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CUA51115 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Details

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. Studio areas 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.

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Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Fees
Full Fee $13485 (2019)
$14295 (2020)
Subsidised Full Fee $6735 (2019)
$7140 (2020)
Subsidised Concession Fee $5475 (2019)
$5805 (2020)
Fee for service per unit $899 (2019)
$953 (2020)
Fee for service (International) $14925 (2020)
Fee for service per unit (International) $953 (2020)
Subsidised full fee per unit $449 (2019)
$476 (2020)
Subsidised concession fee per unit $365 (2019)
$387 (2020)
For detailed information on Course Fees, visit www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
  • Interview/Portfolio/Audition
How to Apply Please Enquire or Apply Online
Study Area
  • Creative, Performing and Visual Arts
Skill Area
  • Arts and Entertainment
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Admission Codes

International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Admission into this course is determined via the presentation of a folio. The folio will be presented prior to or at an interview conducted with visual art teaching staff. For admission into this qualification, individuals must have the technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in selected media. These skills and contextual knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or through formal study.

This course is not designed to provide basic technical skills and contextual knowledge.

Also required is completion of the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

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

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 6 core units
  2. Complete 9 elective units
Please select a course structure from the options below:
On campus - Standard Course Structure

2 years part-time or 1 year full-time.

  • On-campus
Mandatory Units - Drawing 1 (term 1)

Students may study part-time or full-time. They may enroll in in any cluster in any order, however enrollment should include all units in the selected cluster. The 'Drawing 1' cluster is only available in the February intake in any given year.

CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD502 Create observational drawings More Information Training.gov Details
Mandatory Units - Drawing 2 (term 2)

Students may study part-time or full-time. They may enroll in in any cluster in any order, however enrollment should include all units in the selected cluster. The 'Drawing 2' cluster is only available in the July intake in any given year.

CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques More Information Training.gov Details
Mandatory Units - Professional Practice 1

Students may study part-time or full-time. They may enroll in in any cluster in any order, however enrollment should include all units in the selected cluster. The 'Professional Practice 1' cluster is only available in the February intake in any given year.

BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice More Information Training.gov Details
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory More Information Training.gov Details
Mandatory Units - Professional Practice 2

Students may study part-time or full-time. They may enroll in in any cluster in any order, however enrollment should include all units in the selected cluster. The 'Professional Practice 2' cluster is only available in the July intake in any given year.

CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
Jewellery Specialisation 1

Students are required to choose one studio specialisation for this course - Painting, Jewellery or Printmaking are the available studio specialisations.

Full-time students complete the units from that cluster as per the sequence noted below.

Part-time students please view More Details for study sequence.

Jewellery Specialisation 1 is only available at the March intake.

CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
MEM19038A Apply traditional techniques to jewellery and 3D object production More Information Training.gov Details
Jewellery Specialisation 2

Students are required to choose one studio specialisation for this course - Painting, Jewellery or Printmaking are the available studio specialisations.

Full-time students complete the units from that cluster as per the sequence noted below.

Part-time students please view More Details for study sequence.

Jewellery Specialisation 2 is only available at the August intake.

MEM19036A Use specialised techniques to produce jewellery and objects More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work More Information Training.gov Details
Painting Specialisation 1

Students are required to choose one specialisation for this course - Painting, Jewellery or Printmaking.

Full time students complete the units from that cluster as per the sequence noted below.

Part time students please view More Details for study sequence.

'Painting Specialisation 1'  is only available at the March intake.

CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
Painting Specialisation 2

Students are required to choose one specialisation for this course - Painting, Jewellery or Printmaking.

Full time students complete the units from that cluster as per the sequence noted below.

Part time students please view More Details for study sequence.

'Painting Specialisation 2'  is only available at the August intake.

CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPAI501 Refine painting techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
Printmaking Specialisation 1

Students are required to choose one specialisation for this course - Painting, Jewellery or Printmaking.

Full time students complete the units from that cluster as per the sequence noted below.

Part time students please view More Details for study sequence.

'Printmaking Specialisation 1'  is only available at the March intake.

CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
Printmaking Specialisation 2

Students are required to choose one specialisation for this course - Painting, Jewellery or Printmaking.

Full time students complete the units from that cluster as per the sequence noted below.

Part time students please view More Details for study sequence.

'Printmaking Specialisation 2'  is only available at the August  intake.

CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Please refer to the VET Course Planners for the recommended study sequence of this course. Please enrol in your units as per those instructions.

Online

2 years part-time.
  • Online
Core

Please refer to the course planner for information about the study sequence for the online Diploma of Visual Arts course.

Core units will be selected across various unit clusters and intake periods.

CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice More Information Training.gov Details
Electives

Please refer to the course planner for information regarding the study sequence for the online Diploma of Visual Arts.

CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques More Information Training.gov Details
BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD502 Create observational drawings More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPAI501 Refine painting techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques More Information Training.gov Details
BSBMKG527 Plan Social media engagement More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Please refer to the VET Course Planners for the recommended study sequence of this course. Please enrol in your units as per those instructions.

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
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

On campus - Standard Course Structure

On-campus

Rockhampton City

February: Full Time/Part Time
March: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
August: Full Time/Part Time

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

Domestic 2020 Availabilities

On campus - Standard Course Structure

On-campus

Rockhampton City

February: Full Time/Part Time
March: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
August: Full Time/Part Time

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

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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.