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Diploma of Visual Arts

National Course Code: CUA51115

TAFE NSW Course Number: CUA51115-01V01

Nepean College, Kingswood Campus

Study Type:
Full Time

Start Date:
5 Feb 2019


1 year

Nominal Hours:

Indicative Cost: $10,000

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This qualification reflects the role of individuals who combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms. Mediums may include ceramics, drawing and illustration, painting, photomedia, printmaking, public art, sculpture, textile design, wood design, digital art and glasswork.

Practice at this level is underpinned by application of arts theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Discourse around complex ideas is also required.

Visual artists may work in their own practice, or in a wide range of contexts across the arts, government, community or commercial organisations.

Licensing/Regulatory Information
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

The Diploma of Visual Arts gives the learner a comprehensive grounding in fine or visual arts studio practice, and teaches the under-pinning cultural, professional and historical grounding to safely engage in this practice. This course will equip you with the skills and inspiration to start you on your creative career journey.

The studio areas covered in this course are painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and photography. Further specialist skills in your chosen elective areas can be developed in the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts.

The Diploma of Visual Arts can be studied stand-alone, or used to contribute to course completion in the Bachelor of Visual Arts, delivered at TAFE Western Sydney in partnership with Federation University Australia.

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

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

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.

CUAACD502 Create observational drawings
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory
CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice
CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice
BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUACER501 Refine ceramics techniques
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work
BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief
CUAEVP403 Install and dismantle exhibition elements
CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes

The above list includes units being offered at this campus and that are required to complete this qualification. Other colleges may offer different elective options. For some courses the electives will not be listed however they will be discussed during your first class. Please see www.tafensw.edu.au for the full list of elective units available within this course.

The indicative cost of this course is $10,000.

In addition to your course fee you are expected to provide some materials. Costs may vary, but you may be expected to spend approximately $500 over the duration of the course.

CodeNameStart DateEnd DateCensus DateAmount
19NEP00431Diploma of Visual Arts-UOS15 Feb 201912 Apr 20194 Mar 2019$2,500
19NEP00432Diploma of Visual Arts-UOS229 Apr 201921 Jun 20193 Jun 2019$2,500
19NEP00433Diploma of Visual Arts-UOS322 Jul 201927 Sep 20195 Aug 2019$2,500
19NEP00434Diploma of Visual Arts-UOS414 Oct 20196 Dec 20194 Nov 2019$2,500

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted.

This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your fees. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

If you would like more information about VET Student Loans please visit the TAFE NSW website or contact us on 131 870.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

Start Date: 5 Feb 2019

Full Time: 20 hours per week x 1 Year

Classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am for 6 hours/day. Some units are delivered as blended classroom and online in an asynchronous delivery structure, accounting for the remaining delivery hours per week.

To register your interest in this course, please use the Apply option.

Please also attend one of the Compulsory Information Sesssions dates TBA

Meanwhile make an individual appointment as described below:
Entrance interviews can be arranged by calling 9208 9325 during term time, or emailing NADC@tafensw.edu.au. Also bring any transcripts and certificates from relevant previous studies.
You will also need to also attend a compulsory interview session and show a portfolio of 5-8 artworks. If you do not have a portfolio, you may undertake a drawing test in the section.

Interview Location
TAFE NSW Nepean (Kingswood)
Block P (Trapezium Gallery) via gate 2
2 - 44 O'Connell Street

A Unique Student Identifier is required prior to enrolment. To apply for your USI visit www.usi.gov.au .If you cannot remember your USI or if you have forgotten you have one, please visit the USI Website for assistance in retrieving your USI.

For further assistance, contact the WSI Service Centre on 131 870 to enrol.

19NEP-111 S:5/2/2019 E:6/12/2019

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