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1 Year


The Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts refines your existing art practise, skills and knowledge, and prepares you for an exciting career as a professional artist, artist assistant, community arts coordinator or gallery curator.

Develop the wide-ranging, highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills you need to plan, realise and exhibit a substantial body of work as a visual arts professional. You will learn to engage in critical discourse and debate theoretical concepts, historical perspectives, your work and the work of others.

With a 130-year history, TAFE NSW is the leading provider of education and training in Australia. Our teachers are dedicated and passionate because they have worked, and still work, in the industry and know exactly what it takes to succeed.


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Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Research and apply artistic concepts and theories
  • Establish and maintain safe creative practices
  • Draw and use visual tools
  • Originate, realise and exhibit work that expresses your creative vision
  • Engage in critical discourse and debates about your work, and the work of others


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Using industry specific tools and materials
  • Applying theory and history to further your individual art practice
  • Publicly display your own work
  • Extend your professional expertise to others


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 creative arts industry:

  • A passion for visual arts
  • Unique design ideas
  • A critical eye
  • The ability to accept and discuss feedback
  • Self-motivation and self-discipline


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 in 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.


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.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Are passionate about visual arts
  • Have competent skills in 2D and 3D forms
  • Have experience in the creative arts industry
  • Have an understanding and appreciation of art history and theory

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.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Hunter Street (Newcastle West) Feb , Jul A$10,080
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$10,080
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Hunter Street (Newcastle West) Feb , Jul A$10,080
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$10,080


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 industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, 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
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


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 = 12
  • 6 core units plus 6 elective units, of which:
  • 4 must be from Group A
  • 2 may be from Groups A and/or B or from any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • BSBCRT611 Apply critical thinking for complex problem solving
  • CUAACD611 Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
  • CUAPPR611 Originate a body of independent creative work
  • CUAPPR613 Engage in the business of creative practice
  • CUAPPR614 Publicly present a body of own creative work
  • CUARES612 Extend cultural research expertise
  • BSBCRT512 Originate and develop concepts
  • CUAACD523 Make mixed media artworks
  • CUAACD533 Select and refine a specialised drawing technique
  • CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour
  • CUAPPR615 Evolve ideas for professional creative work
  • CUAPPR616 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level


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


Whatever your career ambitions, we will help you get there with a range of courses to develop your skills, build your knowledge and prepare you for work.

TAFE NSW is here to create exceptional learner experiences and provide quality, personalised services to make sure you achieve your goals.

Explore your study options across a range of disciplines and talk to your TAFE NSW Education Agent or contact us.


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.