Offering Info

Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

  • National Course Code: CUA60715
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA60715-01V02-21GLA-017

Location – Great Lakes

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

21.1 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.

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:

  • the conceptual, technical and organisational skills to use of a range of professional Visual art techniques and equipment to produce a folio of visual artwork that demonstrates the ability to respond effectively to different fine art challenges and requirements.

To successfully complete this course you wil neeed to:

  • Complete assessment tasks and attend 80% of classes.

This course offering is for students who wish to enter the Visual Arts industry. They have realised a creative project but wish to extend their skills to professional level that will allow them to work in the industry.
Students should be capable of presenting a photo portfolio demonstrating fundamental skills across a variety of fine art techniques. Practice at this level is underpinned by application of design theory and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a full time face-to-face course. You will need to attend approximately 16.1 hours of class, over 2.5 days a week, for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 5 hour of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours including research , private study, preparation, documentation through photography.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are interested in Visual Arts and wish to gain skills and knowledge that may apply across a range of fine art disciplines and industry areas.


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

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 and Tuesday from 9.00am to 3.00pm and Wednesday from 9.00am to 12.00pm. 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
CUAPPR603 Engage in the business of creative practice
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUARES602 Extend cultural research expertise
CUAACD601 Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAPPR601 Originate a body of independent creative work
CUAPPR604 Publicly present a body of own creative work
BSBCRT601 Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity
Elective Units
Number Title
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
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques

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

Great Lakes
The Northern Parkway, Tuncurry
Phone 131 601

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