Offering Info

Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

  • National Course Code: CUA60715
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA60715-01V02-21DUB-021

Location – Dubb, Myall Street

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

12 Jul 2021

Study Commitment

34 Hours per week


36 Weeks

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

Course Details

The nationally recognised Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts will give you the confidence to express your creative vision. Refine your craft in a supportive, immersive environment and learn highly technical and conceptual skills, engage in critical discourse and explore the ways you can practice as a professional visual artist.


Express yourself by specialising in:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Jewellery making
  • Photo media
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles


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

  • Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity
  • Extend your professional expertise
  • Draw and use visual representation tools
  • Publicly present a body of your own creative work
  • Extend cultural research expertise
  • Establish and maintain safe creative practices


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • Effective communication to present ideas and concepts clearly
  • A critical eye, unique design ideas and big picture thinking
  • The ability to work collaboratively and also independently
  • Adaptability to work on different projects and discover different opportunities
  • A continuous improvement mindset


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A developed portfolio
  • Skills and knowledge to become a freelance visual artist

Career opportunities:

  • Artist
  • Gallery curator
  • Visual arts and crafts professional
  • Freelance artist


Master your creativity with the TAFE NSW Bachelor of Creative Practice degree.


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

This course is superseded.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

  • Transcript of your TAFE NSW Diploma of Visual Arts or a nationally recognised equivalent Diploma or proof of proficiency of your creative skills from independent or non-accredited study or
  • A resume outlining your experience in a creative field or
  • A portfolio that communicates your creative journey and the results. This can be presented face-to-face (at the time of enrolment) or electronically. You can submit photography or videos demonstrating your process, concepts, designs and plans or creative journals


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 completed Diploma in Visual Arts or Design. Interview and portfolio evidence.

To successfully complete this course, you will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Pens, pencils and visual diary to record creative processes
  • Thumb drives
  • iPad or laptop for classroom use.

Library is also used for research, books and 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.

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 day course. You will need to attend approximately 25.7 hours of class, over 4 days a week, for 1 year. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 8.3 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 13.9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including studio practice and self-assessment, gallery visits and critical reviews, 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 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


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

  • all 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, Thursday and Friday from 9.00am to 3.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

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
21DUB00736 UOS VSL 1-Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts 12 Jul 2021 17 Sep 2021 02 Aug 2021 $2,295.00
21DUB00737 UOS VSL 2-Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts 05 Oct 2021 03 Dec 2021 01 Nov 2021 $2,295.00
22DUB00156 UOS VSL 3-Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts 31 Jan 2022 08 Apr 2022 07 Mar 2022 $2,295.00
22DUB00157 UOS VSL 4-Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts 26 Apr 2022 24 Jun 2022 06 Jun 2022 $2,295.00

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
BSBCRT601 Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity
CUAACD601 Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUAPPR601 Originate a body of independent creative work
CUAPPR603 Engage in the business of creative practice
CUAPPR604 Publicly present a body of own creative work
CUARES602 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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