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Diploma of Visual Arts

  • National Course Code: CUA51115
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA51115-01V02-21DUB-017

Location – Dubbo, Myall Street

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

12 Jul 2021

Study Commitment

15.1 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • VET Student Loans Available
  • Non Government Subsidised

Course Details

The nationally accredited Diploma of Visual Arts at TAFE NSW cultivates your artistic skills and knowledge so you can work in the creative arts industry. You will learn to combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to plan and realise your artistic vision in this exciting course.


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

  • Refine your drawing and other visual representation tools
  • Develop your own sustainable professional practice
  • Realise and present a body of creative work
  • Establish and maintain safe creative practice
  • Analyse cultural history and theory


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • Creativity and imagination
  • Self-discipline
  • Commitment to practical study
  • Sound understanding of historical and cultural arts practices


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Diploma level
  • Strong pathways to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • Skills and knowledge to develop your own creative practice

Career opportunities:

  • Artist
  • Arts practitioner
  • Assistant museum/gallery curator
  • Council arts assistant
  • Art tutor


Take your learning to the next level with a TAFE NSW visual arts study pathway:

  • Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts
  • Bachelor of Creative Practice with TAFE NSW Degrees


The art industry is craving individuals who have the skills and knowledge to confidently and independently work across a variety of art forms, using modern and contemporary approaches.

Diploma of Visual Arts graduates can be found working in their own studios, or in a wide range of contexts across the arts, including government or commercial organisations.

This course is superseded.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.


To be selected for a place in this course, you will need to demonstrate:

  • Conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create and present work in your chosen creative form

You will have gained these skills through formal study or from your experience in a creative field.

Evidence required

  • A portfolio of your work


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

  • Proficient language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • Competent skills in 2D and 3D forms
  • The ability to make additional purchases of art materials that may be required to meet your project outcomes

If you need help preparing 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 the conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create and present work in their chosen creative form. Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in a creative field or through formal study.

To successfully complete this course, you will need to attend all delivery sessions and complete all exercises assigned to you by your teacher. This will enable to required skill development throughout the course of study. A rule of thumb is that how many hours you spend at TAFE should be equalled by the amount of practice you do outside of the face to face sessions.

Students will need to attend all studio delivery areas each week as well as undertake 3 Professional Practice online units. Specific studio areas are Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. Art History and Theory sessions are held on the half day.

Discover the skills you need for the job you want at the TAFE NSW Information Sessions, 21-25 June 2021.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a face to face full time course. You will need to attend approximately 15.1 hours of class, over 4 days a week, for 1 year. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10.6 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 7.6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including research, self-directed learning and assessment preparation.


This course offering is designed for people who wish to develop their own art practitioner business, or those wishing to articulate into University-level qualifications in Visual Art, with the course providing a number of credits at University.

This face to face only delivery mode is targeted to students with a good command of drawing skills and an understanding of concepts. This course provides ability for students to develop their skills in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking, increasing their options for self-employment or tutoring within arts medium. It provides for extensive critical and analytical capabilities that are valuable in galleries and public display areas.

Our visual arts courses have articulation arrangements into a number of universities including National Art School, COFA, University of Western Sydney, Charles Sturt University and Newcastle University with a number of other universities (including in Victoria) who also offer recognition for TAFE study.


Enrolled TAFE NSW students are able to access Studiosity via their Student Portal, local LMS and libraries websites.

Studiosity provides personalised, live, online support and feedback after hours and over semester breaks on literacy, structure, referencing and grammar for all core subjects.

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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from from 9.00am to 3.00pm, and Friday from 9.00am to 1.00pm.


Materials and tools used to produce the creative work will be supplied including paints, drawing implements, paper, inks, drying racks, printing presses, printmaking tools, easels and donkeys, computers with access to internet, as well as frames and framing tools and mounts.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


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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

Code Name Start Date End Date Census Date Amount
21DUB00732 UOS VSL 1-Diploma of Visual Arts 12 Jul 2021 17 Sep 2021 02 Aug 2021 $2,586.00
21DUB00733 UOS VSL 2-Diploma of Visual Arts 05 Oct 2021 03 Dec 2021 01 Nov 2021 $2,586.00
22DUB00152 UOS VSL 3-Diploma of Visual Arts 31 Jan 2022 08 Apr 2022 07 Mar 2022 $2,586.00
22DUB00153 UOS VSL 4-Diploma of Visual Arts 26 Apr 2022 24 Jun 2022 06 Jun 2022 $2,584.00

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.

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Core Units
Number Title
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work
CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process
CUAACD502 Create observational drawings
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour
CUAACD505 Work with the human form in creative practice
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques
CUAPAI501 Refine painting techniques
CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes
CUAPPR406 Plan work space
CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques
CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes
CUARES502 Critique cultural works

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

Dubbo, Myall Street
Myall Street Campus, Dubbo
Phone 131 601

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