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Diploma of Visual Arts (CUV50111)

Course summary

This qualification reflects the role of visual artists who combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to prepare for and develop an emerging arts practice. They 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 synthesise information from a range of sources. Discourse and communication around complex ideas are also required.

Visual artists work in a wide range of contexts across the arts and other industries. They are often sole practitioners but may also hold positions in government or commercial organisations.

Artists work within and across many media, and their practice may incorporate ceramics, digital art, drawing, painting, photo-media, printmaking and sculpture.

Location: Cairns.
Dates: 2014: January & July.
Fees: The approximate cost to complete this qualification: Full Fee for Service: $12,300.00; Partially Government Funded: $7,875.00; Partially Government Funded concession: $6,915.00
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Course details

Course type

  • Domestic

Delivery location

  • Cairns Campus

Fee type

  • Please Enquire

Application mode

  • Please Enquire

Study area

Skill area


Career prospects - more information

This qualification prepares people for entry into work at a professional level. Its conceptual and theoretical content also supports learning at higher levels. People with CUV50111 Diploma of Visual Arts often engage in further learning in vocational and higher education through Advanced Diploma and Degree qualifications in a range of arts-related disciplines.


  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Art Theory

Hours of Study

Full time over one year.  Part time duration depends on subjects selected each semester.

Entry requirements

To enter this qualification, people must have the skills and knowledge described in the following unit of competency:

  • CUVPRP401A Realise a creative project.

Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or through formal study.  Please contact the teachers on 4042 2505 / 4042 2365 to confirm your eligibility.

Delivery Method

Delivery and training will take place in a studio space.

Assessment procedures
Assessment includes a mixture of assignments, exams and practical work.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL recognises your existing experience gained through life or work for which you may not have obtained a formal qualification. We will work with you to identify your existing skills and knowledge and assess if you can then achieve a full or part qualification. This also helps to avoid unnecessary duplication of training.

Resources required

Please be aware that you will also be required to supply the following items at your cost:

  • Protective clothing (includes covered footwear, dust mask)
  • Some art materials and equipment (list supplied at the first class of each subject)

Unit code Unit name Unit type
CUVPRP501A Realise a body of creative work Core
CUVACD501A Refine drawing and other visual representation tools Core
CUVPRP502A Prepare for sustainable professional practice Core
CUVPRP503A Present a body of own creative work Core
CUVPRP505A Establish and maintain safe professional practice Core
CUVRES502A Analyse cultural history and theory Core
CUVACD510A Manage kiln operations Elective
CUVACD513A Make mixed media artworks Elective
CUVCER403A Experiment with ceramic surface treatments Elective
CUVCER503A Refine throwing techniques Elective
CUVCER504A Refine handbuilding techniques Elective
CUVPAI501A Refine painting techniques Elective
CUVPAI502A Investigate painting materials and processes Elective
BSBCMM401A Make a presentation Mandatory
CULMS407C Install and dismantle exhibition elements Mandatory

There may be one or more elective competencies, these may differ between institutes. Please contact the institute for more information.

Enrolment instruction

The published fees apply to Australian citizens and permanent residents only. Program commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments. Contact the Admissions Centre on 1300 656 959 for more information on enrolment procedures. For detailed information on policies, fees, payments, concessions, refunds, subsidies, exemptions, pre-requisites, withdrawals and RPL refer to the Tropical North Queensland TAFE Fees & Conditions document.  Information supplied in this document is correct at time of publication but may be subject to change without notice.

Tropical North

Phone: 1300 656 959
Phone (international): +61 (7) 4042 2429