Visual Arts

About the Course

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 ceramics, drawing and illustration, painting, photomedia, printmaking, public art, sculpture, textile design, wood design, digital art and glasswork.

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.

Licensing/Regulatory Information
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Qualification Diploma
National Code CUA51115
Where can I study?

Entry Requirements

To enter this qualification, individuals must have the technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in selected medium.

Study Options

Recognition of Prior Learning

Student Hubs

TAFE Western Connect - Choose how or where you study:

  • Online - Study using TAFE Western's online learning website
  • Workplace - Study at work supported by your supervisor and TAFE Western
  • Blended Learning - Study via a combination of online, workshops, web/video conferencing and mobile training units

On Campus - Study at a TAFE campus

You may have skills, knowledge, previous training or experience which is relevant to this course. If so, you may wish to have this recognised. This may also reduce your training time. For further information, visit Recognition and RPL

Our Student Hubs are a great place to study, relax and find out more about how you can get the most out of your studies.

Where can I study?


VET Student Loans

  Starts in February

  Part time

  On Campus

Enrolment Code: CUA51115-01V01-GR-18DUB-013


How will I study?

All students applying for this course must complete a literacy and numeracy screening, known as RU Ready. In order to apply for Vet Student Loan (VSL), students must either hold an HSC, or have successfully completed a qualification of Cert IV or above, or achieve a pass in the RU Ready screening at exit level 3 or above.

Students not requiring a student loan who do not meet this standard, will need to co-enrol in a foundations skills course to assist with their research and writing skills required for the course.

Students will be provided with a starter resources kit, and be expected to purchase other resources when needed (these may be purchased from TAFE)

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. All applicants will need to attend a selection interview to ensure this is the correct course and level. If skills are not at the required level, you will be encouraged to enrol in a design course to develop your skills, and reapply next year. Please contact the section to arrange an interview 02 6883 3680

Our visual arts courses have articulation arrangements into a number of universities including National Art School, COFA, University of Western Sydney, Charles Sturt University and Newcastle University with a number of other unis (including in Victoria) who also offer recognition for TAFE study. This means if you complete your Diploma at TAFE, you will enter uni at 2nd year.

This program includes activities which are to be completed in your own time.

When will I study?

Class attendance is Part time

The course will commence on Wednesday 1st February, with students needing to attend their selected studio area each week, as a part time course, students will be expected to complete 2 studio areas in year 1, and the other 2 in year 2.

Course length: 10 hours per week for 2 Years

Start Date: 21 February 2018
End Date: 9 November 2019

What will I pay?

A VET student loan may be available to eligible students to cover some or all of their course fees. More information will be made available closer to your enrolment.

The course is not subsidised by the Government, and all students must pay the commercial fee (no concessions or exemptions available). Vet Student Loans are offered for this course.

Course fee: $7,500.00. Your tuition fee includes all essential study materials. Extra study resources may be available to enhance your learning and will attract an additional charge. Please contact your nearest TAFE Western campus or call us on 1300 823 393 for more information and payment options. Fees, charges and course offerings are subject to change.

A payment must be made towards your course fee (if applicable) at the time you enrol or your place in the class will not be confirmed and you will not be able to access any of your learning resources.

Payment Options

Study Now, Pay Later

VET Student LoansVET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the VET FEE-HELP scheme, which ceased on 31 December 2016. The new student loans program gives eligible students access to quality higher level VET qualifications, particularly those students who could not otherwise afford to pay upfront.

More information on VET Student Loans can be found at including: eligibility, loan caps, eligible courses, repayment options.

Who can I talk to?

Please contact the TAFE Western Hotline on 1300 823 393

What do I need?

For successful completion of this course you will need:
- Commit to attending all delivery sessions
- Undertake study and skills practice outside face to face delivery hours. For every hour face-to-face, the student should expect to complete another hour of self-directed learning.

TAFE Western conditions of entry to this course are the ability to work independently.