Version Effective: 6th of June, 2022
Version Effective: 6th of June, 2022

CUA51120 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Details

Course Summary

This qualification provides students with training in the technical, creative and conceptual skills necessary to become a professional artist or designer. Students can select from the studio areas of painting, printmaking or jewellery as they work to develop their professional skills and knowledge in the visual arts arena. Visual artists may work in their own practice, or in a wide range of contexts across the arts, government, community or commercial organisations.



Entry Requirements

Completion of the bksb (basic key skills builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

Individuals must provide evidence of their technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in selected medium.

Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or formal study.


VET Student Loan Information

VET Student Loans may be available for eligible students in approved Diploma level qualifications. The loan can be used towards Tuition Fees only and does not cover additional expenses such as textbooks, uniforms, equipment, travel, tools, and accommodation or general living expenses. Loan limits or caps may apply for some eligible courses and where a loan limit is reached for a course, students may be required to pay upfront for any remaining units.

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Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Fees
Full Fee $16,080.00 (2022)
Subsidised Full Fee $8,040.00 (2022)
Subsidised Concession Fee $6,540.00 (2022)
Fee for service per unit $1,072.00 (2022)
Subsidised full fee per unit $536.00 (2022)
Subsidised concession fee per unit $436.00 (2022)
TAFE Priority Training Program fee per unit $328.20 (2022)
For detailed information on Course Fees, visit www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire or Apply Now
Study Area
  • Creative, Performing and Visual Arts
Skill Area
  • Arts and Entertainment
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

The job roles that relate to this qualification are that of a professional artist or designer. More specifically, these roles may include; Printmaker, Painter, Jeweler/Silversmith, Designer, Digital Artist, Installation Artist or Arts Practitioner. This course also provides a pathway to other visual arts, craft and design job roles.

Course Structures

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 5 core units
  2. Complete 10 elective units

Study Mode Definitions

  • Mixed Mode courses are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools and/or workshops.
  • Online courses are delivered using online resources only.
  • On-campus courses are delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching at CQUniversity campuses.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

Select a course structure below to view the delivery details , including the different study modes offered for each structure.

Please select a course structure from the options below:
On Campus

This program is delivered on campus for a period of 12 months full time or 24 months part time.

  • On-campus
Drawing 1
CUAACD531 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD532 Create observational drawings More Information Training.gov Details
Drawing 2
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques More Information Training.gov Details
Professional Practice 1
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice More Information Training.gov Details
CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements More Information Training.gov Details
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory More Information Training.gov Details
Professional Practice 2
BSBCRT512 Originate and develop concepts More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR513 Present a body of own creative work More Information Training.gov Details
BSBMKG546 Develop social media engagement plans More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR512 Develop sustainability of own professional practice More Information Training.gov Details
Jewellery Specialisation 1
CUAJWL401 Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
Jewellery Specialisation 2
CUAACD509 Develop and refine metalworking techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
Printmaking Specialisation 1
CUAPRI512 Investigate printmaking materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
Painting Specialisation 1 - Online Only
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPAI512 Investigate painting materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
Printmaking Specialisation 2
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPRI511 Refine printmaking techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
Painting Specialisation 2 - Online Only
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPAI511 Refine painting techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work 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
CUAACD531 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work
CUAPAI511 Refine painting techniques
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour
CUAPRI511 Refine printmaking techniques
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work
CUAPAI512 Investigate painting materials and processes
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAPRI512 Investigate printmaking materials and processes
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour
CUAACD509 Develop and refine metalworking techniques
CUAACD532 Create observational drawings
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAJWL401 Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery
CUAPPR512 Develop sustainability of own professional practice
BSBMKG546 Develop social media engagement plans
CUAPPR513 Present a body of own creative work
BSBCRT512 Originate and develop concepts
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory
CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work

Online

This program is delivered online for a period of 12 months full time or 24 months part time.

  • Online
Drawing and Copyright
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements More Information Training.gov Details
Drawing and History
CUAACD531 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools More Information Training.gov Details
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory More Information Training.gov Details
Drawing and Safety
CUAACD532 Create observational drawings More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice More Information Training.gov Details
Professional Practice 1
BSBCRT512 Originate and develop concepts More Information Training.gov Details
BSBMKG546 Develop social media engagement plans More Information Training.gov Details
Professional Practice 2
CUAPPR513 Present a body of own creative work More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work More Information Training.gov Details
Sustainability
CUAPPR512 Develop sustainability of own professional practice More Information Training.gov Details
Printmaking Specialisation 1
CUAPRI512 Investigate printmaking materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
Painting Specialisation 1
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPAI512 Investigate painting materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
Printmaking Specialisation 2
CUAPRI511 Refine printmaking techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
Painting Specialisation 2
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPAI511 Refine painting techniques 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
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques
CUAPPR512 Develop sustainability of own professional practice
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour
CUAPRI511 Refine printmaking techniques
CUAPAI512 Investigate painting materials and processes
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAPRI512 Investigate printmaking materials and processes
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work
CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements
CUAPPR513 Present a body of own creative work
BSBMKG546 Develop social media engagement plans
BSBCRT512 Originate and develop concepts
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUAACD532 Create observational drawings
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory
CUAACD531 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAPAI511 Refine painting techniques

Start TAFE Now (STN) - On Campus

This program is delivered on campus part time for a period of 24 months.

  • On-campus
Drawing 1
CUAACD532 Create observational drawings More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD531 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools More Information Training.gov Details
Drawing 2
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques More Information Training.gov Details
Professional Practice 1
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory More Information Training.gov Details
CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice More Information Training.gov Details
Professional Practice 2
CUAPPR512 Develop sustainability of own professional practice More Information Training.gov Details
BSBMKG546 Develop social media engagement plans More Information Training.gov Details
BSBCRT512 Originate and develop concepts More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR513 Present a body of own creative work More Information Training.gov Details
Jewellery Specialisation 1
CUAJWL401 Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
Jewellery Specialisation 2
CUAACD509 Develop and refine metalworking techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work More Information Training.gov Details
Printmaking Specialisation 1
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPRI512 Investigate printmaking materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
Painting Specialisation 1 - Online Only
CUAPAI512 Investigate painting materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
Printmaking Specialisation 2
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPRI511 Refine printmaking techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work More Information Training.gov Details
Painting Specialisation 2 - Online Only
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPAI511 Refine painting techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour 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
CUAACD532 Create observational drawings
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour
CUAPAI511 Refine painting techniques
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work
CUAPRI511 Refine printmaking techniques
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAPAI512 Investigate painting materials and processes
CUAPRI512 Investigate printmaking materials and processes
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work
CUAACD509 Develop and refine metalworking techniques
CUAACD531 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAJWL401 Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery
CUAPPR513 Present a body of own creative work
BSBCRT512 Originate and develop concepts
BSBMKG546 Develop social media engagement plans
CUAPPR512 Develop sustainability of own professional practice
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour

Start TAFE Now (STN) - Online

This program is delivered online for a period of 24 months part time.

  • Online
Drawing and Copyright
CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements More Information Training.gov Details
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques More Information Training.gov Details
Drawing and History
CUAACD531 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools More Information Training.gov Details
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory More Information Training.gov Details
Drawing and Safety
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD532 Create observational drawings More Information Training.gov Details
Professional Practice 1
BSBMKG546 Develop social media engagement plans More Information Training.gov Details
BSBCRT512 Originate and develop concepts More Information Training.gov Details
Professional Practice 2
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPPR513 Present a body of own creative work More Information Training.gov Details
Sustainability
CUAPPR512 Develop sustainability of own professional practice More Information Training.gov Details
Printmaking Specialisation 1
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPRI512 Investigate printmaking materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
Painting Specialisation 1
CUAPAI512 Investigate painting materials and processes More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes More Information Training.gov Details
Printmaking Specialisation 2
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour More Information Training.gov Details
CUAPRI511 Refine printmaking techniques More Information Training.gov Details
Painting Specialisation 2
CUAPAI511 Refine painting techniques More Information Training.gov Details
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour 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
CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements
CUAPPR512 Develop sustainability of own professional practice
CUAPAI511 Refine painting techniques
CUAPRI511 Refine printmaking techniques
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAPAI512 Investigate painting materials and processes
CUAPRI512 Investigate printmaking materials and processes
CUAACD536 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
CUAPPR513 Present a body of own creative work
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work
BSBCRT512 Originate and develop concepts
BSBMKG546 Develop social media engagement plans
CUAACD532 Create observational drawings
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory
CUAACD531 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAACD534 Research and apply light and colour

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
Other
RPL
Course Learning Outcomes
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