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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.


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.


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.

  • 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)

    From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from over 50 campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network, socialise and just chill out.

    Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations


    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Campbelltown Feb , Jul A$12,240
    Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) Feb A$12,240
    Hunter Street Feb , Jul (Full) A$12,240
    Kingswood Feb , Jul A$12,240
    Murwillumbah Feb A$12,240
    St George Feb A$12,240


    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Campbelltown Feb , Jul A$12,240
    Hunter Street Feb , Jul A$12,240
    Kingswood Feb , Jul A$12,240
    St George Feb A$12,240


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


    There are many scholarships, grants and bursaries which can help you financially with studying in Australia.They are offered by the Australian Government and a number of other public and private organisations.

    Learn more about Scholarships


    To receive this course 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.

    • Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
    • Realise a body of creative work
    • Develop own sustainable professional practice
    • Present a body of own creative work
    • Establish and maintain safe creative practice
    • Analyse cultural history and theory
    • Articulate, present and debate ideas
    • Collaborate in a creative process
    • Explore the history and social impact of creativity
    • Originate and develop concepts
    • Generate design solutions
    • Interpret and respond to a design brief
    • Implement design solutions
    • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
    • Experiment with moulding and casting techniques
    • Create observational drawings
    • Select and refine a specialised drawing technique
    • Research and apply light and colour
    • Work with the human form in creative practice
    • Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
    • Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
    • Refine model making skills
    • Develop and refine metalworking techniques
    • Work with photomedia in creative practice
    • Make mixed media artworks
    • Refine carving techniques for creative work
    • Manage specialised finishing processes
    • Experiment with throwing techniques
    • Refine ceramics techniques
    • Investigate ceramic materials and processes
    • Refine throwing techniques
    • Develop and apply ceramic glazes
    • Refine digital art techniques
    • Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
    • Refine drawing techniques
    • Investigate drawing materials and processes
    • Refine glassworking techniques
    • Investigate glassworking materials and processes
    • Refine kiln cast glass techniques
    • Develop and refine illustrative work
    • Develop professional illustrations
    • Refine illustration techniques
    • Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
    • Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery
    • Refine painting techniques
    • Investigate painting materials and processes
    • Apply visual communication theories to photo imaging practice
    • Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
    • Plan and produce visual art photo images
    • Select sites for creative projects and plan work
    • Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
    • Refine printmaking techniques
    • Investigate printmaking materials and processes
    • Create works of art for public spaces
    • Refine sculptural techniques
    • Investigate sculptural materials and processes
    • Refine techniques for textile work
    • Investigate materials and processes for textile work
    • Refine woodworking techniques
    • Investigate woodworking materials and processes
    • Identify fibres and fabrics
    • Produce woven tapestry samples
    • Produce screen printed textiles
    • Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples
    • Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing
    • Design and produce experimental textiles
    • Research and design sustainable objects
    • Hand carve wood to custom design
    • Apply innovation in contemporary leadlight and stained glass
    • Make a presentation
    • Establish systems that support innovation
    • Build and sustain an innovative work environment
    • Use and respect copyright
    • Protect and use innovative designs
    • Protect and use intangible assets in small business
    • Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business
    • Develop exhibition concepts
    • Undertake marketing activities
    • Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities
    • Design effective user experiences
    • Design effective web search responses
    • Develop strategies to monitise digital engagement
    • Plan social media engagement
    • Undertake project work
    • Plan a home based business
    • Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
    • Plan small business finances
    • Market the small business
    • Undertake small business planning
    • Monitor and manage small business operations
    • Manage small business finances
    • Manage personal, family, cultural and business obligations
    • Build and maintain relationships with small business stakeholders
    • Design a digital action plan for small business
    • Manage personal work priorities and professional development
    • Write complex documents
    • Manage copyright arrangements
    • Install and dismantle exhibition elements
    • Obtain revenue to support operations
    • Source funding for projects
    • Provide freelance services
    • Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
    • Plan work space
    • Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
    • Implement preventive conservation activities
    • Conduct research
    • Critique cultural works
    • Estimate, measure and calculate measurements for work
    • Estimate and cost job
    • Build and launch a small business website
    • Provide work skill instruction
    • Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning


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


    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.


    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.