TAFE South Australia (TAFE SA)

Diploma of Visual Arts - CUA51115

TAFE South Australia (TAFE SA)

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree

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 InformationNo licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • 15 units: 6 core
  • 9 elective


  • Protect and use innovative designs
  • Work with photomedia in creative practice
  • Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business
  • Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
  • Develop own sustainable professional practice
  • Estimate, measure and calculate measurements for work
  • Develop strategies to monetise digital engagement
  • Obtain revenue to support operations
  • Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
  • Conduct research
  • Create works of art for public spaces
  • Hand carve wood to custom design
  • Work with the human form in creative practice
  • Present a body of own creative work
  • Create observational drawings
  • Refine painting techniques
  • Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
  • Develop and apply ceramic glazes
  • Manage small business finances
  • Manage personal work priorities and professional development
  • Refine carving techniques for creative work
  • Generate design solutions
  • Plan social media engagement
  • Investigate drawing materials and processes
  • Develop and refine illustrative work
  • Undertake marketing activities
  • Select sites for creative projects and plan work
  • Investigate ceramic materials and processes
  • Establish systems that support innovation
  • Identify fibres and fabrics
  • Investigate painting materials and processes
  • Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing
  • Implement preventive conservation activities
  • Market the small business
  • Undertake small business planning
  • Make a presentation
  • Apply innovation in contemporary leadlight and stained glass
  • Design effective user experiences
  • Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
  • Collaborate in a creative process
  • Plan a home based business
  • Refine printmaking techniques
  • Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery
  • Design a digital action plan for small business
  • Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
  • Protect and use intangible assets in small business
  • Originate and develop concepts
  • Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • Estimate and cost job
  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Install and dismantle exhibition elements
  • Provide work skill instruction
  • Refine illustration techniques
  • Critique cultural works
  • Investigate printmaking materials and processes
  • Experiment with moulding and casting techniques
  • Refine woodworking techniques
  • Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
  • Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
  • Refine model making skills
  • Build and maintain relationships with small business stakeholders
  • Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
  • Investigate woodworking materials and processes
  • Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities
  • Manage specialised finishing processes
  • Provide freelance services
  • Experiment with throwing techniques
  • Develop professional illustrations
  • Plan small business finances
  • Refine drawing techniques
  • Use and respect copyright
  • Refine kiln cast glass techniques
  • Develop and refine metalworking techniques
  • Manage copyright arrangements
  • Produce screen printed textiles
  • Investigate sculptural materials and processes
  • Refine techniques for textile work
  • Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples
  • Make mixed media artworks
  • Manage personal, family, cultural and business obligations
  • Implement design solutions
  • Establish and maintain safe creative practice
  • Refine glassworking techniques
  • Monitor and manage small business operations
  • Realise a body of creative work
  • Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Undertake project work
  • Refine digital art techniques
  • Explore the history and social impact of creativity
  • Design and produce experimental textiles
  • Research and apply light and colour
  • Select and refine a specialised drawing technique
  • Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
  • Refine ceramics techniques
  • Produce woven tapestry samples
  • Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
  • Investigate materials and processes for textile work
  • Research and design sustainable objects
  • Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
  • Develop exhibition concepts
  • Plan and produce visual art photo images
  • Refine throwing techniques
  • Source funding for projects
  • Analyse cultural history and theory
  • Build and sustain an innovative work environment
  • Write complex documents
  • Refine sculptural techniques
  • Design effective web search responses
  • Build and launch a small business website
  • Plan work space
  • Investigate glassworking materials and processes

Standard entry requirements

To enter this qualification, individuals must have the technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in selected medium.Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or through formal study.

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