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Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

National ID: CUA60715 | State ID: AZL6


Refine your visual arts skills in the creative and cultural heart of the city

The Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts will prepare you for professional practice as a contemporary artist. You will explore, practice and demonstrate what it is to be a visual arts practitioner and gain a variety of skills and knowledge to be self-sufficient upon graduation.

You will study in our purpose built art and craft facilities and have access to a high standard of equipment. North Metro TAFE’s Visual Art and Design portfolio has a 100 year history and you will benefit from the close proximity to the Perth Cultural Centre which is home to the Art Gallery of WA, PICA and many other smaller galleries.

As a visual artist you may work in your own practice, or in a wide range of contexts across the arts, government or commercial organisations; bringing a visual arts perspective to areas such as business, community services and science.

Please note: 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.

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

Core Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Engage in the business of creative practice CUAPPR603 AWH17
Establish and maintain safe creative practice CUAPPR505 AWH20
Extend cultural research expertise CUARES602 AWG96
Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools CUAACD601 AWK14
Originate a body of independent creative work CUAPPR601 AWH19
Publicly present a body of own creative work CUAPPR604 AWH16
Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity BSBCRT601 AUI42

Elective Units 

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Evolve ideas for professional creative work CUAPPR605  
Refine digital art techniques CUADIG508 AWJ22
Refine drawing techniques CUADRA501  
Refine printmaking techniques CUAPRI501 AWH10
Refine sculptural techniques CUASCU501 AWG90
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Visual artist.

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.

For information about jobs and pathways, please see joboutlook.gov.au

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WhereNorthbridge Building 6

One year (2 Semesters) full-time or equivalent

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Local full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by NMT to be used by students during the course.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.


International Students

Check TAFE International WA to confirm this course is available to international students. You will pay your tuition fees to TIWA.

How to apply

Visit our Apply and Enrol page to find out how to apply for full-time, part-time or online courses.

International students please view your application process here.

For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

For all other enquiries please call us on 1300 300 822 or email: enquiry@nmtafe.wa.edu.au

Please note, fees are subject to change.

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