Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts

Course Code CUA20415
Campus Shepparton - Fryers Street
Duration 505 hours

Course Overview

The CUA20415 Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts is the recognised qualification to become a qualified emerging artist, with knowledge and skills in the Cultural Arts.

The CUA20415 Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts provides students with an opportunity to develop the basic creative and technical skills that underpin visual arts and craft practice in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural arts context.

Express your passion and pride in your culture through art. Study the Certificate II in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts course at GOTAFE. This course is about more than just self-expression. You’ll also master techniques and practice skills in jewellery making, printmaking, painting, sculpture, textiles, and drawing.

Don’t worry if you’re a beginner, either as an artist, or just started exploring your culture. This course is appropriate for any level of visual and cultural art knowledge. And this is a nationally recognised qualification. It can lead you to further art study and you can work anywhere in Australia

This course is delivered on campus. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The CUA20415 Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts is designed to introduce you to Aboriginal culture and its contemporary expression as art, in many forms, so you further your knowledge and skills in the Cultural Arts and create links within this industry as an artist.

Working in this industry may involve volunteering at educational or community organisations to work with groups; for e.g. a community art project or establishing yourself as an independent practicing Visual Artist.

Further studies
After gaining the CUA20415 Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts, you might wish to undertake further study in the CUA31115 Certificate III in Visual Arts or CUA30515 Certificate III in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – Fryers Street 3 Days Per Week – Starts 25th Feb – 9:30am to 3:00pm – SEMESTER 1 / 2019
Shepparton – Fryers Street 3 Days Per Week – Starts 15th July – 9:30am to 3:00pm – SEMESTER 2 / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Robyn Thompson
Location: Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 505 $2.15 $1,085.75 $7.00 $3,535.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 505 $0.43 $217.15 $7.00 $3,535.00
Full Fee 505 $2.15 $1,085.75 N/A N/A
Course Materials 505 $0.10 $50.50 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
It is recommended that participants in the CUA20415 Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts if undertaking the elective unit, CUATTS101 Develop understanding of own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Identity, have “the local cultural knowledge necessary to achieve competency in this unit may only be accessible to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples. This unit also reflects the fact that there is no single Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture.”

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

  • Attend an interview with the Course Coordinator and meet with the Koorie Liaison Officer
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.
Units of Competency

CUA20415 – Core Units

BSBWHS201 – Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAATS101 – Develop understanding of own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity
CUAPPR201 – Make simple creative work
CUARES202 – Source and use information relevant to own arts practice
CUAACD101 – Use basic drawing techniques

CUA20415 – Elective Units

CUAPAI201 – Develop painting skills
CUAPRI201 – Develop printmaking skills
CUASCU201 – Develop sculptural skills
CUATEX201 – Develop skills in textile work
CUAPPR202 – Participate in planning process for proposed artwork sites
CUAPPR203 – Store finished creative work
BSBWOR203 – Work effectively with others

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical demonstrations
  • Written tasks
  • Oral assessments/presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Audio/visual records
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.