Course code: HE20553V01

Undergraduate Certificate in Arts for Wellness

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Overview About this course

The Undergraduate Certificate in Arts for Wellness is where creative practice and community services meet. If you're driven to help others and have a passion for art, then this is the perfect course for you. Learn in high quality art studios and empower individuals with complex needs to foster a sense of independence. Use art to boost clients' wellbeing, cultivate specialist communication skills and build community spirit. Enter the sector as a community arts worker where your regular day at work can change someone’s life for the better.

Course duration

6 months full time or 1 year part time

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Develop specialist communication skills for direct practice for clients with complex needs

  • Analyse models of sustainable community engagement and participation to facilitate community capacity building

  • Increase individual functioning and community capacity building through group work

  • Apply theories and techniques in a studio environment that can be used for arts for wellness

  • Compare and contrast a range of intervention models for individuals with complex needs

  • Apply theories and techniques in a studio environment that can be used for arts for wellness

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • Graduate with an Undergraduate Certificate (AQF 5)

  • Employ arts for wellness to boost clients' wellbeing

  • Use artistic, communication and interpersonal skills to effectively work with individual clients, groups and communities

  • Apply problem solving skills to new and complex situations in a broad range of community services practices

  • This course has been accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

  • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent or

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent or

  • A completed certificate IV qualification or higher vocational qualification or

  • Completion of at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution


  • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • The ability to work with people with complex needs

  • An interest in visual arts practice and its potential to promote wellness in group or individual settings

  • The ability to attend Kingswood campus 1 day per week for your practical subjects

  • Access to a computer and reliable internet to complete the two online subjects, access additional study materials and complete your assessments. You can access this equipment on campus, however, it is highly recommended you have your own equipment available.

  • Capacity to login and participate in a range of online learning activities plus readings and assessment work each week for the online subjects (10hrs per week)

  • The ability to purchase some art materials for the course. A list will be supplied on enrolment. The approximate cost of these materials will be between $100 and $300.

You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

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.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: community services worker, community arts worker, community cultural development officer, arts in health educator , youth worker and first nations support worker.


Your career in the community arts and services industry will take you to many places, putting you into contact with vulnerable and even at-risk peoples. Please note that in order to work in the industry, you may need to provide evidence of: a Working with Children Check (WWCC), National Police Check, COVID vaccinations, flu vaccination and any additional evidence your employer requires

Study pathways

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Your experience counts

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.

Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 4 subjects (40 credit points) made up of 4 core subjects.

Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

      Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

      TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

      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

      • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

      • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

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