Creative Industries

CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts

CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts is part of the Creative Arts and Culture 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 forms. Visual arts practice at this level is underpinned by a sound grasp of art theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and  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:


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


  • Illustration
  • Jewellery
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles

North West

  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Painting
  • Printmaking

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

Location, dates and times

  • Next Intake:  2020

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

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:

  • assignments
  • portfolios
  • products
  • presentations
  • demonstrations
  • studio-based observation

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.

Eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma students who are unable to pay tuition fees up front are able to defer fees under the VET Student Loans scheme. Further details are available at our VET Student Loans page.

Are there any ‘other’ costs?

There is an additional cost at enrolment for materials used in class that the student retains.

The fees are based on studio areas:

  • Ceramics            $65.00
  • Design                $50.00
  • Glass                   $65.00
  • Jewellery            $65.00
  • Illustration         $50.00
  • Painting              $65.00
  • Printmaking       $85.00
  • Textiles               $65.00

Essential Requirements

To enter this qualification, individuals must have the technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in selected medium.

Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or through formal study.

Entry Qualifications

  • Successful completion of  CUA41315 – Certificate IV in Visual Arts or equivalent qualification
  • OR Recognition of Current Competencies from relevant work experience.


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

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.


CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts.

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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