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CUA60715 Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

National ID: CUA60715 | State ID: AZL6

Prepare for professional practice as a contemporary artist or designer

During this course you'll explore, practice and demonstrate what it is to be a creative practitioner and gain the skills and knowledge required to be self-sufficient upon graduation.

This course brings together lecturers and students from disciplines in:

  • visual art

  • jewellery 

  • product design

and is designed for artists and designers who are seeking to refine skills and knowledge in an holistic studio environment.

You'll develop your own project proposals in one of these three specialisations and work closely with our lecturers and technicians to explore your ideas and bring your visions to life. At the end of the Advanced Diploma of Visual Art you are invited to participate in a graduation exhibition which is renowned nationally for showcasing some of the WA’s best emerging artists and designers.

You will study in our purpose-built art and design facilities and have access to broad range of industry standard equipment and materials. North Metropolitan TAFE’s reputation for producing outstanding graduates is built on over 100 years of high-quality Art and Design training in Western Australia.

As a visual artist or designer, you may choose to develop your own independent practice, seek employment opportunities within specific creative industries or explore other opportunities, such as internships or residencies, that will further focus and extend your creative practice. Visual artists and designers possess transferable ‘creative skills’ that can be applied within a variety of professional contexts and that allow for interdisciplinary collaborations across existing and emerging industries. Career opportunities for artists and designers exist across a broad range of arts, government and commercial organisations.

This course is only offered in semester one of each year.

Gain these skills
  • High level of practice across chosen medium/s e.g. ceramics, digital art, drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, photomedia, printmaking, public art, sculpture, textiles or wood design.
  • Application of art theory and history
  • Engage in critical discourse
  • Debate one’s own work and the work of others
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Creativity, imagination and artistic skill
  • Technical ability in area of specialisation
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Dedication and self-motivation

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      Entrance Requirements

      Job opportunities

      How to apply


      Entrance Requirements
      School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
      Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

      To gain entrance to this course you will need to have either completed CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts OR provide a portfolio showing you have the conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create and present work in your chosen creative form. Your portfolio may show these skills have been acquired through formal study or through experience in a creative field. You will also need to have completed the following pre-requisite unit CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice. Please contact us to discuss with the Head of Program for Visual Art.

      Job opportunities

      Visual artists work within and across many mediums, and their practice may incorporate ceramics, digital art, drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, photomedia, printmaking, public art, sculpture, textiles or wood design.

      Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

      How to apply

      On campus (full-time)

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      Other study types

      For all other study types such as on campus (part-time), skill sets, online, employer-based study and apprenticeships or traineeships visit our Apply and Enrol page.

      International students

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      Estimated Course Fee

      Estimated Concession Fee

      Eligible for VSL

      VSL Capping

      $5,120.90 $5,120.90 Yes $10,528
      These fees are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis.
      - Fees might differ between courses delivered at different campuses due to the elective units included in the course study plan or adapting courses to meet local industry needs.
      - Fees may also differ for each individual student depending on the units of study selected, prior qualifications and recognition of prior learning.
      - Fees are payable at enrolment each semester for the units enrolled for that period. Some year-long courses might have a bigger fee load in the first semester. 
      - Proof of concession must be presented to access concession rates if eligible.
      - For secondary school aged persons (in 2020, students born on or after 1 July 2002 who are at least 15 years old) undertaking training that is not part of a VET Delivered to Secondary Schools program, the maximum course fee chargeable in 2020 is $420 plus the resource fees and discretionary fees. 
      - Prices quoted include resource fees, but do not include material fees such as the cost of books, uniforms and students personal equipment.
      - The course fee cap applicable to Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas only applies during the current calendar year, so fees might differ for students enrolling in semester 2.
      - VET Student Loans Eligible Courses and Caps may be subject to changes implemented by the Australian Government 
      - Concessions and Secondary School Age cap do not apply to commercial courses, or Foundation Programs (ESL, General Education, etc.)
      - Course information and fees are subject to change without notice

      Delivery location, important dates and study options

      During your course of study, NMTAFE may use a variety of learning practices to ensure you get the best outcome for your learning journey.
      This may include online learning, face-to-face classroom, laboratory/workshop delivery, work placement or a combination of these, depending on which is most appropriate.

      Semester 1, 2021

      Perth - On Campus


      Fees and charges


      Duration 2 semester/s
      When Semester 1, 2021
      Where Perth
      How On campus
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      Page last updated November 26, 2020