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Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Code: CUA51115
Study Area:
Creative Arts and Digital Media

Start date: 26 February 2018

This qualification reflects the role of visual artists who combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to prepare for and develop an emerging arts practice. They are able to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms.

  • Bendigo TAFE City Campus
Course Structure
  • • Full time - Classroom - 1 Year/s • Part time - Classroom - 2 Year/s


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • • Photographer • Printmaker • Sculptor • Digital artist

  • Completion of the Certificate IV in Design or an equivalent qualification. Applicants will also be requested to undertake a LLN assessment.

Course overview

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

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

Selection process
  • LLN assessment, interview and folio presentation.

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
  • • Project • Written test

Learning options
  • Classroom and studio based.

Key study areas
Core: Drawing, sustainability, concept development, cultural history and theory, exhibition design. Elective: Painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture.

Further study opportunities
  • Students who have successfully completed this course can receive guaranteed entry to Deakin University to study a Bachelor of Creative Arts or a Bachelor of Arts with 8 credits (Equivalent to 1 year of study)


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*$5,581.44
Concession - average annual course fee*$1,116.00
Full fee - average annual course fee*$9,450.00
B.   Materials average fee (per year)**$348.84
C.   Consumables average fee (per year)**$348.84
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 19/02/2018 5:17 PM

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