(CUA41315) Cert IV in Visual Arts

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CRICOS ID – 090416G
Course Duration – 42 weeks
Course Fee – AU$12,000
Location – Hobart, Launceston
Intake Dates – February


Course Overview

Develop your personal creativity by learning the skills to enable you to practise professionally as a visual artist or craftsperson.

This studio-based qualification is relevant to the contemporary arts and crafts industries. It encourages students to produce original quality works for galleries, private and public commissions, tourist centred businesses and a range of other businesses.

This qualification is flexible and designed to meet a broad range of visual art and crafts industry needs. It is the launching point for further study in visual arts and contemporary craft, and for professional visual arts practice.

Studio areas include.

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Glass
  • Painting
  • Jewellery
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles
  • Design in Wood
  • Photography

NB: Not all studios/subjects are available in all areas.

Additional costs apply in this course for text books and stationery, protective clothing and equipment, travelling and excursion expenses, as well as tools and materials, at an approximate cost of AU$650.


Career Opportunities

All students who participate in this course are provided with advice on employment and training options including, but not limited to:

  • assistants or operators of individual art studios
  • gallery assistant
  • arts events co-ordinator
  • art craft design manufacturer / buyer / exhibitor
  • freelance designer
  • arts technician


Course Structure

TasTAFE provides specialist studios specific to different areas of visual arts and craft. Training is based around completion of a variety of projects that incorporate groups of different units. It focuses on practical learning and practical application of skills and knowledge.

Projects simulate typical art/craft based activities and cover such things as: drawing, design, product making, keeping a studio journal and studio records, reading a brief, interaction with a client, meeting timelines, project budgeting, exhibitions, marketing, and more. Where practicable, real projects are undertaken for internal and external clients, who are required to provide feedback to students.

To achieve a Certificate IV in Visual Arts, 18 units must be successfully completed:

  • 4 Core Units
  • 14 Elective Units
Core Units 
  • BSBOHS201A Participate in OHS processes
  • CUVCOR09B Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept
  • CUVCOR13B Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice
  • CUVCOR04B Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse
Elective Units

The elective units will vary and are delivered in the following studios:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Glass
  • Jewellery
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • Design in Wood
  • Photography

A complete list of all electives is available from GETI.


Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Occupational Health & Safety procedures must be followed.

  • Assessment takes place throughout the year and at the end of projects.
  • Assessment will happen on the job and /or in a simulated workplace.
  • Individual assessments may include:
    • products
    • samples
    • student presentations
    • portfolios
    • assignments
    • workbooks
    • assessment checklists
  • Strategies may include:
    • demonstrations
    • studio-based observation
    • exhibitions
    • presentation
    • role play
    • case studies
    • self and peer assessments


Entry Requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 General Training (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent


Recognition of Prior Learning

At TasTAFE we believe that the things you already know how to do should be formally recognised.

Regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of your skills and experience.  When you apply to attend TasTAFE you can ask for recognition of:

  • schooling
  • formal/informal learning
  • life experience
  • employment/work experience.

You may also be able to apply for credit transfer for units/modules that you have completed previously at another training organisation.

It is also possible to apply for credit for TasTAFE subjects if you decide to study at university.



Course information displayed on this website is subject to change.

You may be required to purchase additional materials or stationery for your course.