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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.

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 eg part-time or online visit our Apply and Enrol page.

      Apprenticeships and traineeships

      To commence an apprenticeship or traineeship, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study, head to our Apprenticeships and traineeships page for more details.

      International students

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      Delivery location, important dates and study options

      Semester 1, 2020

      Perth (Northbridge) - On Campus


      Fees and charges


      Duration 2 semester/s
      When Semester 1, 2020
      Where Perth (Northbridge)
      How On campus
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      Page last updated January 08, 2020