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1 Year


The Diploma of Visual Arts gives you the skills and knowledge you need to work in the creative arts industry as a visual artist, creator, art tutor, and an assistant museum or gallery curator.

In this course, you will learn about art theory and history, and develop your ability to critically analyse information and communicate complex ideas. You will also learn specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to further your art practice and realise your artistic vision.

At TAFE NSW, you will have the opportunity to work with a range of art media, including ceramics, digital art, drawing and illustration, painting, photo media, printmaking, sculpture, wood and textiles

**This qualification is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.**


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Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Refine your drawing and other visual representation tools
  • Develop your own sustainable professional practice
  • Realise and present a body of creative work
  • Establish and maintain safe creative practice
  • Analyse cultural history and theory


TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical learning. You will strengthen your practical art skills, including:

  • Realising and presenting a body of work
  • Documenting your art project
  • Preparing your work for exhibition


Stand out in a global job market by developing a range of key soft skills that equip you with the confidence to work in the arts industry:

  • Creativity and imagination
  • Self-discipline
  • Commitment to practical study
  • Sound understanding of historical and cultural arts practices


The global art market reached a total of AU $89.3 billion in sales in 2019. China now represents 18% of the art market, achieving sales estimated at AU $16.3 billion in 2019.

The latest trends for the global art market include:

  • Museums moving toward a more inclusive presentation of art history, with a focus on female artists, LGBT+ art and non-Western narratives
  • Immersive exhibitions suited to social media representation such as Instagram
  • Art collectors continuing to find artists online
  • Museums becoming more accountable for the source of their funding
  • Art dealers using online sales to find new buyers


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:
English Language Requirements:
TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

Additional Requirement

  • For direct entry into this course a submission of a portfolio, design or written task is required for assessment. Download document
  • To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

    • Are creative and imaginative
    • Can self-discipline and motivate
    • Enjoy working with your hands
    • Have a keen eye for detail

    If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

    No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


    From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

    Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Campbelltown Feb , Jul A$12,240
    Kingswood Feb , Jul A$12,240
    St George (Kogarah) Feb , Jul A$12,240
    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    St George (Kogarah) Feb A$12,240


    Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


    TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to Art Studios, industry specific computer rooms, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

    Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
    • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor


    To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

    Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

    • Packaging Rules Total number of units = 15
    • 6 core units plus 9 elective units of which
    • 3 units must be selected from Group A
    • 2 units must be selected from Group B
    • 4 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate IV, or Diploma level.
    • Core Units
    • CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
    • CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work
    • CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice
    • CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work
    • CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
    • CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory
    • BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas
    • BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process
    • BSBCRT403 Explore the history and social impact of creativity
    • BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
    • BSBDES401 Generate design solutions
    • BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief
    • BSBDES501 Implement design solutions
    • BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
    • CUAACD402 Experiment with moulding and casting techniques
    • CUAACD502 Create observational drawings
    • CUAACD503 Select and refine a specialised drawing technique
    • CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour
    • CUAACD505 Work with the human form in creative practice
    • CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
    • CUAACD507 Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
    • CUAACD508 Refine model making skills
    • CUAACD509 Develop and refine metalworking techniques
    • CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice
    • CUAACD513 Make mixed media artworks
    • CUAACD514 Refine carving techniques for creative work
    • CUAACD515 Manage specialised finishing processes
    • CUACER402 Experiment with throwing techniques
    • CUACER501 Refine ceramics techniques
    • CUACER502 Investigate ceramic materials and processes
    • CUACER503 Refine throwing techniques
    • CUACER505 Develop and apply ceramic glazes
    • CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques
    • CUADIG509 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
    • CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques
    • CUADRA502 Investigate drawing materials and processes
    • CUAGLA501 Refine glassworking techniques
    • CUAGLA502 Investigate glassworking materials and processes
    • CUAGLA503 Refine kiln cast glass techniques
    • CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative work
    • CUAILL501 Develop professional illustrations
    • CUAILL502 Refine illustration techniques
    • CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
    • CUAJWL401 Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery
    • CUAPAI501 Refine painting techniques
    • CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes
    • CUAPHI501 Apply visual communication theories to photo imaging practice
    • CUAPHI503 Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
    • CUAPHI509 Plan and produce visual art photo images
    • CUAPPR402 Select sites for creative projects and plan work
    • CUAPPR606 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
    • CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques
    • CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes
    • CUAPUA501 Create works of art for public spaces
    • CUASCU501 Refine sculptural techniques
    • CUASCU502 Investigate sculptural materials and processes
    • CUATEX501 Refine techniques for textile work
    • CUATEX502 Investigate materials and processes for textile work
    • CUAWOO501 Refine woodworking techniques
    • CUAWOO502 Investigate woodworking materials and processes
    • MTCL2003B Identify fibres and fabrics
    • LMTTD4004A Produce woven tapestry samples
    • LMTTD4005A Produce screen printed textiles
    • LMTTD4010A Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples
    • LMTTD4013A Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing
    • LMTTD5004A Design and produce experimental textiles
    • MEM19030A Research and design sustainable objects
    • MSFFM4001 Hand carve wood to custom design
    • MSFSL5005 Apply innovation in contemporary leadlight and stained glass
    • BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
    • BSBINN501 Establish systems that support innovation
    • BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment
    • BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
    • BSBIPR404 Protect and use innovative designs
    • BSBIPR405 Protect and use intangible assets in small business
    • BSBIPR501 Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business
    • BSBLIB504 Develop exhibition concepts
    • BSBMKG414 Undertake marketing activities
    • BSBMKG501 Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities
    • BSBMKG524 Design effective user experiences
    • BSBMKG525 Design effective web search responses
    • BSBMKG526 Develop strategies to monitise digital engagement
    • BSBMKG527 Plan social media engagement
    • BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
    • BSBSMB306 Plan a home based business
    • BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
    • BSBSMB402 Plan small business finances
    • BSBSMB403 Market the small business
    • BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
    • BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations
    • BSBSMB406 Manage small business finances
    • BSBSMB408 Manage personal, family, cultural and business obligations
    • BSBSMB409 Build and maintain relationships with small business stakeholders
    • BSBSMB413 Design a digital action plan for small business
    • BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
    • BSBWRT401 Write complex documents
    • CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements
    • CUAEVP403 Install and dismantle exhibition elements
    • CUAFIM401 Obtain revenue to support operations
    • CUAFIM501 Source funding for projects
    • CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
    • CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
    • CUAPPR406 Plan work space
    • CUAPPR504 Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
    • CUAPRE401 Implement preventive conservation activities
    • CUARES402 Conduct research
    • CUARES502 Critique cultural works
    • FSKNUM23 Estimate, measure and calculate measurements for work
    • LMTGN3003B Estimate and cost job
    • SITXICT401 Build and launch a small business website
    • TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction
    • TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning


    From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


    Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW Visual Arts study pathway:

    Be Recognised:

    If you already have experience, skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.


    Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.