Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Code: CUA41315
Study Area:
Creative Arts and Digital Media

Start date: February 2020

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 in the photographic industry.

  • Bendigo TAFE City Campus
Course Structure
  • Full-Time – Face-to-Face – 12 months. Part-time enrolments are available.


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Students completing this course will be able to work as a: • Photographer • Printmaker • Sculptor • Painter

  • • Some art and design skills • Intermediate literacy and numeracy

Course overview


A practical studio-based course designed for students beginning to develop their own artistic voice and command of techniques in a range of art forms. Fine Art is an art form practised mainly for its aesthetic value and its beauty (“art for art’s sake”) rather than its functional value.

You will learn the fundamentals of the industry: art theory, drawing, creative thinking, digital photography, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

You will work in a studio environment and learn to plan your daily workflow and how to collaborate creatively.

To complement your technical skills, you will graduate with employability skills and develop introductory project management skills. You will develop a folio of your original work.


Through hands-on experience you will learn drawing and design-based works such as painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture.

You will explore diverse approaches to art making, art theory, art self-development and portfolio creation.


Your course is delivered in clusters of units designed to give you hands-on instruction in the range of techniques and tasks you can expect to experience in industry.

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, oral and practical projects

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

Key study areas

Art theory

  • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • CUAPPR404 Develop self as artist
  • CUARES403 Research history and theory to inform own arts practice


  • CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project

Creative thinking

  • CUAPPR405 Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work
  • BSBCRT301 Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

Digital photography

  • CUADIG405 Produce innovative digital images
  • CUAPHI403 Enhance manipulate and out-put photo images


  • CUAPAI401 Experiment with techniques to produce paintings
  • CUAACD401 Integrate colour theory and processes

Print making

  • CUAPRI401 Experiment with techniques to produce prints
  • CUAPRI301 Produce Prints


  • CUASCU401 Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture
  • CUASCU301 Produce sculpture

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
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total 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 total course fee*$3,280.00
Concession - average total course fee*$656.00
Full fee - average total course fee*$9,503.80
B.   Materials average fee**$410.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$164.00
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

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. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

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