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Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development

  • National Course Code: CUA60415
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA60415-01V01-21DCE-411

Location – Design Centre Enmore (2D & 3D Concept Art)


Full Time


On campus

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

18 Hours per week


32 Weeks

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

Course Details

The nationally recognised Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development will take your creative practice to the next level. Get ready for a career as a digital artist and produce artworks for a range of digital media including feature film, TV, advertising, virtual reality and games.


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

  • Strengthen your professional practice with emerging trends and technologies
  • Plan and manage design requirements
  • Design innovative products
  • Manage copyright arrangements


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • The ability to produce creative concepts to deadlines
  • The ability to adapt to change


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • Experience collaborating in a team
  • The ability to produce creative concepts to deadlines

Career opportunities:

  • Digital artist working in film, TV, advertising, virtual reality and game industries


Take your career further with the:

  • Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation with TAFE NSW Degrees
  • Bachelor of Creative Practice with TAFE NSW Degrees

This course is superseded.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 eligible for this course, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • A portfolio of your work. Please provide 10 to 12 pieces that show a range of artistic work including sketches, life drawing, photography and perspective in various mediums. These samples can be presented in any stage of completion - from initial design through to finished product.

Please provide an application question for apply enrolment method entry requirements

  • Can you submit a sample of your work as part of the application?


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

  • Good illustration and drawings skills
  • An interest in producing visuals for 2D and 3D concept art
  • A strong interest in visual concepts and storytelling
  • A passion for creativity
  • A strong interest in animation and character development
  • The ability to buy materials that you might choose to use in assessments

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:

Entry into the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development (2D or 3D Concept Art) is by application, which includes a portfolio review. Portfolios should include 10 to 12 pieces to show a range of artistic work including sketches, life drawing, photogrphy, & perspective in various mediums such as paint and digital

Portfolios should be submitted digitally as a web/blog URL, as scans or photos via email to, or on a USB.


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
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, 8 December 2020 6:30pm to 7:30pm


Come in and try a free class to gain some useful skills, see how much you enjoy this topic, and learn about career paths.
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This is a full time, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 18 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 32 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 12 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 private study, assignment preparation, and research.


This course is for people interested in further developing their knowledge, artistic and digital skills in the area of concept and production art for the digital media entertainment industries such as Feature Film, TV, Digital Games, Advertising and Visualisation.

Learners will already have developed a good ability and passion for visual arts, as evidenced by submitting a portfolio of drawings and creative work that demonstrate their artistic ability.


The course includes face-to-face training in traditional and digital drawing, painting for concept art, storyboarding, character and environment design, matte painting and digital sculpting. Learning is supported by readings and video tutorials in our online Moodle.

In addition to common core subjects, you can specialise in either 2D digital concept art or 3D digital concept art, depending on which group of specialist electives you choose.

The 2D electives focus on drawing and painting skills (both traditional and digital) and are an excellent choice for students who are artistically minded with good drawing skills, looking to develop more specialised skills and knowledge to become a digital 2D artist for feature films, TV and games. Stronger portfolios for applicants interested in these 2D electives usually include drawings, sketches or paintings of real-world objects, people and places.

The 3D electives focus on digital 3D modelling, texturing, and games artistry skills and are an excellent choice for students who are technically minded and comfortable using visual art and design software and who are looking to develop specialised skills to become a 3D artist for feature films, TV games and virtual reality. Stronger portfolios for applicants interested in these 3D electives usually include digital paintings and designs and any real-word or digital 3D creative work.


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 Monday 9:00am to1:00pm, Tuesday 9:00am to 6:00pm and Wednesday 9:00am to 5:00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

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Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed below. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.

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.

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Core Units
Number Title
CUADES601 Design innovative products
BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace
CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
CUACMP501 Manage copyright arrangements
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAPPR602 Collaborate in professional creative projects
CUAPPR605 Evolve ideas for professional creative work
CUAPPR606 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
CUAACD602 Extend professional expertise across new art forms and media
CUAACD601 Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
BSBDES501 Implement design solutions
CUAPPR601 Originate a body of independent creative work
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work
CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAACD505 Work with the human form in creative practice

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

Design Centre Enmore
110 Edgeware Road, Enmore
Phone 131 601

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