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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. 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

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

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


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.

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


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.

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


CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work 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

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

Not all units are available Online for 2019. Please see More Details for further information.

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

Not all units are available Online for 2019. Please see More Details for further information.

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
CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques More Information Training.gov Details
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

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

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: 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

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
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.