International Course Info

Diploma of Visual Arts

  • National Code: CUA51115
  • CRICOS Code: 090444D

This course provides training for students who wish to become visual artists, or artists who wish to improve their technical skills in a friendly group environment. The qualification provides specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to prepare for and develop an emerging arts practice. You will be able to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms. Visual arts practice at this level is underpinned by a sound grasp of art theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Discourse and communication around complex ideas are also required.

Based on your choice of Electives, you may develop knowledge and skills in range of areas, including: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photoimaging, creative technologies (digital arts), ceramics, jewellery, textiles, paper, design, small business skills, presentation and exhibition, public art, studio work experience.

You may wish to study a pathway within this course that provides a 'specialist' visual arts/fine arts outcome. This will be dependant on the electives studied.

Subject area: Fine Arts

Course code:
Course fee:
1 Year


  • Submission of a portfolio, design or written task. Download document
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL (iBT) 60 or TAFE NSW English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

    FOR 2020

    Campbelltown Total course fee: A$12,240 Enrol: Feb , Jul
    Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) Total course fee: A$12,240 Enrol: Feb
    Hunter Street Total course fee: A$12,240 Enrol: Feb , Jul
    Kingswood Total course fee: A$12,240 Enrol: Feb , Jul
    Murwillumbah Total course fee: A$12,240 Enrol: Feb
    St George Total course fee: A$12,240 Enrol: Feb

    FOR 2021

    Hunter Street Total course fee: A$12,240 Enrol: Feb , Jul
    St George Total course fee: A$12,240 Enrol: Feb


    To receive the Diploma of Visual Arts students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

    Note: Additional units contain compulsory and elective units which 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.



    This qualification prepares people for entry into work at a professional level. It is conceptual and theoretical content also supports learning at higher levels. People with CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts often engage in further learning in vocational and higher education.

    You can further your studies by applying for the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts R10420.



    Course fees and duration can vary based on the Institute you want to study at, the entry requirements for the course, and the year you will begin study.

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


    Working within and across many media, practicing within: ceramics, digital art, glasswork, drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textile design and wood design sectors.

    You will be working in a wide range of contexts across the arts and other industries. You are often sole practitioner but you may also hold positions in government or commercial organisations.