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1 Year


The Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts refines your existing arts practice, 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.

**This qualification is superseded.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:

  • 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


Gain a range of skills to help people achieve their artistic goals:

  • Use industry specific tools and materials
  • Apply theory and history further your individual arts 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 critcial 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 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.


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 A$10,080
Kingswood 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, 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 = 12
  • 7 core units plus 5 elective units of which:
  • 3 units must be selected from Group A
  • 2 units may be selected from Groups A or B or from any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Diploma level or above.
  • Core Units
  • BSBCRT601 Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity
  • CUAACD601 Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
  • CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
  • CUAPPR601 Originate a body of independent creative work
  • CUAPPR603 Engage in the business of creative practice
  • CUAPPR604 Publicly present a body of own creative work
  • CUARES602 Extend cultural research expertise
  • BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
  • BSBDES501 Implement design solutions
  • BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • BSBDES601 Manage design realisation
  • BSBDES602 Research global design trends
  • BSBDES801 Research and apply design theory
  • CUAACD502 Create observational drawingsCUAACD503 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
  • CUAACD510 Manage kiln operations
  • CUAACD511 Make moulds and casts
  • CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice
  • CUAACD513 Make mixed media artworks
  • CUAACD514 Refine carving techniques for creative work
  • CUAACD515 Manage specialised finishing processes
  • CUAACD602 Extend professional expertise across new art forms and media
  • CUACER501 Refine ceramics techniques
  • CUACER503 Refine throwing techniques
  • CUACER504 Refine handbuilding techniques
  • CUACER505 Develop and apply ceramic glazes
  • CUADES601 Design innovative products
  • CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques
  • CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques
  • CUAGLA501 Refine glassworking techniques
  • CUAGLA503 Refine kiln cast glass techniques
  • CUAILL501 Develop professional illustrations
  • CUAILL502 Refine illustration techniques
  • CUAINS601 Realise an installation work
  • CUAPAI501 Refine painting techniques
  • CUAPHI501 Apply visual communication theories to photo imaging practice
  • CUAPHI503 Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
  • CUAPPR602 Collaborate in professional creative projects
  • CUAPPR605 Evolve ideas for professional creative work
  • CUAPPR606 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
  • CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques
  • CUAPUA501 Create works of art for public spaces
  • CUAPUA601 Realise a public art project
  • CUASCU501 Refine sculptural techniques
  • LMTDD4004A Produce woven tapestry samples
  • LMTTD5002A* Design and produce woven tapestry products
  • LMTTD5004A Design and produce experimental textiles
  • LMTTD5005A Design and produce printed textiles
  • LMTTD5007A Develop textile designs using computer based design programs
  • LMTTD6001A Research commercial development of textiles
  • LMTTD6004A Create and produce textile designs for commercial production
  • MEM19038A Apply traditional techniques to jewellery and 3D object production


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.