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 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’.

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.

Location, dates and times

Hunter Street Campus

  • Next Intake:  2021
  • Duration: 35 Weeks
  • Call 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Inveresk Campus

  • Next Intake:  4 February to December 2020
  • Duration: 35 Weeks – not including school term breaks

Information Session:

Inveresk Monday, 25 November 2019, 1pm to 2pm
Inveresk Campus, Invermay Road, Inveresk
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Devonport Campus

  • Next Intake:  4 February to December 2020
  • Duration: 35 Weeks – not including school term breaks

Information Session:

Devonport Campus Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 1pm to 2pm
Visual Arts, A Block, 20 Valley Road, Devonport
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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,
  • questioning – written/verbal answers
  • Assignments – arts practice and arts practitioners research, reflective and critical thinking research and writings
  • supporting documentation – including notes taken for research, planning and 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.

Entry Requirements


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


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