Creative Industries

CUA41315 Certificate IV in Visual Arts

The Certificate IV in Visual Arts course will give you the opportunity to develop your technical skills and knowledge across a range of mediums and art forms.

The course will be delivered through a series of six themed ‘projects,’ where you will gain hands-on experience in researching concepts, exploring and developing ideas and experimenting with a range of techniques to create your own artwork/s.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn how to apply a range of broad and integrated technical and theoretical knowledge to your art, and develop your ability to analyse and use information from a range of sources.

You’ll also learn how to incorporate a critical approach to the production and presentation of your artwork, and be given time to focus on developing your own unique ‘artistic voice’.

For both the Drawing/Printmaking and Jewellery studio streams, you will learn how to produce drawings to communicate ideas and develop and discuss ideas for your own creative work.

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in collaborative creative projects where you will learn how to work with others to generate design solutions and how to select and prepare creative work for exhibition.

Our experienced teachers are well-placed to guide you in how to plan your career in the creative arts industry and extend your expertise in your chosen specialist creative field.

If you’ve selected the Drawing/Printmaking studio stream, you will have time to experiment with drawing and printmaking techniques and produce innovative digital images. If you’ve chosen the Jewellery studio stream, you will have time to experiment with different techniques used in jewellery making, and the chance to research and apply techniques for the design of wearable objects and product design.

Location, dates and times

2019 Intake

  • Next Intake:  9 September 2019 – 16 September 2020
  • Duration:  3 days per week, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – 9am to 4pm
  • Information Session:  Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 5.30pm
    • Venue:  Hunter Street Campus, Hunter Street, Hobart
  • This course will only run if they have sufficient numbers
  • Call 1300 655 307 to register your interest before Wednesday, 21 August 2019.

You must attend an application interview with a visual arts staff member. The interview is to ensure that you enrol at the most appropriate level and have the ability to succeed in the course with reasonable literacy and numeracy or learning support.

Dates for the interviews are 27 & 28 August 2019, between 9am and 4pm. Am appointment will be made at the Information Session.

Notifications of Application outcome. You will be emailed on Friday, 30 August 2019 of the outcome of your Application.

Assessment Process

Assessment Overview

A range of assessment methods are used for each unit or cluster of units when assessing competence, including:

  • products produced during projects – this may include your rough sketches, experimentations, finished work, brain storming exercises and the like
  • answers to specific questions – written/verbal
  • supporting documentation – including research, planning and notes taken whilst visiting galleries
  • observations of workplace practice.

Recognition of Prior Learning

At TasTAFE we believe that the things you already know how to do should be formally recognised. Whether it be a hobby, the work you currently do, a volunteer role or even a family or sporting club commitment, over the course of your life you will have gathered a wide range of skills, knowledge and experiences.

Our staff will support you to link your prior learning and skills to your formal training with TasTAFE and provide you with assistance in getting formal recognition if appropriate.

What sort of evidence is needed?

Evidence of your skills and knowledge can be taken from a range of sources including accredited courses, in-house training, work records, computer records, life experiences or work experience. We can help you gather this information, as well as suggest other relevant sources of evidence you may not have considered. Where you can, it’s a good idea to collate a portfolio of these types of evidence which will help to ensure you have all the information required.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

Are there ‘other’ costs?

Classroom materials – $85

This fee covers classroom materials supplied for each student. The cost is based on each project brief and consumables that contribute to the artwork that the student retains.

Other costs

You will need to supply your own stationery, protective wear and a journal/visual diary.

If you wish to produce work beyond the initial project brief, you will be required to supply any additional materials you need. You will also need to supply materials for your final project – the cost of this will vary depending on the quality and quantity of materials chosen.

Application process

Applicants must be able to show a keen interest in the visual arts as well as a genuine desire to learn, attend classes and undergo assessment to gain a qualification.

This can be demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  •  your portfolio – sketches/items you have made
  •  previous studies
  •  employment.


Contact us today to find out if this is the right course for you.

Student Support

Whether you are returning to study after a long break, building on the skills you already have, or entering further education for the first time, TasTAFE provides a range of services to ensure that you are supported throughout your study, including:

  •  course options and career pathways
  •  counselling
  •  advocacy and support with Centrelink issues
  •  disability assistance
  •  study skills including literacy and numeracy support
  •  Aboriginal Training Programs and support
  •  international student support
  •  financial assistance and child care subsidy.

Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


CUA41315  Certificate IV in Visual Arts.

Qualification Requirements

This qualification consists of 15 units.  6 core units plus 9 elective units

In 2019–2020, you will have a choice between two studio areas:

  •  Drawing and Printmaking (combined)
  •  Jewellery

The selection of electives will be based on your pathway outcome.



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