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Certificate II in Visual Arts

National Course Code: CUA20715


The nationally recognised Certificate II in Visual Arts equips you with the fundamental creative and technical skills you need to embark on your creative arts journey. Use these transferable skills to go on to further study in specialist areas like graphic design, fashion or interior design, visual arts and 3D animation.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn:

  • The basics of design and colour principles
  • How to deliver a visual arts project from concept to reality
  • Drawing techniques
  • Drawing for communication
  • Work, health and safety principles in the design field


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • Creative thinking and innovation
  • A passion for creative practice
  • Problem solving
  • Visual communication skills


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II level
  • A strong foundation to continue your studies and branch out into other creative fields like photography, interior design, fashion design, ceramics and more
  • A portfolio of your work

Career opportunities:

  • Art studio trainee
  • Community arts assistant
  • Creative assistant
  • Performing arts technician


After completing this course, you are ready to take on the:

  • Certificate III in Design Fundamentals
  • Certificate III in Arts Administration
  • Certificate IV in Design
  • Diploma of Visual Arts
  • Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging


Australia has a thriving arts and creative sector that is globally renowned. According to the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, the sector contributes not only to cultural diversity and to social inclusion but is a strong factor in our economic growth and resilience. In fact, culture and related industries contributed an estimated $111.7 billion to Australias economy in 2016/17.


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Course details

People who are successful in this course:

  • Enjoy working with their hands
  • Have good attention to detail
  • Are imaginative, creative and innovative
  • Are self-disciplined and self-motivated
  • Have good time management skills

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development.

In this course you will undertake:

  • Knowledge-based assessments
  • Practical project assessments

This is an entry level qualification that will introduce you to the visual arts. It will help you gain insight into the creative industries, determine your preferred artistic medium and whether you want to continue studying visual arts and crafts, or the creative industry more broadly.

This course can also help you develop the foundational creative skills and drawing ability needed to pursue other creative courses available at TAFE NSW including:

  • Certificate III in Design Fundamentals
  • Certificate III in Arts Administration
  • Certificate IV in Design
  • Diploma of Ceramics
  • Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts
  • Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Basic drawing
  • Technical drawing
  • Drawing for communication
  • Operating studio equipment in the context of a creative discipline

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical, hands-on learning. You may work on real-world projects such as:

  • Community and collaborative projects
  • Working with creative professionals as mentors
  • Creative event support work

This course offers a blended delivery of face-to-face and online learning. You will study in TAFE NSW campus classrooms and studios and through our online delivery platform.

As a TAFE NSW student you will also have access to industry specific computer rooms, libraries, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities available at most TAFE NSW campuses.

The culture and related industries sector contributed an estimated $111.7 billion to Australias economy in 2016/17, which represents 6% of Australias gross domestic product.

Innovative technologies and new multi-modal art forms are changing the skills required by workers in the visual arts. Workers in this industry increasingly require a range of skills including the ability to:

  • Produce computer-aided drawings and technical drawings
  • Create 3D digital models
  • Author interactive media
  • Provide freelance services
  • Produce ceramics, video art, digital art, glasswork, sculptures and textile work
  • Write business proposals and apply for grants

Almost 6,090 people are forecast to be employed as performing arts technicians in New South Wales (NSW) in 2019/20. This is forecast to increase by 1.6% to 6,190 jobs in 2024/25.

The art labour market (including visual arts workers) is reported to be increasingly seeking employment through freelancing opportunities.

This is an entry level course with a blended delivery of face-to-face and online learning so you get the hands-on experience and engagement you need, with the convenience of some online study.

The Certificate II in Visual Arts will teach you transferrable creative skills and techniques you can use in a range of careers, or study pathways at TAFE NSW.

  • Nationally Recognised Training

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