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  • CUA51115 / 308JA.1

Diploma of Visual Arts / Bachelor of Visual Arts

In partnership with the University of Canberra
At a glance

At a glance

Establish your career in the visual arts with this advanced dual qualification and develop a broad range of specialist knowledge and skills to work within the wider creative industries community.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Arts Professionals
  • Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Sculptor
  • Painter (Visual Arts)
  • Milliner
  • Costume Jewellery Designer
  • Fashion Accessories Designer
  • Potter or Ceramic Artist
  • Graphic Designer
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CUA51115 / 308JA.1 Diploma of Visual Arts / Bachelor of Visual Arts

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Course overview

Course overview

Start your career in the creative industries sooner with this advanced dual qualification. This creative pathway, delivered in partnership with the University of Canberra, has been specifically designed to appeal to those wishing to gain a broad range of specialised skills in visual arts.

The visual arts industry includes a broad range of sectors with diverse employment outcomes. Business and entrepreneurial skills will play an increasingly prominent role for individual artists and practitioners. You will develop hands-on skills and techniques to build your abilities and understanding of contemporary art and culture. You will also explore contemporary arts and expand into cross media and multi-disciplinary visual arts practices.

This course enables you to specialise in core areas of visual culture and professional practice. 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. Further opportunities also exist for overseas study tours.

Successful completion of this qualification 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.

Units

The successful achievement of these qualifications requires you to complete all units from the list below. This is a typical study pattern for the Bachelor of Visual Arts and may differ depending on credit received. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Year 1 Semester 1 - South Bank campus - choose all 4 units
CUAACD501
Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAPPR501
Realise a body of creative work
CUAPPR505
Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUARES503
Analyse cultural history and theory
Year 1 Semester 1 - Loganlea and Bracken Ridge campuses
CUAACD501
Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAPPR501
Realise a body of creative work
CUAPPR505
Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUARES503
Analyse cultural history and theory
Year 1 Semester 2 CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts
CUAPPR502
Develop own sustainable professional practice
CUAPPR503
Present a body of own creative work
Year 2 Semester 1 308JA.1 Bachelor of Visual Arts
9760
Contemporary Culture and Creative Practice Credit Points: 3
9701
Creative Life Credit Points: 3
9702
Creative Project 1 Credit Points: 3
9766
Multi-disciplinary Response to Landscape - Environment Credit Points: 3
Year 2 Semester 2 308JA.1 Bachelor of Visual Arts
9703
Creative Project 2 Credit Points: 3
9764
Interpret and Respond to Design Briefs Credit Points: 3
9706
Introduction to Project Management Credit Points: 3
9765
Multi-disciplinary Response to Figure - Portrait Credit Points: 3
Year 3 Semester 1 308JA.1 Bachelor of Visual Arts
9759
Artist as Curator Credit Points: 3
9700
Creative Career Credit Points: 3
9704
Creative Project 3 Credit Points: 3
9762
Exploration of Digital Visuals Credit Points: 3
Year 3 Semester 2 308JA.1 Bachelor of Visual Arts
9761
Creative Currency in Art & Community Credit Points: 3
9705
Creative Project 4 Credit Points: 3
9763
Exploration of Visual Identity Credit Points: 3
9707
Marketing and Innovation Credit Points: 3

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Year 1 Semester 1 - South Bank campus - choose 3 of the 4 elective units below
CUASCU502
Investigate sculptural materials and processes
CUACER502
Investigate ceramic materials and processes
CUAPRI502
Investigate printmaking materials and processes
CUAPAI502
Investigate painting materials and processes
Year 1 Semester 1 - Loganlea and Bracken Ridge campuses
CUASCU502
Investigate sculptural materials and processes
CUAPRI502
Investigate printmaking materials and processes
CUAPAI502
Investigate painting materials and processes
Year 1 Semester 2 CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts
CUAEVP403
Install and dismantle exhibition elements
CUAPRI501
Refine printmaking techniques
CUARES502
Critique cultural works
CUASCU501
Refine sculptural techniques
CUACER501
Refine ceramics techniques
CUADIG508
Refine digital art techniques
CUADRA501
Refine drawing techniques
CUAPAI501
Refine painting techniques

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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.

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  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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.

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Applying for a course does not guarantee you a place in that course. Your place is only guaranteed once you enrol into units. Enrolling means that you are committing yourself to study, and to paying the associated fees. The tuition fees and applicable charges are required to be paid at enrolment or by scheduled instalment dates either by yourself, a nominated third party (e.g. your employer), or as identified within a contract for delivery of TAFE Queensland training.

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HECS‑HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme for eligible students studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place, that covers the cost of your tuition fees on your behalf.

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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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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

This qualification has no formal entry requirements however TAFE Queensland has the following selection criteria:

  • Completion of Year 12
  • Non school-leavers are selected according to eligibility and merit, vocational experience, previous study and existing skillsets.
  • Submission of a portfolio

Please note: Portfolio submission is required in addition to your QTAC application. TAFE Queensland will invite you to submit your portfolio after your QTAC application has been received.

If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.

Diploma portion:

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, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Bachelor portion:

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access University of Canberra’s online learning system Canvas and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Need to know

Bachelor Portion:

All students are required to pay a Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships:

The University of Canberra offer a wide range of undergraduate scholarships to suit different needs, situations and study interests. They have scholarships available in Semester One and Semester Two of each year. Scholarships can be applied for by both new and continuing students up until census date of each semester

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.

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.

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How to apply

How to apply

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. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland