Offering Info

Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts

  • National Course Code: CUA30515
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA30515-01V02-20EOR-221

Location – Eora (Away from Base)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

29.3 Hours per week


16 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are developing a range of art and craft skills in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural arts context and who take responsibility for own outputs in work and learning. Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of introductory art theory and cultural history.

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

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Wednesday 22 July, 2020 10:00am to 2:00pm Face to Face - by appointment
Thursday 23 July, 2020 10:00am to 2:00pm Face to Face - by appointment

Please contact campus for more information on 131 601.


This is a blended full time course. You will need to attend approximately 26.3 hours of class, over 4 days a week, for 16 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 3 hours of other study per week (including weeks you are not attending face to face classes).

You may also be required to complete approximately 4 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including research, assessment preparation and arts practice.

This course is taught face to face on campus. If there are restrictions due to Covid-19, we are prepared to run classes online with live teachers using interactive webinars. We did that successfully during lockdown recently, and students found it to be effective and highly social. So regardless of the situation, we can help you get the skills and career potential that you are after.


This course offering is designed for people who:

This cultural arts course is designed for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander learners who wish to use a range of skills and techniques to produce arts and craft works. The course will teach students the skills they need to develop their ability to communicate their ideas. Starting with understanding their own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity, they will learn to produce work through their knowledge of history and theory of art. This indigenous arts course will provide students with a range of skills they can select, adapt and transfer to different situations: The local cultural knowledge necessary to achieve some of the units of competency in this qualification may only be accessible to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. Students will learn a range of arts practices, including: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, and photography.

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As part of our commitment to providing a supportive learning environment, EORA has a dedicated 'Learning Centre?, which runs one day a week throughout the semester. We also provide online support and a range of resource and lessons available to you via our online Learning Management System (Moodle).

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00am to 4.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

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Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
CUARES301 Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice
CUAPPR301 Produce creative work
CUAATS303 Develop and apply knowledge of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural arts
CUAATS101 Develop understanding of own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity
CUAACD201 Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAWRT301 Write content for a range of media
CUASCU301 Produce sculpture
CUAPRI301 Produce prints
CUAPAI301 Produce paintings
CUADIG305 Produce digital images
CUACER301 Produce ceramics

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

333 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale
Phone 131 601

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