ll guide you to work with design thinking and design processes, visual language and form, design for inclusive interactions, and strategies and tools for creative enterprise. By understanding major shifts in how design fields now operate, you’ll gain foundational design knowledge and a framework for identifying opportunities.

Wherever you are, you can apply design skills to your interests in any sector or current role. Designing communications, services, experiences and new business models – with the technical, problem-solving and interpersonal skills valued in workplaces and community – are but a few of the many ways you can apply design.

You’ll be learning by doing with hands-on design activities developing, prototyping and testing ideas, and creating projects through which you can progress your goals. Our practice-based learning approach means your tutors are industry-embedded, guiding you to explore places, cases and practices relevant for you and always connecting people and planet.

You can also develop your design skillset toward a more specialist design role and gain credit towards the Associate Degree in Applied Design. This course expands your learning and offers three stream options: Communication Design, Digital Design and Business Design.

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  • 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

Practice-based, experiential learning and portfolio development is a key component of the Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Design.

We help you develop transferable skills by providing an authentic and engaging learning experience with work-based components that you can tailor to your individual circumstances. This means you can contextualise your learning to your personal interests through authentic simulated experiences, or for those already in the industry, you are encouraged to apply and complete relevant assessments within your work environment.

You will be 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.

Career outcomes

The Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Design is an introductory course and can be used as a stepping stone for further study in design.

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 and/or the Bachelor of Design.

This course can also be used as a professional development for those who wish to understand more about design to apply to their current/future work.

Course structure

Completion of the Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Design requires four core 12.5 credit point units.

Design thinking draws on creative, iterative and collaborative approaches to problem-solving, including exploration of potential solutions though idea generation, rapid prototyping and testing. While conventional approaches to problem-solving often rely on the application of highly structured methodologies and process controls,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Launceston5 Week Session Jan B

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will investigate elements and principles of visual language in art and design, to understand the importance of aesthetics in design and its application to real world projects. You will also be introduced to the nature of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

User Experience (UX) design seeks to improve the usability, accessibility, and pleasure a product or service provides by identifying the specific points of interaction. By adjusting these points, data can be captured, and improvements measured and replicated. Once you learn…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces you to the creative industries and the roles of the so-called ‘creative class’ and creative entrepreneur in shaping communities, urban development and digital economies in recent decades. By delving critically into the discourse of creative entrepreneurship you…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

Applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years)

  • This course does not use ATAR as part of the admission process.
  • To be an eligible for an offer, you must have completed the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or an equivalent qualification.

Applicants with previous higher education study

  • To be eligible for an offer, you must have completed at least one unit of study (equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points) at introductory level or higher at any Australian higher education provider
  • If you failed any units, the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made.

Applicants with previous VET / TAFE study

  • To be eligible for an offer, you must have completed Certificate III or above.

Applications on the basis of work or life experience

  • If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, you may still be eligible for an offer if you have work and life experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course. To provide evidence of relevant work and life experience you should complete a personal competency statement

Special consideration

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.

Passes in units in other incomplete courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution may be credited towards the undergraduate certificate.

Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

Students completing the Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Design will receive advanced standing for four 12.5 credit point units of the Associate Degree in Applied Design.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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