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Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts

  • National Course Code: CUA40615
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA40615-01V01-20EOR-209

Location – Eora (Away from Base)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

27 Hours per week


16 Weeks

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

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who work in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural arts context and produce work that shows a well-developed command of technique in their chosen art form.

Practice at this level is underpinned by application of broad and integrated technical and theoretical knowledge and the ability to analyse and use information from a range of sources.

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 formal entry requirements for this course.

It is assumed that you have literacy, numeracy and technical skills at Certificate III level for success in this course. Contact your TAFE NSW campus if you have any questions about your suitability.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a Full-Time blended course. You will need to attend approximately 24 hours of class, over 4 days a week, for 15 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 15 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including Assessment preparation, research, visual diary documentation, arts practice, exhibition preparation


-This course is delivered in Away From Base mode and is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in NSW, meet AbStudy eligibility, meet Smart and Skilled eligibility, and are available for the duration of the course. AFB involves studying via online learning combined with intensive residential blocks.
Tutorial support is offered face-to-face, online or in group tuition sessions, or a combination of delivery modes. Government funding supports the travel, accommodation and meal costs for AbStudy compliant students participating in the intensive block.


This course is the perfect next step for those students who have already have some skills and experience in cultural and arts practice.
You will now cover a broad range of skills required to succeed in the creative industries, including:

  • Painting
  • Woodworking
  • Printmaking & Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • Cultural & Identity studies
  • Career advancement skills and more
    You will gain significant experience in creating works for exhibition, working with tools and arts equipment, and collaborating with other artists.

This course is delivered in Away From Base mode and is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in NSW, meet AbStudy eligibility, meet Smart and Skilled eligibility, and are available for the duration of the course. AFB involves studying via online learning combined with intensive residential blocks.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course:

  • 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. The centre is facilitated by a teacher who can provides assistance with assessments outside of class time.

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
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • 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 in 6 blocks. 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

Enquire now for Semester 2 2020 and be notified when enrolments open.

TAFE NSW is open for business so to find out more information on this course including when it will start and how it will be delivered (face-to-face, in a virtual classroom, self-paced, online or a mixture), submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page. You can also call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

* Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

Core Units
Number Title
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAATS303 Develop and apply knowledge of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural arts
CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
CUAATS302 Produce work that expresses own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity
CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project
CUARES403 Research history and theory to inform own arts practice
Elective Units
Number Title
CUACER401 Experiment with techniques to produce ceramics
CUAIND301 Work effectively in the creative arts industry
CUAPAI401 Experiment with techniques to produce paintings
CUAPHI401 Capture images in response to a brief
CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
CUAPRI401 Experiment with techniques to produce prints
CUASCU401 Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture
CUAWOO401 Experiment with techniques to produce wood objects
CUACER403 Experiment with ceramic surface treatments

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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