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CUA31115 - Certificate III in Visual Arts

Course Details

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.

Prospective students may select between two pathways for this course; namely the Studio Area Specialisation and the Silversmithing Specialisation. 

The Studio Area Specialisation - The Studio Area Specialisation has been designed for students who would like have a specialisation in two studio areas. Students can choose two studio areas 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
Full Fee $4008 (2019)
$4260 (2020)
Subsidised Full Fee $1104 (2019)
$1176 (2020)
Subsidised Concession Fee $144 (2019)
$156 (2020)
Fee for service per unit $334 (2019)
$355 (2020)
Fee for service (International) $4260 (2020)
Fee for service per unit (International) $355 (2020)
Subsidised full fee per unit $92 (2019)
$98 (2020)
Subsidised concession fee per unit $12 (2019)
$13 (2020)
For detailed information on Course Fees, visit www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire or Apply Online
Study Area
  • Creative, Performing and Visual Arts
Skill Area
  • Arts and Entertainment
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Admission Codes

International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Self-employment opportunities exist as a visual artist or craftsperson, visual designer, workshop tutor, jewellery maker or theatre set painter. Skills acquired in this program may be relevant to the production of goods suitable for markets and gift galleries. Some candidates may produce work relevant to commercial, fine art galleries. Students completing the silver-smithing specialisation will be well-placed to undertake a jeweller’s apprenticeship.

Course Structures

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 4 core units
  2. Complete 8 elective units
Please select a course structure from the options below:
Online

12 months part-time.

  • RPL/RCC/Credit
  • Online
Core Units

For online students of this course, a study sequence applies. At any given intake, students should be enrolled into both of the units in each group in the following sequence. Each group of units must be completed before the student enrols in the next group (each unit grouping comprises a pair of two units). This means that online students can only enrol in a maximum of two units at a time.

Unit Sequence 1 - Drawing

Unit Sequence 2 - Art History and Theory

Unit Sequence 3 - Print Making

Unit Sequence 4 - Painting

Unit Sequence 5 - Creative Project 1

Unit Sequence 6 - Creative Project 2

CUAACD201 Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas More Information Training.gov Details
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others More Information Training.gov Details
CUARES301 Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR301 Produce creative work More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units

The following list describes the study sequence and cluster titles:

Drawing

CUAACD201 - Develop Drawing Skills to Communicate Ideas

CUADRA301 - Produce Drawings

 

Art History and Theory

CUARES301 - Apply Knowledge of Art History and Theory to own Arts Practice

BSBWHS201 - Contribute to Health and Safety of Self and Others (Visual Arts)

 

Printmaking

BSBDES302 - Explore and Apply the Creative Process to 2D Forms

CUAPRI301 - Produce Prints

 

Painting

BSBDES301 - Explore the use of Colour

CUAPAI301 - Produce Paintings

 

Creative Project 1

CUAPPR302 - Document the Creative Work Progress

CUAPPR201 - Make Simple Creative Work

 

Creative Project 2

CUAPPR301 - Produce Creative Work

CUAPPR407 - Select and Prepare Creative Work for Exhibition 

CUADRA301 Produce drawings More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPRI301 Produce prints More Information Training.gov Details
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms More Information Training.gov Details
BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPAI301 Produce paintings More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR201 Make simple creative work More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR302 Document the work progress More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR407 Select and prepare creative work for exhibition More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Below is the recommended study sequence for this course. Please enrol in your units as per the following order.
Units with the same sequence number should be enrolled into at the same time.
Sequence Unit
1 CUAACD201 - Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas
1 CUADRA301 - Produce drawings
2 BSBWHS201 - Contribute to health and safety of self and others
2 CUARES301 - Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice
3 CUAPRI301 - Produce prints
3 BSBDES302 - Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
4 BSBDES301 - Explore the use of colour
4 CUAPAI301 - Produce paintings
5 CUAPPR201 - Make simple creative work
5 CUAPPR302 - Document the work progress
6 CUAPPR301 - Produce creative work
6 CUAPPR407 - Select and prepare creative work for exhibition


Mixed Mode - Silversmithing Specialisation

2 years part-time.
  • RPL/RCC/Credit
  • Mixed Mode
Mixed Mode - Silversmithing Specialisation (on-campus units)

The Unit Sequence below is for students starting in February 2020.  Students starting in July 2020 should commence from unit sequence two.  

BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms More Information Training.gov Details
CUAJWL301 Produce jewellery More Information Training.gov Details
CUATEX301 Produce textile work More Information Training.gov Details
CUATEX201 Develop skills in textile work More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR301 Produce creative work More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD402 Experiment with moulding and casting techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUAGLA201 Develop glassworking skills More Information Training.gov Details
CUAGLA301 Produce glasswork More Information Training.gov Details
Online (Multiple Intakes)
It is recommended to enrol into one of the above online units in conjunction with on-campus study as per the below unit sequence.  If students have already completed one of the Online units the sequence can be adjusted accordingly.    
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD201 Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR302 Document the work progress More Information Training.gov Details
CUARES301 Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Below is the recommended study sequence for this course. Please enrol in your units as per the following order.
Units with the same sequence number should be enrolled into at the same time.
Sequence Unit
1 BSBDES303 - Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
1 CUAJWL301 - Produce jewellery
1 BSBWHS201 - Contribute to health and safety of self and others
2 CUATEX301 - Produce textile work
2 CUATEX201 - Develop skills in textile work
2 CUAACD201 - Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas
3 CUAPPR301 - Produce creative work
3 CUAACD402 - Experiment with moulding and casting techniques
3 CUAPPR302 - Document the work progress
4 CUAGLA201 - Develop glassworking skills
4 CUAGLA301 - Produce glasswork
4 CUARES301 - Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice


On campus

The course has structured, timetabled classes across 18 weeks.

This course has two intakes across the academic year (February and July).

  • RPL/RCC/Credit
  • On-campus
Mandatory Units - Art History/Theory Cluster
Students must complete all units in this cluster to complete the entire course. Students should enroll in all units from this cluster at one time. As there is no study sequence for this course students are not required to enroll into this cluster first. BSBWHS201 - Contribute to health and safety of self and others is a contextualised unit. Students should enroll into BSBWHS201 - Contribute to health and safety of self and others (visual Arts).
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others More Information Training.gov Details
CUARES301 Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice More Information Training.gov Details
Mandatory Units - Drawing Cluster
Students must complete all units in this cluster to complete the entire course.  Students should enrol in all units from this cluster at one time.  
CUAPPR407 Select and prepare creative work for exhibition More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD201 Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas More Information Training.gov Details
CUADRA301 Produce drawings More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR301 Produce creative work More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units - Jewellery Cluster
Students must complete two elective clusters (Jewellery, Printmaking or Painting) to complete the entire course.  Students should enrol in all units from their chosen cluster at one time.  
CUAJWL301 Produce jewellery More Information Training.gov Details
CUAJWL201 Develop jewellery-making skills More Information Training.gov Details
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units - Painting Cluster
Students must complete two elective clusters (Jewellery, Printmaking or Painting) to complete the entire course. Students should enrol in all units from their chosen cluster at one time.
CUAPAI301 Produce paintings More Information Training.gov Details
BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR201 Make simple creative work More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units - Printmaking Cluster
Students must complete two elective clusters (Jewellery, Printmaking or Painting) to complete the entire course. Students should enrol in all units from their chosen cluster at one time.  
CUAPRI301 Produce prints More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR302 Document the work progress More Information Training.gov Details
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

For the following units, you may choose your own order of study, while taking into account pre-requisite requirements and the unit availability.
Unit Code Unit Name
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUARES301 Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice
CUAPPR407 Select and prepare creative work for exhibition
CUAACD201 Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas
CUADRA301 Produce drawings
CUAPPR301 Produce creative work
CUAJWL301 Produce jewellery
CUAJWL201 Develop jewellery-making skills
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
CUAPAI301 Produce paintings
BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour
CUAPPR201 Make simple creative work
CUAPRI301 Produce prints
CUAPPR302 Document the work progress
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

Course Assessment Information

RPL - Students who have previous informal and formal learning need to advise their trainer/assessor prior to enrolment. If the student wishes to apply for an RPL they need to apply to the RPL Centre.
Credit transfer - If credit for relevant formal qualifications is sought, then the process will be actioned after the student has enrolled in at least one unit of competency as directed by the relevant trainer/assessor. The Trainer/Assessor will work with the student on their credit transfer application, and provide advice and support as necessary.
Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Project
RPL
Course Learning Outcomes
Where and when can I start?
Please view the more details information for any additional information related to this course.

Domestic 2019 Availabilities

Online

Online
January: Full Time/Part Time
February: Full Time/Part Time
March: Full Time/Part Time
April: Full Time/Part Time
May: Full Time/Part Time
June: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
August: Full Time/Part Time
October: Full Time/Part Time
November: Full Time/Part Time
December: Full Time/Part Time

Mixed Mode - Silversmithing Specialisation

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

On campus

On-campus

Rockhampton City

February: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time

Domestic 2020 Availabilities

Online

Online
February: Full Time/Part Time
March: Full Time/Part Time
April: Full Time/Part Time
May: Full Time/Part Time
June: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
August: Full Time/Part Time
October: Full Time/Part Time
November: Full Time/Part Time
December: Full Time/Part Time

Mixed Mode - Silversmithing Specialisation

Mixed Mode
Mixed Mode for this course may refer to on-campus workshops or residential schools located at Rockhampton City.
Or it may refer to work placements which can be located anywhere. Please see the More Details section for more information.
February: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time

On campus

On-campus

Rockhampton City

February: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here
More Details

More Details

Pathways

Graduates of the Certificate III in Visual Arts (CUA31115) may apply for admission into the Diploma of Visual Arts (CUA51115). From the Diploma of Visual Arts, a pathway exist to the Bachelor of Creative Arts (CH72) at CQUniversity. This pathway will grant 8 units of credit against the Bachelor of Creative Arts (CH72).


Resource Requirements

Students will be required to purchase a range of art materials to support the development of their practical projects.  


There are no text books required for this course.


VET in Schools Students

Current school students looking to begin this program have the option of studying online or on-campus. 


VET in Schools students completing this course on-campus will be required to attend classes at our CQUniversity Rockhampton City visual art studios. 


Students attending on-campus training at the Rockhampton campus will attend over 4 terms.  On-campus training at the Rockhampton campus will be on a different day for each new study period (term).


Compulsory Attendance
In order to successfully manage their learning, on-campus students are required to attend regularly.  

Subsidy Eligibility Restrictions
VETiS (VET in Schools) is not available for current school students seeking enrolment in CUA31115 - Cert III in Visual Arts.