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Certificate III in Arts Administration

  • National Course Code: CUA30615
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA30615-01V02-21NEW-387

Location – Newcastle


Full Time



Course Start Date

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

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


Develop the attributes to help you get you ahead:

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


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Pathways to continued study to enhance your career
  • An opportunity to build your arts industry network and connections

Career opportunities:

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


Take your career further with the:

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

This course is superseded.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.

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.


TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Arts Administration as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the arts industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend you have:

  • Digital literacy
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Some knowledge of 2D and 3D artworks, and some art experience
  • Passion for the arts

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a full-time, blended delivery 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 17 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including 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, develop their creative business skills and apply these skills to the creative and cultural industries, learn how to communicate with artists and cultural organisations, work with creative teams and manage creative projects.

Students will be engaged in a combination of online learning and on-campus classes.

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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 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

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
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAIND201 Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge
BSBDIV301 Work effectively with diversity
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAMKG301 Assist with marketing and promotion
CUAIND403 Communicate effectively with arts professionals
BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
BSBLIB503 Develop and promote activities, events and public programs
BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
CUAWRT301 Write content for a range of media
SITXEVT304 Provide event staging support
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents

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

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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