Diploma of Visual Arts - CUA51120

Latrobe College of Art and Design

Type of institution: Registered Training Organisation
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 03157K

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. Visual artists may work in their own practice, or in a wide range of contexts across the arts, government, community or commercial organisations. 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. The job roles that relate to this qualification may include Printmaker, Photographer, Illustrator, Visual Artist, Ceramic Artist, Painter, Public Artist, Sculptor, Textile Designer, Woodwork Designer, Digital Artist, Glasswork Artist, Arts Practitioner. It also provides a pathway to other visual arts, craft and design job roles.Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations QualificationNo licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.Units of competency in qualificationSome individual units of competency may have their own licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Users must check individual units of competency for licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements relevant to that unit.


  • Experiment with throwing techniques
  • Develop and apply ceramic glazes
  • Estimate and cost job
  • Refine digital art techniques
  • Refine ceramics techniques
  • Research the cultures of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural artists
  • Manage specialised finishing processes
  • Implement design solutions
  • Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
  • Establish operational strategies and procedures for new business ventures
  • Obtain revenue to support operations
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Hand carve wood to custom design
  • Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
  • Develop and manage a budget
  • Manage project governance
  • Investigate printmaking materials and processes
  • Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • Build and launch a small business website
  • Refine throwing techniques
  • Write complex documents
  • Refine carving techniques for creative work
  • Manage personal and professional development
  • Select and refine a specialised drawing technique
  • Investigate drawing materials and processes
  • Develop and refine illustrative work
  • Explore and apply photo lighting techniques
  • Refine printmaking techniques
  • Select sites for creative projects and plan work
  • Develop personal work priorities
  • Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural artists and communities
  • Produce screen printed textiles
  • Refine illustration techniques
  • Create works of art for public spaces
  • Research and apply light and colour
  • Implement preventive conservation activities
  • Refine handbuilding techniques
  • Plan Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural arts projects
  • Conduct research
  • Source funding for projects
  • Integrate disability access and inclusion
  • Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
  • Establish innovative work environments
  • Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples
  • Develop social media engagement plans
  • Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery
  • Research and develop business plans
  • Make moulds and casts
  • Investigate sculptural materials and processes
  • Develop professional illustrations
  • Investigate painting materials and processes
  • Work with photomedia in creative practice
  • Install and dismantle exhibition elements
  • Design and produce experimental textiles
  • Establish and maintain safe creative practice
  • Critique cultural works
  • Refine kiln cast glass techniques
  • Work with the human form in creative practice
  • Design and develop interpretive displays
  • Refine woodworking techniques
  • Undertake project work
  • Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
  • Provide work skill instruction
  • Experiment with moulding and casting techniques
  • Refine model making skills
  • Plan finances for new business ventures
  • Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
  • Present a body of own creative work
  • Investigate woodworking materials and processes
  • Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • Manage copyright arrangements
  • Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
  • Refine drawing techniques
  • Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
  • Develop and refine metalworking techniques
  • Experiment with techniques to produce ceramic works
  • Manage kiln operations
  • Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
  • Refine techniques for textile work
  • Manage finances for new business ventures
  • Refine glassworking techniques
  • Collaborate in creative processes
  • Build and maintain business relationships
  • Refine sculptural techniques
  • Make mixed media artworks
  • Estimate, measure and calculate measurements for work
  • Plan and produce visual art photo images
  • Create observational drawings
  • Realise a body of creative work
  • Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures
  • Explore the history and social impact of creativity
  • Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing
  • Develop strategies to monetise digital engagement
  • Undertake marketing activities
  • Produce woven tapestry samples
  • Provide freelance services
  • Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
  • Investigate ceramic materials and processes
  • Develop sustainability of own professional practice
  • Apply legal principles in intellectual property law matters
  • Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
  • Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities
  • Market new business ventures
  • Investigate materials and processes for textile work
  • Refine painting techniques
  • Research and design sustainable objects
  • Generate design solutions
  • Analyse cultural history and theory
  • Contribute to managing work-related psychological health and safety
  • Make presentations
  • Experiment with ceramic surface treatments
  • Plan work space
  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Investigate glassworking materials and processes
  • Originate and develop concepts

Standard entry requirements

Individuals must provide evidence of their technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in selected medium. Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or formal study.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Collingwood International: $17,955 No
  • Full-time : 1 year

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