Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Code CUA41315
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 800 hours

Course Overview

The course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the diverse visual arts industry. This may include working in a studio based or shared workshop environment as a painter, sculptor, printmaker or in the photographic industry. You will also gain confidence and experience to pursue further study in arts-related fields at a higher level.

Become the artist you’ve always hoped to be. Enhance your artistic flair and skill in contemporary art by studying the studio-based Certificate IV in Visual Arts at GOTAFE. Get your hands dirty in 2D art forms: from painting, printmaking and drawing to digital art and photo media. You’ll develop key connections with industry, artists and local galleries.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The CUA41315 Certificate IV in Visual Arts is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Visual Arts industry.

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

This qualification prepares people for skilled work at a pre-professional level and for learning at higher levels, in particular through visual arts qualifications at Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Degree levels.

Further studies
After gaining the CUA41315 Certificate IV in Visual Arts you might wish to undertake further study in the CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts, or other courses in Creative Industries.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

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.

You are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in excursions or other organised activities.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Leonie Partridge
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 800 $4.20 $3,360.00 $7.50 $6,000.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 800 $0.84 $672.00 $7.50 $6,000.00
Full Fee 800 $10.00 $8,000.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 800 $0.55 $440.00 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
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview and present 8-10 creative pieces
  • 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

CUA41315 – Core Units

BSBWHS201 – Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAPPR405 – Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work
CUAPPR404 – Develop self as artist
CUAACD301 – Produce drawings to communicate ideas
CUAPPR401 – Realise a creative project
CUARES403 – Research history and theory to inform own arts practice

CUA41315 – Elective Units

ICTWEB302 – Build simple websites using commercial programs
CUAPHI302 – Capture photographic images
CUAPHI403 – Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
CUADRA401 – Experiment with techniques to produce drawings
CUAPAI401 – Experiment with techniques to produce paintings
CUAPRI401 – Experiment with techniques to produce prints
CUASCU401 – Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture
BSBDES303 – Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
CUAIND401 – Extend expertise in specialist creative fields

Assessment Methods

Students undertake project based assessments and tasks, building to a visual art portfolio which demonstrates the breadth of skills acquired by students.

Assessment methods include practical demonstrations and tasks, observation, quizzes, written reports and reflections, participation in peer to peer critiques, project work and portfolio.

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?

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