CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts

National ID: CUA51115 State ID: AZL3
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Take your art to a higher level

This course will develop your skills and knowledge in selected areas of visual art and craft, with options to focus on painting, print media, ceramics, sculpture and digital art. You'll refine these skills in studio classes designed to bring your ideas into reality.

This diploma will enable you to take on complicated art projects with a developed skill set and knowledge of various materials and mediums.

Our art and craft facilities are purpose built to a high standard of equipment and facilities. Students also 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.

A successful career in visual arts will require you to promote yourself and look outside the square when it comes to gaining employment. You can work on small or large scale public art projects or work as a freelance artist. You can also combine your studies with other courses and become a teacher or work in arts administration.

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


  • Analyse cultural history and theory
  • Develop a sustainable professional practice
  • Establish and maintain a safe creative practice
  • Develop and create a body of work

I have the following attributes:

  • Creativity, imagination and artistic skill
  • Dedication, confidence and self-motivation
  • Happy to develop promotion and business skills, as most artists are self-employed in a very competitive industry

To gain entrance to this course you need to have completed CUA41315 Certificate IV in Visual Art or equivalent or present a folio demonstrating 3 different mediums and including your ideation.

Other costs for consideration:

  • Art Kit (approx. $175.00)

Typical timetable:

  • 4 days per week

Other job titles may include:

  • Printmaker
  • Designer-Maker

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

North Metropolitan TAFE offers you a range of further study opportunities, see below for a list of related courses.

Estimated Course Fee

Estimated Concession Fee

Eligible for VSL

VSL Capping

$5,530 $5,530 Yes $16,077

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 2021, students born on or after 1 July 2003 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 2021 is $420 plus the resource fees and discretionary fees.
  • Concessions and Secondary School Age cap do not apply to commercial courses (such as short courses), or Foundation Programs (ESL, General Education, etc.).
  • 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.
  • Course information and fees are subject to change without notice.

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Semester 1, 2021

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2021
Where Perth
How On Campus

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