Offering Info

Certificate III in Arts Administration

  • National Course Code: CUA30615
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA30615-01V02-21NEW-071

Location – Newcastle

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

02 Feb 2021

Study Commitment

26 Hours per week


18 Weeks

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Arts Administration will launch your behind-the-scenes career in the Creative Industries. Align your passion for the Arts with business skills and learn how to bring your artistic vision to life in galleries, museums, theatres and community arts centres.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Manage basic budgeting
  • Develop community networks
  • Organise meetings
  • Create presentations
  • Promote events
  • Collaborate with artists
  • Interpret copyright


Develop the personal attributes to get ahead in this field:

  • Organisational skills
  • Effective collaboration
  • Critical and creative problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Initiative and self-motivation


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Pathways to continued study to enhance your career
  • An opportunity to build your art industry network and connections

Career opportunities:

Work in exciting roles in council or community arts centres, such as:

  • Arts marketing assistant
  • Venue attendant
  • Arts administrative assistant
  • Arts function assistant


Take your career to the next level with a TAFE NSW study pathway:

  • Certificate IV in Arts Administration
  • Certificate IV in Library and Information Services


The Creative Industries play an important role in the fabric of Australia - economically, culturally and socially. You will bring art and culture to life when you study a TAFE NSW Certificate III in Art Administration and gain the essential skills you need to support this thriving sector

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 Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


There are no TAFE NSW entry requirements for this qualification.


No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


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

  • Digital literacy
  • Good literacy and numeracy skills
  • Basic knowledge of 2D and 3D artworks
  • Basic art experience

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have an understanding of:

  • the creative industry, and what skills you'd like to gain from an arts administration course.

To successfully complete this course, you will need to commit to:

  • attending classes during the day, 2 days a week,
  • completing a minimum of 10 hours of assessment work per week
  • participating in a minimum of 8 hours of industry engagement per week; this may include attending exhibitions, markets and events, reviewing cultural activities, visiting and networking various arts organisations.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


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
Online - Wednesday, 13, 20 and 27 January 2021 12.30pm to 1.30pm Online using Microsoft Teams via the Google Chrome browser
Online - Friday, 15, 22 and 29 January 2021 12.30pm to 1.30pm Online using Microsoft Teams via the Google Chrome browser
Campus - Friday, 15, 22 and 29 January 2021 10.30am to 12.00pm Newcastle TAFE Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 5 (D1.05)

For Online Information Sessions please use Google Chrome to access Microsoft Teams as a guest.


This is a full time day, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 16 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 22.2 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including industry engagement by attending exhibitions, markets and events, reviewing cultural activities, visiting and networking with various arts organisations.


This course offering is designed for people who want to work in the creative industries and:

  • develop business skills and apply these skills to the creative and cultural industries
  • learn how to communicate with artists and cultural organisations
  • facilitate cultural events
  • work with creative teams
  • manage creative projects

Students will be engaged in a combination of online learning and on-campus classes. With the relaxed COVID-19 restrictions continuing in Newcastle, we can ensure that you will be on-campus for 50% of your training.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including.

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available at the Information Sessions. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

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 Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9.30am to 5.30pm. 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.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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Core Units
Number Title
BSBDIV301 Work effectively with diversity
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others
CUAIND201 Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBITU302 Create electronic presentations
BSBLIB503 Develop and promote activities, events and public programs
BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
CUAIND403 Communicate effectively with arts professionals
CUAMKG301 Assist with marketing and promotion
CUAWRT301 Write content for a range of media
SITXEVT304 Provide event staging support
BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers

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.

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Course Location

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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