Version Effective: 2nd of February, 2018
Version Effective: 2nd of February, 2018

CUA51115 - Diploma in 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. 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.

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Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Fees
Full Fee $13485 (2019)
Subsidised Full Fee $6735 (2019)
Subsidised Concession Fee $5475 (2019)
Fee for service per unit $899 (2019)
Subsidised full fee per unit $449 (2019)
Subsidised concession fee per unit $365 (2019)
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

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.

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

  1. Students will receive a Result of Assessment within 21 days of completion of each unit/module or within 21 days of the ‘close of study’ date.
  2. Students who successfully complete all required units/modules will receive their qualification and an Academic Statement itemising all units/modules successfully completed.
  3. Following receipt of written advice from the student (or teacher) that the student does not intend to complete the full course, the student will be issued with a Statement of Attainment listing all units/modules successfully completed.

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.

  • On-campus
Drawing Cluster
CUAACD502 Create observational drawings More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools More Information Training.gov Details
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques More Information Training.gov Details
Jewellery Cluster
MEM19038A Apply traditional techniques to jewellery and 3D object production More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
MEM19036A Use specialised techniques to produce jewellery and objects More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
Painting Cluster
CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
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 Cluster
CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes 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
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
Professional Practice Cluster
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice More Information Training.gov Details
BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images More Information Training.gov Details
BSBMKG527 Plan Social media engagement 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
CUAACD502 Create observational drawings
CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes
CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work
BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work
CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAPAI501 Refine painting techniques
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work
MEM19036A Use specialised techniques to produce jewellery and objects
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
MEM19038A Apply traditional techniques to jewellery and 3D object production
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques
BSBMKG527 Plan Social media engagement

Online

2 years part-time.
  • Online
Drawing Cluster
CUAACD502 Create observational drawings More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools More Information Training.gov Details
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques More Information Training.gov Details
Core units
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools 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
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work 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
Painting Cluster
CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPAI501 Refine painting techniques More Information Training.gov Details
Printmaking Cluster
CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques More Information Training.gov Details
Elective Units
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD502 Create observational drawings More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images More Information Training.gov Details
BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright More Information Training.gov Details
BSBMKG527 Plan Social media engagement More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes 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
CUAACD502 Create observational drawings
CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes
BSBMKG527 Plan Social media engagement
BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour
CUAACD502 Create observational drawings
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques
CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques
CUAPAI501 Refine painting techniques
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work
CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Course Learning Outcomes
Where and when can I start?
The availabilities listed here are for 2019 and beyond.
Please view the more details information for any additional information related to the intakes

Domestic 2019 Availabilities

Online

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

On campus - Standard Course Structure

On-campus

Rockhampton City

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


Study Sequence

On-campus Students

Please refer to Course Structure section of the Handbook for a list of the units contained in each group.  


Full Time StudentsPart Time Students
Feb Intake

Drawing 1 AND 

Professional Practice 1

Drawing 1 or

Professional Practice 1 


Mar Intake

Painting Specialisation 1 or

Jewellery Specialisation 1 or

Printmaking Specialisation 1

Painting Specialisation 1 or

Jewellery Specialisation 1 or 

Printmaking Specialisation 1

Jul Intake

Drawing 2 AND

Professional Practice 2

Drawing 2 or

Professional Practice 2


Aug Intake*

Painting Specialisation 2 or

Jewellery Specialisation 2 or

Printmaking Specialisation 2

Painting Specialisation 2 or

Jewellery Specialisation 2 or

Printmaking Specialisation 2


*Select the same Studio Specialisation selected in March.  If no Studio Specialisation units were selected in March, select a studio specialisation to use as a major in your course.

Online Students

The below units are available Online for 2019 and it is recommended that units within each group are enrolled into at the same time.  

Drawing 1

CUADRA501

CUAPPR505

Available Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May and June Intakes.
Art History

CUARES503

BSBIPR401

Available Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May and June Intakes
Printmaking 1

CUAPRI502

CUAACD506

Available Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May and June Intakes
Social Media

BSBMKG527

CUAPHI403

Available Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May and June Intakes