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Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

  • National Course Code: CUA60715
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA60715-01V01-GR-20DUB-003

Location – Dubbo, Myall Street

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

47.2 Hours per week


2 Years

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

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who have para-professional level technical, creative and conceptual skills to originate, realise and exhibit a substantial body of resolved work that expresses their own creative vision. Visual artists work within and across many mediums, and their practice may incorporate ceramics, digital art, glasswork, drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, photomedia, printmaking, public art, sculpture, textiles or wood design.

Practice at this level is underpinned by application of art theory and history, the ability to engage in critical discourse and to debate ones own work and the work of others.

Visual artists may work in their own practice, or a wide range of contexts across the arts, government or commercial organisations and also bring visual arts perspective to areas such as business, community services and science.

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 enter this qualification, individuals must 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 be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have completed CIV in Art or Design. Interview and portfolio evidence.

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.

This is a graded qualification with outcomes being Pass, Credit or Distinction. Please be aware there is a Capstone unit attached to this course. The grading you receive for this unit will reflect the overall grading for your course.
The capstone unit is CUAPPR601-GR

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


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a part-time day face-to-face course. You will need to attend approximately 35.7 hours of class, over 4 days a week, for 2 Years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 11.5 hours of other study per week.

Part Time students will need to select 2 out of the 4 delivery days per year, allowing for completion of all 4 areas over the 2 year period.

You may also be required to complete approximately 19.2 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including:

  • Own studio practice
  • Gallery visits
  • Critical reviews
  • Research
  • Self-directed learning
  • Assessment preparation
  • Studio practice
  • Self-assessment


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 who have completed the CUA5115 Diploma in Visual Arts, or equivalent. Students will need to have well-developed skills in drawing and their chosen area of specialisation.

Students articulating into this course from the Diploma Visual Arts, or the Diploma Graphic Design will be able to credit up to 6 units to this course. All 5 electives may be chosen from the electives listed in the training package.

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.

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

  • Access Studiosity via their Student Portal
  • Local LMS
  • 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
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30am to 3.00pm, Friday from 9.00am to 1.00pm. 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.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Pens pencils
  • Visual diary to record creative processes
  • Thumb drives
  • ipad or laptop for classroom use
  • Library for research
  • Books
  • Internet access
    While some materials are supplied, the student will also need to provide painting supports such as canvas and stretchers as well as specialty papers for finished artworks.

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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Semester two starts July 2020. Enquire now to be notified when enrolments open.

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Core Units
Number Title
BSBCRT601-GRADED Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity
CUAACD601-GRADED Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUAPPR601-GRADED Originate a body of independent creative work
CUAPPR603-GRADED Engage in the business of creative practice
CUAPPR604-GRADED Publicly present a body of own creative work
CUARES602-GRADED Extend cultural research expertise
Elective Units
Number Title
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
CUAPPR602 Collaborate in professional creative projects
CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques
CUARES502 Critique cultural works

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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Course Location

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

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