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CUA51120 | 110425D

Diploma of Visual Arts

Unlock your creative talents with this visual arts diploma qualification. This course is perfect for individuals seeking self employment or work within the wider creative industries community.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: South Bank Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 1 year
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Sunshine Coast Far North Queensland North Queensland
WAYS TO STUDY On campus International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$8,700
Subsidised
$10,005
Full Fee
$16,095
International
$18,000
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Course overview

Take your creative skills to the next level with this diploma qualification. This course will enhance and develop further learning within the broader creative arts field.

The creative arts industry plays an important role in Australia's economy. According to the Australian Government's MySkills service, it contributes over $10 billion to the economy and employs nearly 100,000 people. The emergence of new technologies and wide range of job prospects available mean this is an exciting industry to be a part of.

This course enables you to specialise in core areas of visual culture and professional practice with electives in painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and digital media technology, combining specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills within the creative arts sector. TAFE Queensland's leading industry experts and specialist educators can provide you with the skills you need to flourish within the competitive creative arts sector.

Successful completion of the Diploma of Visual Arts will give you the skills and attributes to seek self employment or other creative occupations within a wide range of arts, government, community or commercial organisations.

What can I do?

  • Woodwork Designer
  • Printmaker
  • Commercial Textile Designer
  • Ceramic Artist
  • Visual Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Painter (Visual Arts)
  • Sculptor
  • Digital Artist
  • Glasswork Artist

Course outcome:

CUA51120 Diploma of Visual Arts

Industry-standard facilities

Our learning spaces are more than just classrooms. Our working studios are equipped with industry standard tools, equipment and machines. This means you'll be prepared for real-world scenarios, with guidance from our team of industry professionals.

Pathways to university

Students in the Greater Brisbane area wishing to continue their studies can take advantage of our partnership with the University of Canberra. Successful completion of your diploma will automatically qualify you for a provisional place in the Bachelor of Creative Industries (Visual Arts) with up to one year of credit.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 10 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

Stage 1 - Studio

  • Stage 1 - Studio

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAPPR511
    Realise a body of creative work
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAPPR511
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to integrate conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create a coherent body of work in any creative form.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Realise a body of creative work

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAPPR515
    Establish and maintain safe creative practice
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAPPR515
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine and respond effectively to broad and specific safety requirements in a professional practice.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Establish and maintain safe creative practice

Stage 1 - Drawing

  • Stage 1 - Drawing

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAACD531
    Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAACD531
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use drawing and other visual representation tools to develop, refine and communicate ideas for creative work.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

Stage 2 - Professional Practice

  • Stage 2 - Professional Practice

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAPPR512
    Develop sustainability of own professional practice
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAPPR512
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish goals for own professional practice and determine how your practice can be developed in a sustainable way. All aspects of sustainability, such as individual, social, environmental and economic, should be considered.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Develop sustainability of own professional practice

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAPPR513
    Present a body of own creative work
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAPPR513
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use creative, technical and project management skills to produce a professional and innovative presentation of own creative work.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Present a body of own creative work

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $8,700
  • Subsidised: $10,005
  • Full fee: $16,095
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $8,700
  • Subsidised: $10,005
  • Full fee: $16,095
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $8,700
  • Subsidised: $10,005
  • Full fee: $16,095
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
up to 2 years
Part time
Classroom
  • Concession: $8,700
  • Subsidised: $10,005
  • Full fee: $16,095
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Townsville (Pimlico)
24 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Classroom
  • Concession: $8,700
  • Subsidised: $10,005
  • Full fee: $16,095
Townsville (Pimlico)
24 Jan 2023
up to 2 years
Part time
Classroom
  • Concession: $8,700
  • Subsidised: $10,005
  • Full fee: $16,095
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $18,000
South Bank
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $18,000
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $8,700
  • Subsidised: $10,005
  • Full fee: $16,095
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $8,700
  • Subsidised: $10,005
  • Full fee: $16,095
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $8,700
  • Subsidised: $10,005
  • Full fee: $16,095
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
up to 2 years
Part time
Classroom
  • Concession: $8,700
  • Subsidised: $10,005
  • Full fee: $16,095
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Townsville (Pimlico)
24 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 4 days per week
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Classroom
  • Concession: $8,700
  • Subsidised: $10,005
  • Full fee: $16,095
Townsville (Pimlico)
24 Jan 2023
up to 2 years
Part time
Classroom
  • Concession: $8,700
  • Subsidised: $10,005
  • Full fee: $16,095
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $18,000
South Bank
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $18,000

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Diploma of Visual Arts (CUA51120)
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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VET Student Loan - $16,221 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

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Entry requirements

To enter this qualification, individuals must have the technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in selected medium.

Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or through formal study.

Selection criteria

Domestic Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic Students:

  • Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent); or
  • you are of mature age with relevant work experience or qualifications
  • For students with no previous art training, please submit examples of your artwork, particularly work produced within the last 2 years. No compulsory items have been specified however, but it is highly recommend you include works in a range of both traditional media and computer generated images. Folio pieces may include 5 -10 pieces with description.

N.B Students who have completed the CUA31115 Cert III in Visual Arts or CUA30715 Cert III in Design Fundamentals can use their work as a portfolio.

 

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - View a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International.
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. View more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.
  • All applicants must submit a portfolio:
    • Your folio should express your current art achievement, potential and commitment. Folio pieces may include both traditional media and computer generated images (please include 5 -10 pieces).
    • No compulsory items are specified; however we highly recommend you include works in a range of media.
    • Submit photographs or colour copies in an A3 or A4 folder with plastic sleeves and please make sure to label each page.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system (Connect), and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

You will also be required to have access to and bring to class some art materials and supplies. Details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation. 
Please note: the purchase of these items may incur additional costs of up to $250.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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