Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Code: CUA41320
Study Area:
Visual Arts

Start date: February 2023

End date: December 2023

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Your career as a Fine Artist starts here.

This course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the diverse visual arts industry. This may include working in a studio based or shared workshop environment as a painter, sculptor, printmaker or illustrator in the arts industry.

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and blended (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.


If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible to study this course for free or low-fee through JobTrainer. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees and materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure
  • Full-Time - Face-to-Face/Blended - 12 months. 


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers

Students completing this course will be able to work as a:

  • Arts assistant
  • Freelance artist
  • Painter
  • Printmaker
  • Tattoo artist
  • Illustrator
  • Community arts
  • Multimedia artist

  • Some art and design skills
  • Intermediate literacy and numeracy

Course overview

Your career as a visual artist starts here!


CUA41320 Certificate IV in Visual Arts a nationally accredited course developed to provide you with the knowledge and confidence to develop your own artistic voice and command of techniques in a range of art forms.


  • Full-time.
  • Classes: Wednesday to Friday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.

You will be taught by experience, working artists with special knowledge.

This course will help you advance your skills in art theory, creative thinking, drawing, illustration, painting - both traditional and digital, printmaking and digital documentation.

To complement your creative and technical skills, you will graduate with employability skills, know how to deliver to a deadline, and manage a project.  You will work in a studio environment, learn to plan your daily workflow and how to collaborate creatively.

You will also develop a portfolio of your original work.

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Interview by teaching staff, present folio of your creative work, literacy & numeracy assessment

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
  • Regular assessment during the course to show you have achieved the skills and knowledge required. Including written and practical projects.

Learning options
  • Your course is classroom centred in a studio-based environment.

Key study areas


To be awarded the qualification you must successfully complete 15 units.  Your course is delivered face-to-face/blended with clusters of units designed to give you hands-on instruction in a range of artistic techniques you can expect in the visual arts industry.

Core Units

  • Apply work health and safety practices
  • Develop and discuss ideas for own work creative work
  • Develop self as artist
  • Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • Realise a creative project
  • Research history and theory to inform owns arts practice.

Elective Units

  • Develop and refine illustrative work
  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • Experiment with techniques to produce paintings
  • Experiment with printing techniques
  • Integrate colour theory and design processes
  • Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
  • Capture photographic images
  • Produce innovative digital images
  • Generate design solutions

You will be regularly assessed during the course to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required. 

Your course is classroom centred in a studio-based environment in which you will study individually and occasionally in groups, you will use industry-standard equipment and the latest digital painting software.

Further study opportunities
  • Students who complete the Certificate IV in Visual Arts may continue their studies in higher education. They will graduate with the knowledge and confidence to make appropriate decisions regarding their future in the arts industry.


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

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
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 total course fee*$5,527.20
Concession - average total course fee*$1,105.44
Full fee - average total course fee*$13,377.00
B.   Materials average fee**$0.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$0.00
Indicative pricing for:

*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

This page was last updated on 1/04/2022 1:27 PM