Creative Industries

CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts

CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts is part of the Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package. It reflects the role of visual artists who combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to prepare for and develop an emerging arts practice. Students are able to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art form. Visual arts practice at this level is underpinned by a sound grasp of art theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources.

Develop and refine your creative skills to become a professional Visual Artist or Designer and Maker. This qualification is flexible in content and meets a wide range of industry needs. It can provide a way of launching your own business, finding employment or lead to further study.

Studio areas include:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Glasswork (Kiln Formed)
  • Jewellery
  • Painting
  • Photography (only available in the South)
  • Digital Imaging
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles
  • Design in Wood

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

Dates and Times

Hunter Street Campus

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Information Session: Tuesday, 21 November 2017 – 6pm
    • Venue: Centre for the Arts Building, 37 Hunter Street, Hobart
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register
  • Pre-entry requirements:  Must have CUVPRP401A Realise a Creative Project or equivalent

You need to specify the Studio Area that you are interested in. Studio Areas are:

  • Printmaking – Hunter Street
  • Ceramics – Hunter Street
  • Design in Wood – Hunter Street
  • Photography – Hunter Street
  • Drawing – Hunter Street
  • Jewellery – Clarence Campus

Inveresk Campus

  • Next Intake: 2018
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register.
  • Acceptance will be subject to prior and relevant experience the prospective candidate has had.

Studio Areas available at Inveresk:

  • Drawing/Painting
  • Jewellery
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles

Devonport Campus

  • Next Intake: 2018
  • 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

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.

Learning Options

The delivery of this program is largely studio based on campus.  The actual studio areas available, vary in each location.

In addition to the practical studio activity students may also be required to attend other classes for lectures, tutorials and discussions. In addition students will be required to complete work outside studio and class time.

Assessment Process

The assessment is studio focused and may include:

  • observation checklists
  • workbooks
  • assignments
  • portfolios
  • products
  • student presentations
  • participation in group activities
  • demonstrations
  • studio-based observation
  • exhibitions
  • role-play
  • case studies
  • self and peer assessments


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Fees and Payments

This course is eligible for a VET Student Loan
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Applicants will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of creative ability to enable successful completion of the program. The applicants may be asked to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work.

Entry Qualifications

  • Successful completion of  CUV40111 Certificate IV in Visual Arts
  • OR Equivalent qualification
  • OR Recognition of Current Competencies from relevant work experience.

Qualification Requirements

All 6 core units and 9 electives must be completed, with 5 units chosen from any one Studio stream and up to 5 chosen from Diploma level units from the Visual Arts Training Package, or any other relevant endorsed Training Package at Diploma level or above.


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