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Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts

Course Code: CUA40615
Study Area:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

This course will help you build upon your artistic skills and prepare you for a variety of arts-related careers. Completion of this course will also help you contribute towards the cultural development of your community and may also lead to a career in the selling and distribution of artwork through galleries.

  • Bendigo TAFE City Campus, Echuca Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - 2 years Part time - 3 years


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Graduates may find employment opportunities as self-employed artists, a member of a co-operative producing art for sale, or an assistant in an established cultural/arts environment.

  • There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course overview

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who work in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural arts context and produce work that shows a well-developed command of technique in their chosen art form. Practice at this level is underpinned by application of broad and integrated technical and theoretical knowledge and the ability to analyse and use information from a range of sources.

How to apply
Application to VTAC and supplementary application to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Individual interview

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • • Assignment • Portfolio • Project • Observation • Finished product

Learning options
  • Classroom based

Key study areas
• Drawing • Painting • Ceramics • Printmaking • Jewellery • Textile

Further study opportunities
  • These courses can lead to higher level studies in visual arts qualifications.


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative annual fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average annual course fee*$1,941.45
Concession - average annual course fee*$388.98
Full fee - average annual course fee*$7,974.00
B.   Materials average fee (per year)**$0.00
C.   Consumables average fee (per year)**$0.00
Indicative pricing for:05/02/2018

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students.   Read more

This page was last updated on 15/05/2017 11:10 AM

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