Build your confidence and explore your creativity in this introductory course. Hone your visual art skills to communicate ideas, work with various mediums and pursue further study. Collaborate and connect with like-minded peers in the creative arts.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Develop your observation and technical drawing skills
Research the art industry and apply what you've learned to your own practice
Develop core technical skills in painting, printmaking and sculpture
Collaborate and work well with others
Build your awareness of work health and safety practices for yourself and others
Plan a career in the arts industry
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level
A pathway to further study in visual arts, ceramics or photography
A portfolio of creative work that demonstrates your technical skills and creativity
Exposure to a range of visual arts techniques and mediums
A fundamental understanding of art theory and the social and cultural contexts that influence art
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Strong attention to detail
An interest in pursuing a career in the visual arts industry
An ability to work and collaborate with others
Creativity or an interest in developing your visual communication skills using art elements and principles of design
A desire to learn basic visual art skills, including drawing
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: visual artist, art therapist, or art conservator with the Diploma of Visual Arts.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.
The Certificate III in Visual Arts does not have any pre-requisite courses.
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Visual Arts qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 12 units of competency, including 4 core and 8 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
TAFE NSW Libraries
Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential
Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills
Student associations – get social with our student community
On campus, online and blended study environments; at TAFE NSW your learning works with your lifestyle. Heart your favourites, compare courses and discover what works for you.