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 February 2020, July 2020
Timetable Full-time: 3 days a week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Part-time: 1-2 days a week, Monday and 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 to continue study in the visual arts field at Diploma level that will support a professional art practice career. You may also use your skills and knowledge to continue producing artwork 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
    • Personal Protective Equipment (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

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.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suits your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

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:

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

You may be required to pay the cost of some goods or materials necessary for your course, eg: tools of the trade, uniform and books. The 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 and you will be informed of the fees associated with course consumables and resources via your Statement of Fees. 

Which fee applies to me?

Government-subsidised rate - Skills First
You could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
Check your eligibility

Skills First Exemptions
As a Victorian Government TAFE, South West TAFE is able to provide exemptions for prospective students. Contact our Customer Service Team to find out if you are eligible for an exemption.

Concession rate
If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligible for the concession rate. 
Find out more about concession rates

Full fee rate
If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate. 


How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
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

How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

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.