Diploma of Visual Arts

National Code: CUA51120
TAFE SA Code: TP01223


Working within purpose-built facilities and a hands-on supportive environment, students can learn across a range of studio disciplines including printmaking, photography, ceramics, and jewellery. Drawing, sculpture, and painting classes complete this well-rounded, dynamic visual art experience across the course.
You will learn and create in Adelaide College of the Arts’ state-of-the-art facilities which include purpose-built studios and exhibition spaces.

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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Wednesday 12 June 2024, 6.15pm Adelaide College of the Arts, Meet on level 1 foyer

Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate III or higher in Visual Arts, Graphic Design, Screen and Media or Creative Arts
  • Submission of a portfolio which provides evidence of your technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in a selected medium
  • Year 12 or SACE subject in Art or Design and Technology
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
Recommended for those wanting to complete a studio-based visual arts qualification or who are refreshing existing skills, knowledge and practice.

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 and broaden your personal art making practice.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need to purchase your own materials. Cost $200 - $450 (approximately). Lecturers will recommend a range of materials to suit most budgets.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$2,206 - $2,295
$4,412 - $4,590
$1,557 - $1,620
$3,114 - $3,240
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee
$8,650 - $9,000
$17,300 - $18,000

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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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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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

    Visual artists may work in their own practice, or in a wide range of contexts across the arts, government, community or commercial organisations.

    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

    Diploma of Visual Arts (CUA51120)
    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. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 5 core units and 10 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.

    * 2023 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
    Develop sustainability of own professional practice 50
    Establish and maintain safe creative practice 40
    Present a body of own creative work 60
    Realise a body of creative work 80
    Refine drawing and other visual representation tools 80


    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse cultural history and theory 70
    Collaborate in creative processes 40
    Create observational drawings 60
    Critique cultural works 50
    Develop and refine metalworking techniques 50
    Investigate drawing materials and processes 70
    Investigate painting materials and processes 80
    Investigate sculptural materials and processes 110
    Make mixed media artworks 65
    Refine 2-D design ideas and processes 70
    Refine 3-D design ideas and processes 70
    Refine ceramics techniques 60
    Refine printmaking techniques 85
    Work with photomedia in creative practice 65
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