Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Code CUA41315
Locations Warrnambool
Study Mode Full-time, Part-time, On Campus
Length Full-time - 12 months
Part-time - 3 years
Commencement July 2019
Timetable Full-time: 3 days a week - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Part-time: 1-2 day a week - Monday, Tuesday or Thursday
Course Overview

Build on your existing creative skills and develop their own artistic voice and command of techniques with the Certificate IV in Visual Arts.

You will develop critical and conceptual thinking skills, to extend your creative practice and to broaden your understanding of what it means to be a successful arts practitioner in today’s art industry. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be well positioned to apply for entry into our Diploma of Visual Arts course.

What will I Learn?

In this course you will learn about:

  • the history and theory of art
  • how to realise a creative project
  • exhibiting a body of work
  • the arts industry
  • painting
  • printmaking
  • photography
  • sculpture
  • drawing
  • work health and safety

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for the higher-level learning that supports professional art practice. After completing this qualification, you may choose to continue study in higher level visual arts courses or may use the skills and knowledge to continue producing arts works for personal interest or gain.

Career opportunities include:

  • studio artist
  • community artist


After completing this qualification, you could continue further study in the Diploma of Visual Arts. 


There is no formal placement in this course, however you will have the opportunity to work closely with the local arts community.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

To apply for this course, you must be over 17 years of age.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 15 units: 6 core and 9 elective.

You will need to provide:

    • USB storage device
    • Art materials for each studio, list to be supplied/outlined per studio.
    • General kit: pens, pencils, ruler, eraser, sharpener, workable fixative, masking tape, fine liners
    • PPE

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others 20 $20.00
CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas 80 $42.00
CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project 60 $42.00
CUAPPR404 Develop self as artist 60 $0.00
CUAPPR405 Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work 60 $0.00
CUARES403 Research history and theory to inform own arts practice 70 $70.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBDES401 Generate design solutions 60 $42.00
CUAACD401 Integrate colour theory and design processes 30 $0.00
CUADIG405 Produce innovative digital images 50 $10.00
CUAIND301 Work effectively in the creative arts industry 50 $0.00
CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields 45 $66.00
CUAPAI401 Experiment with techniques to produce paintings 50 $66.00
CUAPPR407 Select and prepare creative work for exhibition 30 $33.00
CUAPRI401 Experiment with techniques to produce prints 50 $66.00
CUASCU401 Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture 50 $0.00
Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.


This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of Tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

  • Government subsidised
  • Government subsidised (concession)
  • Full fee

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $4,055.00
Concession rate $815.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $9,680.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $550.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay. Final costs will be determined at enrolment.  

Which fee applies to me?

Skills First Exemptions
Government eligibility exemptions for TAFE via Skills First funding gives you greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.

The good news is, that there are now a reduced number of criteria for you to meet in order to be eligible for a Government subsidy. If you don’t meet those criteria you will be a full fee paying student.

Government Subsidised Fee
You meet all Skills First eligibility criteria but DO NOT hold a current healthcare or pension card, OR you are eligible for a Skills First exemption.

Concession Fee
You meet all eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. It’s important to

note that the concession rate is only applicable for Certificate l to Certificate lV courses and students who have declared their ATSI origin.

Full fee
Full fees only apply to the few students who do not meet the Skills First eligibility criteria, do not qualify for an exemption or are enrolling in course that is not government subsidised.

Check your fees eligibility here.

How do I pay my fees?

Unless an alternative fee payment method is approved, your course fees are required to be paid upfront and in full at the time of enrolment.  If your personal circumstances mean that payment in full is not possible, then you may be able to pay your fees by

  • Payment Plan
  • Centre Pay
  • VET Student Loan (Diploma & Advanced Diploma only)

SWTAFE offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with enrolment fees.

Next Steps
Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.