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Diploma of Visual Arts (CUA51115)

Course summary

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms. Mediums may include drawing, painting, printmaking and jewellery.  Practice at this level is underpinned by application of arts theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Discourse around complex ideas is also required.  Visual artists may work in their own practice, or in a wide range of contexts across the arts, government, community or commercial organisations.

This program replaces the superseded qualification CUV50111 Diploma of Visual Arts.

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Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Creative, Performing and Visual Arts
Skill Area
  • - Arts and Entertainment
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Entry Requirements

Folio and an interview with a visual arts teacher or direct entry through completion of a Certificate III or IV in Visual Arts.  To enter this qualification, individuals must have the technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in selected medium.  Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or through formal study.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Possible job outcomes include: Artist specialising in: drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, printmaking.

Employment outcomes for the visual artist are diverse, and are characterised by self employment, collaboration with other artists, work with communities and organisations on specific projects, and short term contract work

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

Professional Practice 1 Cluster (Intake 1 – 29.01.18) Friday 9:00am – 12:00pm
BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory
Painting Cluster 1 (Intake 2 – 05.03.18) Monday 9:00am – 3:00pm
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes
Jewellery Cluster 1 (Intake 25.03.18) Tuesday 9:00am – 4:00pm
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
MEM19038A Apply traditional techniques to jewellery and 3D object production
Drawing Cluster 1 (Intake 1 – 29.1.18) Wednesday 10:00am - 3:00pm
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAACD502 Create observational drawings
Printmaking Cluster 1 (Intake 2 – 05.03.18) Thursday 9:00am – 3:00pm
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes
Painting Cluster 2 (intake 7– 06.08.18) Monday 9:00am -3:00pm
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour
CUAPAI501 Refine painting techniques
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work
Jewellery Cluster 2 (intake 7 - 06.08.18) Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work
MEM19036A Use specialised techniques to produce jewellery and objects
Printmaking Cluster 2 (intake 7 - 06.08.18) Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work
CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques
Drawing Cluster 2 (intake 6 - 16.07.18) Wednesday 10:00am – 3:00pm
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques
Professional Practice Cluster 2 (intake 6 – 16.07.18) Friday 09:00am – 12:00pm
BSBMKG527 Plan Social media engagement
CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work
Study Sequence

Students can complete any cluster available at the current intake. Students are to discuss remaining Study Sequence with teaching staff.

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task

Course Intakes


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

Duration and dates
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.


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 9 am - 4 pm.

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

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

Professional Practice 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

No related course found.

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.