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 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
  • Digital Imaging
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles

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

Location, Dates and Times

Hunter Street Campus

  • Next Intake:  2020
  • Application via appointment
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

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

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

Devonport Campus

  • Next Intake: 6, 7 & 8 February 2019 – 22 November 2019
  • Duration: 3 days per week
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest
  • Entry is subject to interview.
  • Acceptance will be subject to prior and relevant experience the prospective candidate has had.

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

  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Painting
  • Printmaking

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

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:

  • 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

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

Fees and Payments

For fee and payment information relating to TasTAFE qualifications, please refer to

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 here

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.

Essential Requirements

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.


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 here


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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