Creative Industries

CUA41315 Certificate IV in Visual Arts

CUA41315 Certificate IV in Visual Arts is part of the Creative Arts and Culture Training Package. It reflects the role of practitioners working at a pre-professional level who are beginning to develop their own artistic voice. Students produce work that shows proficiency with techniques in their chosen art form and are able to apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems. They have broad and integrated factual, technical and theoretical knowledge with cognitive skills that allow them to analyse, compare and act on information from a range of sources.

Develop your personal creativity by learning the skills to enable you to practise professionally as a visual artist or craftsperson.

This studio-based qualification is relevant to the contemporary arts and crafts industries. It encourages students to produce original quality works for galleries, private and public commissions, tourist centred businesses and a range of other businesses.

This qualification is flexible and designed to meet a broad range of visual art and crafts industry needs. It is the launching point for further study in visual arts and contemporary craft, and for professional visual arts practice.

Studio areas include:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Glass
  • Painting
  • Jewellery
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles
  • Photography  (only offered in the South)

NB: Not all studios/subjects are available in all areas.

This qualification would suit:

  • Senior secondary graduates
  • Arts/craft/multimedia graduates
  • Arts/craft/multimedia practitioners
  • Art, craft and design administrators
  • Mature aged people
  • Career changers
  • International students

Enrolment Procedure:

  • Information Session
  • Interview
  • Suitability process
  • Applicant notified of success of application
  • Enrolment
  • Place confirmed on payment of fees (or first instalment)

Career Opportunities

All students who participate in this course are provided with advice on employment and training options including, but not limited to:

  • assistants or operators of individual art studios
  • gallery assistant
  • arts events coordinator
  • art craft design manufacturer / buyer / exhibitor
  • freelance designer
  • arts technician

This qualification may allow credit against other arts related courses.

Dates and Times

Hunter Street Campus

  • Next Intake:  2019
  • Duration:  3 days per week
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Studio areas available at Hunter Street are:

  • Printmaking – Hunter Street
  • Ceramics – Hunter Street
  • Photography – Hunter Street
  • Drawing – Hunter Street
  • Jewellery – Clarence Campus

Inveresk Campus

  • Intake:  February – November 2018
  • Duration:  3 days per week, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday – 9am to 3pm
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest
  • Acceptance will be subject to prior and relevant experience the prospective candidate has had.

Studio Areas available at Inveresk are:

  • Drawing/Painting
  • Jewellery
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles

Devonport Campus

  • Intake:  February – November 2018
  • Duration:  3 days per week, Wednesday to Friday – 9am to 3.15pm
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest
  • Acceptance will be subject to prior and relevant experience the prospective candidate has had.

Studio Areas available at Devonport Campus

Are you wanting to learn new skills, renew or upgrade your skills in any of the Studio Areas above?

  • Part time options available
  • Entry is subject to suitability and interview
  • Call 1300 655 307 to register your interest


Those who complete CUA41315 Certificate IV in Visual Arts may enrol in CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts which takes another year full-time or 2 years part-time to complete.

Hunter Street

  • Full-time – 3 days per week, 9am to 4pm (days depend on studio area)
  • Part-time – 2 days per week, 9am to 4pm (days depend on studio area)

Inveresk Campus

  • Full-time – 3 days per week : 2 days in studio area of choice, 1 day studying core units
  • Part-time – available subject to an interview

Devonport Campus

  • Full-time – 3 days per week : 2 days in studio area of choice, 1 day studying core units
  • Part-time – 1 to 2 days per week depending on studio and units selected

Learning Options

On the job in an actual workplace, or off the job in a simulated workplace environment that will provide underpinning knowledge and skills.

TasTAFE provides specialist studios specific to different areas of visual arts and craft. Training is based around completion of a variety of projects that incorporate groups of different units. It focuses on practical learning and practical application of skills and knowledge.

Projects simulate typical art/craft based activities and cover such things as: drawing, design, product making, keeping a studio journal and studio records, reading a brief, interaction with a client, meeting timelines, project budgeting, exhibitions, marketing, and more. Where practicable, real projects are undertaken for internal and external clients, who are required to provide feedback to students.

Delivery can be customised to suit the individual student and/or employer requirements.

Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Occupational Health & Safety procedures must be followed.

  • Assessment takes place throughout the year and at the end of projects.
  • Assessment will happen on the job and /or in a simulated workplace.
  • Individual assessments may include:
    • products
    • samples
    • student presentations
    • portfolios
    • assignments
    • workbooks
    • assessment checklists
  • Strategies may include:
    • demonstrations
    • studio-based observation
    • exhibitions
    • presentation
    • role play
    • case studies
    • self and peer assessments


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Are there any other fees?

South – Hunter Street
Between $110 and $150 for materials used in class that the student retains. The fees are based on studio areas.


Entrants wishing to enrol in this course must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  • Completion of Year 12 or equivalent
  • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent plus related studies and/or work experience equal to two years
  • Previous relevant experience and / or qualifications that indicate ability to succeed in the course

The following: are also required:

  • Portfolio – submitted at the interview. The portfolio should contain examples of work that demonstrate an appropriate level of creative ability that will enable the student to successfully complete the course
  • Interview

Qualification Requirements

The qualification consists of 15 units, 6 core units and 9 electives.

These units are delivered in different specialist studios. The selection of units will vary and depends on the studio and the campus selected. Further information is available from each campus. Details will be confirmed during the interview and at enrolment.


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