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 enterprises.

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.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • 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.

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

Location, Dates and Times

Hunter Street Campus

  • Next Intake:  12 August 2019 – 27 May 2020
  • Duration:  Full-time – 3 days per week, 9am to 4pm (days depend on studio area).

Studio areas available in the south include:

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

Inveresk Campus

  • Next Intake:  18, 19 & 20 February 2019 – 29 November 2019
  • Full-time – 1 year or 2 year programs available, depending on studio choice.
  • Part-time – available subject to interview.
  • Duration:  2 or 3 days per week, days subject to program length and studio choice
  • 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

  • Next Intake: 6 February – 22 November 2019
  • Full-time – 3 days per week : days subject to studio choice. 9am – 3.15pm
  • Part-time – available subject to interview.
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest
  • Acceptance will be subject to prior and relevant experience the prospective candidate has had.

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 the 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, maintaining 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

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.
Examples of assessments for this course may include:

  • Products
  • Samples
  • Student presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Assignments
  • Workbooks
  • Assessment checklist
  • Demonstrations
  • Studio-based observation
  • Exhibitions
  • Role play
  • Case studies
  • Self and peer assessments

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.
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 any ‘other’ fees?

Additional fees may be incurred based on individual studio areas and material requirements. These range between $110 and $150 for materials used in class that the student retains.

Essential Requirements

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


An interview process will be conducted to help ensure this is the right course for you. You should bring a portfolio containing examples of work that demonstrates your creative ability.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


CUA41315 – Certificate IV in Visual Arts.

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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