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Certificate III in Visual Arts (CUA31115)

Course summary

The Certificate III in Visual Arts is a great place to begin your training as a visual artist. This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are developing a range of visual art skills. Foundation skills in painting, drawing, printmaking, silver-smithing, creative process and basic design are offered in this course. Creative practice at this level is underpinned by the application of introductory art theory and history.

Studio Area specialisation

The Studio Area specialisation has been designed for students who would like have a specialisation in two Studio Areas. To achieve the Studio Area specialisation, students can choose two Studio Area’s from Printmaking, Painting or Jewellery.

Silversmithing specialisation

The silversmithing specialisation has been designed for students who would like to specialise in units mainly related to silversmithing. This specialisation has been developed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to make jewellery work (largely silversmithing artifacts) within a visual art and fine art context.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Fees www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Creative, Performing and Visual Arts
  • - VET in Schools
Skill Area
  • - Arts and Entertainment
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Self-employment opportunities exist as visual artist or craftsperson, visual designers, workshop tutors, or an introduction to a jewellery apprenticeship. Skills acquired in this course may be relevant to the production of goods suitable to markets and gift galleries. Some students may produce work relevant to commercial, fine art galleries.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Studio Area Specialisation

Drawing Cluster
CUAACD201 Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas
CUADRA301 Produce drawings
CUAPPR301 Produce creative work
CUAPPR407 Select and prepare creative work for exhibition
Theory Cluster
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUARES301 Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice
Studio Area Specialisation - Painting
BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour
CUAPAI301 Produce paintings
CUAPPR201 Make simple creative work
Studio Area Specialisation - Printmaking
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
CUAPPR302 Document the work progress
CUAPRI301 Produce prints
Studio Area Specialisation - Jewellery
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
CUAJWL201 Develop jewellery-making skills
CUAJWL301 Produce jewellery
Study Sequence

Packaging rules
Complete Drawing and Theory Clusters and choose two (2) elective streams (specialisation clusters). 
Total of four (4) clusters to be completed to obtain this qualification. 

On-campus
Full-time study:  students enrol into two (2) clusters per intake.
Part-time study:  students can enrol into any cluster in the available intakes.

Theory Cluster (available February and July intakes):  SBWHS201 and CUARES301 
 
Drawing cluster (Available February and July intakes):  CUAACD201, CUADRA301, CUAPPR301 and CUAPPR407
 
Jewellery Cluster (Available March and August intakes):  BSBDES303, CUAJWL201 and CUAJWL301
 
Painting Cluster (Available March and August intakes):  CUAPAI301, BSBDES301 and CUAPPR201
 
Printmaking Cluster (Available March and August intakes):  BSBDES302, CUAPRI301 and CUSPPR302
 
Mixed Mode / Distance 
All units are available in all intakes up to September. Students can choose to enrol into one or more units.

If enrolling into more than one unit, it is recommended students enrol into the clusters:  CUAACD201, CUADRA301, CUAPPR301, CUAPPR407, BSBWHS201, CUARES301, BSBDES303, CUAJWL201, CUAJWL301, CUAPAI301, BSBDES301, CUAPPR201, BSBDES302, CUAPRI301, CUSPPR302 
 
Note: students who wish to study full-time but have missed the February intake (Drawing and Theory clusters), they may enrol into the Mixed Mode study option for these clustered units, in the March intake only.  (Drawing cluster: CUAACD201, CUADRA301, CUAPPR301, CUAPPR407.   Theory cluster: BSBWHS201, CUARES301.)
 
VET in Schools 
On-campus VETiS students are advised to enrol in one cluster per school semester.

Each school semester students will be asked to attend on a different day of the week as clusters are scheduled on different days (view Course Intakes tab).


Silversmithing Specialisation

Required Units
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAACD201 Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas
CUAJWL301 Produce jewellery
CUAPPR302 Document the work progress
CUAPRI301 Produce prints
CUATEX201 Develop skills in textile work
CUATEX301 Produce textile work
2018 Study Sequence
  1. CUAJWL301, BSBDES303 (Available February only)
  2. CUATEX201, CUATEX301 (Available July only)

It is recommended to enrol into one online unit in conjunction with on-campus study. The units available to study online are BSBWHS201, CUAACD201, CUAPPR302, CUARES301 and are available across multiple intakes.

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Project

Course Intakes

On-campus (Studio Area Specialisation)

Timing
There are four course intakes for 2018, available in February, March, July and August.

Duration and dates
6 months full-time or 2 years part-time


Summary

This course is available to study on-campus at the following locations: 

CQUniversity Rockhampton City
All classes will be held at the Rockhampton City Visual Arts Studio, located at Building B, at the following times for each cluster:

Painting Cluster
Classes are held on Mondays from 9 am - 3 pm.

Jewellery Cluster
Classes are held on Tuesdays from 1pm - 4pm.

Drawing Cluster
Classes are held on Wednesdays from 10 pm - 3 pm.

Printmaking Cluster
Classes are held on Thursdays from 9 am - 3 pm.

Studio Project Cluster
Classes are held on Fridays from 9 am - 12 noon.


Mixed Mode (Studio Area Specialisation)

Timing
Enrolments are taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.

Duration and dates
6 months full-time or 2 years part-time


Summary

This availability is primarily offered by online study, however optional on-campus tutorial sessions will be scheduled throughout the year to allow for students to participate in practical components of this course. Optional on-campus tutorial sessions will be held at the following locations:

CQUniversity Mackay City
CQUniversity Rockhampton City

This course is available online with teaching support available via, email and telephone. Online students require self-motivation and are advised that they should have 4 - 6 hours per week available for study for each unit. 

The online availability is only available as a Studio Area Specialisation and includes the Painting and Printmaking disciplines only. The Jewellery/Silversmithing specialisation units cannot be studied online. 

Online students have the opportunity to attend on-campus workshops in limited locations.

For students wishing to attend on campus workshops it is advised that they must enrol into the intake which best relates to the timing of the workshop. 

The workshop dates are: 

Mackay City campus

Painting Workshop 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 20th  March
Painting Workshop 9:00 pm – 12:00 noon 21st March

Printmaking Workshop 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 22nd May
Printmaking Workshop 9:00 pm – 12:00 noon 23rd May

*To attend the painting workshops in Mackay, students should enrol into intake 3 (beginning 5 March) 
To attend the printmaking workshops in Mackay students should enrol into intake 5 (7 May).

Rockhampton City campus

Information sessions for painting, drawing and printmaking can be arranged via appointment for on-campus students living in the Rockhampton area.


Mixed Mode (Silversmithing Specialisation)

Timing
There are two course intakes for 2018, available in February and July.

Duration and dates
2 years part-time


Summary

This course is available to study on-campus at the following locations: 

CQUniversity Rockhampton City 
Classes will be held at the Rockhampton City Visual Arts Studio, located at Building B on Tuesdays from 5 pm - 8 pm. 


VET in Schools (VETiS)

Timing
There are four course intakes for 2018, available in February, March, July and August.

Duration and dates
2 years part-time


Summary

This course is available to study on-campus, through the VET in Schools program, at the following locations: 

CQUniversity Rockhampton City
All classes will be held at the Rockhampton City Visual Arts Studio, located at Building B. VETiS students will attend one day per week dependant on which cluster they are enrolled into. The following times are available for each cluster:

Painting Cluster
Classes are held on Mondays from 9 am - 3 pm.

Jewellery Cluster
Classes are held on Tuesdays from 1 pm - 4 pm.

Drawing Cluster
Classes are held on Wednesdays from 10 pm - 3 pm.

Printmaking Cluster
Classes are held on Thursdays from 9 am - 3 pm.

Studio Project Cluster
Classes are held on Fridays from 9 am - 12 noon.


For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts No

Resource Requirements

Students will be required to purchase art materials for the completion of visual art projects, relevant to their studio area electives. Approximately, $50 - $200 should be considered a typical cost for student provided visual art materials per studio area electives chosen.

There are no text books required for this course.