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CUA51120 Diploma of Visual Arts

CUA51120 Diploma of Visual Arts

National ID CUA51120 State ID BGR9

Your career in visual arts is in your hands.

This qualification will enhance your skills and knowledge in selected areas of visual art and craft, with options to focus on painting, print media, ceramics, sculpture and digital art.

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This course is eligible for a VET student loan. To see if you're eligible and to find more visit our Student Loans page. 


When Semester 1, 2024.

Study Mode On campus.

Turn your passion into a career.

Year long course - commences in January 2024

Take on complicated art projects with a developed skill set and knowledge of various materials and mediums. You'll have the opportunity to focus on areas such as painting, print media, ceramics, sculpture and digital media and refine these skills in studio classes designed to bring your ideas to reality.

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

Important information

Select your preferred campus and apply

Semester 1, 2024


Duration 1 Year
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Geraldton
How Classroom

Units and fees

To attain this qualification, you are required to successfully complete fifteen (15) units of competence, comprising five (5) core and ten (10) elective units selected from the options provided below. 

For an approximate fee estimate, mark the boxes below corresponding to the number of units needed for this course. The estimated fees will be displayed on the right-hand side.


National ID Unit title General fee Resource fee
CUAACD531 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools $347.40 $66.15
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work $405.30 $158.67
CUAPPR512 Develop sustainability of own professional practice $260.55 $49.76
CUAPPR513 Present a body of own creative work $318.45 $158.67
CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice $144.75 $41.91


National ID Unit title General fee Resource fee
Make presentations
$173.70 $11.26
Originate and develop concepts
$173.70 $21.68
Develop social media engagement plans
$260.55 $49.76
Make mixed media artworks
$289.50 $56.08
Experiment with techniques to produce ceramic works
$347.40 $66.15
Investigate painting materials and processes
$260.55 $49.76
Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
$405.30 $75.76
Investigate printmaking materials and processes
$405.30 $93.83
Investigate sculptural materials and processes
$521.10 $119.16
Investigate materials and processes for textile work
$405.30 $93.83

Please note: Course information and fees are subject to change without notice.

  • Fees may differ between campus locations due to the difference between elective units in the course study plan or a need to adapt courses to meet local industry needs.
  • Fees may also differ for individuals depending on units of study selected, prior qualifications and recognition of prior learning (RPL).
  • Fees are payable at the time of enrolment.
  • Total fees quoted include tuition fees and resource fees. You may also be required to purchase text books, uniforms or other personal equipment that are not included in this fee estimate.
  • For Lower Fees, Local Skills (half-price) courses please refer to additional eligibility information above.
  • Concession rates: If eligible, proof of concession must be presented.
  • Concessions and the secondary school age fee cap do not apply to commercial courses (short courses), or Foundation Programs (i.e ESL and General Education).
  • Secondary school aged persons (in 2024, students born on or after 1 July 2006 who are at least 15 years old in 2024) undertaking training that is not part of a VET Delivered to Secondary Schools program, the maximum course (tuition) fee chargeable is $420. Additional resource fees and discretionary fees may apply. 
  • VET Student Loans for eligible courses and fee caps may be subject to changes implemented by the Australian Government.

More information: Visit our fees and payment options page or call us on 1800 672 700

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