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CUA31120

Certificate III in Visual Arts

Start your career in the arts with this entry-level qualification that will hone your skills to work as a visual artist across a number of mediums.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: South Bank Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 6 months
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Sunshine Coast Far North Queensland North Queensland
WAYS TO STUDY On campus TAFE at School
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$555 - $660
Subsidised
$555 - $660
Full Fee
$4,995
TAFE at School Full Fee
$3,590
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Course overview

Begin your career in the arts with this entry-level qualification. This course will hone your skills to work across a number of arts mediums as well as giving you the foundation knowledge needed to undertake further study in the 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 will give you the practical skills and knowledge to explore the use of colour, use visual components to communicate ideas, and develop critical thinking techniques. Our highly experienced and passionate teaching team have years of industry experience and will give you the one-on-one guidance needed to prepare you for a career in the creative industries.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work in a variety of roles as either an arts and media professional, sculptor, painter, or visual arts and crafts professional. It will also give you the core skills needed to undertake further study in the visual arts field and other creative areas.

What can I do?

  • Painter (Visual Arts)
  • Sculptor
  • Arts and Media Professional
  • Ceramics Studio Assistant

Course outcome:

CUA31120 Certificate III in Visual Arts

UPGRADE YOUR QUALIFICATION

Got a taste for something more? Use this course as a pathway to higher qualifications in a number of creative areas including photography, screen and media, film and television, animation and visual effects, or interactive media.

INDUSTRY-STANDARD FACILITIES

We have an extensive suite of visual arts facilities including ceramics workshops and kilns, printmaking equipment, drawing and photography studios, AV equipment, and hardware and digital labs that include 3D printing and motion capture facilities. Students study in modern learning spaces including lecture theatres, classrooms, and breakout learning spaces.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 8 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBWHS211
    Contribute to the health and safety of self and others
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBWHS211
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in a manner that is healthy and safe in relation to self and others, and to assist in responding to incidents.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Contribute to the health and safety of self and others

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAPPR311
    Produce creative work
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAPPR311
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and produce creative work in any media. Work is typically produced through exploration of ideas, techniques, tools, equipment and materials.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Produce creative work

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAACD311
    Produce drawings to communicate ideas
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAACD311
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas. It does not relate to drawing as an art form. It involves planning drawing work, experimenting with ideas and producing drawings.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Produce drawings to communicate ideas
    (Colour Cluster)

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUARES301
    Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice
    UNIT CODE :
    CUARES301
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess the relevance of historical and theoretical information for application to own arts practice.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice
    (Theory Cluster)

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time up to 4 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
6 months
ART FOCUS: Full Time 2 days per week
Wednesday, Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $555
  • Subsidised: $555
  • Full fee: $4,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Part time
Classroom
  • Concession: $555
  • Subsidised: $555
  • Full fee: $4,995
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 4 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $555
  • Subsidised: $555
  • Full fee: $4,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Townsville (Pimlico)
24 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $555
  • Subsidised: $555
  • Full fee: $4,995
Townsville (Pimlico)
24 Jan 2023
1 year
Part time
Classroom
  • Concession: $555
  • Subsidised: $555
  • Full fee: $4,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
Part time 1 day per week
Classroom
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $3,590
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time up to 4 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
6 months
ART FOCUS: Full Time 2 days per week
Wednesday, Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $555
  • Subsidised: $555
  • Full fee: $4,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Part time
Classroom
  • Concession: $555
  • Subsidised: $555
  • Full fee: $4,995
Cairns
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 4 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $555
  • Subsidised: $555
  • Full fee: $4,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Townsville (Pimlico)
24 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Classroom
  • Concession: $555
  • Subsidised: $555
  • Full fee: $4,995
Townsville (Pimlico)
24 Jan 2023
1 year
Part time
Classroom
  • Concession: $555
  • Subsidised: $555
  • Full fee: $4,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
Part time 1 day per week
Classroom
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $3,590

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Certificate III in Visual Arts (CUA31120)
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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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Resources required

It is recommended that you 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. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

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. 

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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