Certificate IV in Visual Arts

National Code: CUA41320
TAFE SA Code: TP01222


Enjoy a studio-based learning environment where you’ll be introduced to design, illustration, drawing, and object making. Your creative future in the arts starts here with this studio-based qualification. You’ll learn and create in dedicated visual arts spaces at the Adelaide College of the Arts, including purpose-built studios, workshops, and exhibition spaces. Develop your practical studio skills as you learn the fundamentals of art history and theory. Studios are offered in ceramics, jewellery, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The program culminates with an exhibition featuring artworks you’ve developed during your study.

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12 months 

Full Time


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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
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Entry Recommendations
Recommended for those wanting to develop practical skills across a range of studio disciplines or considering entry to higher visual art qualifications.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Full time is usually 3 to 4 days a week.

Industry Conditions and Skills

  • You will need basic digital communication and production skills such as word processing.
  • You will learn art theory and practical skills in ceramics, jewellery, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture and develop your personal art making practice.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs

  • You will need to purchase your own materials and may cost between $150
  • $350.
  • Lecturers will recommend a range of materials to suit most budgets.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,449 - $1,539
$2,898 - $3,078
$846 - $898
$1,691 - $1,796
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training requires applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee
$6,561 - $6,969
$13,122 - $13,937

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Graduates of these courses are equipped to excel in activities that embrace an artist's and designer's practice. Artists and designers may choose to practise independently, join industry enterprises or participate in public art commissions and community art activities. Opportunities include working in jewellery, sculpture, painting, ceramics, art photography, printmaking, galleries and in education.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Visual Arts (CUA41320)
    The course provides a largely studio based learning environment, introducing the student to a range of skills in studios such as design, drawing, ceramics, object making, printmaking, photo imaging and concept development. This practical learning is further supported by an introduction to art history and how the student can use this to support and enhance their own work. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 6 core units and 9 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply work health and safety practices 30
    Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work 70
    Develop self as artist 60
    Produce drawings to communicate ideas 90
    Realise a creative project 90
    Research history and theory to inform own arts practice 70


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply photo imaging lighting techniques 100
    Develop and refine illustrative work 50
    Document the creative work progress 15
    Experiment with printing techniques 50
    Experiment with techniques to produce ceramic works 50
    Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery 50
    Experiment with techniques to produce paintings 50
    Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture 50
    Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms 60
    Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms 60
    Explore the use of colour 50
    Make scale models 50
    Select and prepare creative work for exhibition 30
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