Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts


Course Length

Full time:

9 Months

Contact Hours

Full time:

3 Days per week


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Shepparton - Fryers Street

Course Overview

This course is only available for Indigenous students.

Express your passion and pride in your culture through art. Studying the Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts, you'll master techniques in jewellery making, printmaking, painting, sculpture, textiles, and drawing.

It doesn't matter if you're a beginner artist, or if you've just started exploring your culture — this course is suitable for any level of art and cultural knowledge.

This course is a nationally recognised qualification, and is delivered on campus.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course introduces you to Aboriginal culture and its contemporary expression as art, furthers your knowledge and skills in Cultural Arts, and gives you links to the industry as an artist.

The knowledge gained through this course prepares you for work in educational or community organisations, and also gives you the skill and cultural understanding to establish yourself as an independent visual artist.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the CUA31115 Certificate III in Visual Arts or CUA30515 Certificate III in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

On Campus - Open from 16/02/2021, 3 Days Week (Tue, Wed, Thu), 9am - 3pm / 2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $1,202.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $242.00

3. Full Fee: $4,974.00

Course Materials: $76.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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 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.

Additional selection criteria are:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Interest/previous experience in Culture/Arts

Course Study Units

Core Units
BSBWHS201 - Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAACD101 - Use basic drawing techniques
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
Elective Units
BSBWOR203 - Work effectively with others
CUADIG202 - Develop digital imaging skills
CUAPAI201 - Develop painting skills
CUAPPR202 - Participate in planning process for proposed artwork sites
CUAPPR203 - Store finished creative work
CUAPRI201 - Develop printmaking skills
CUASCU201 - Develop sculptural skills
CUATEX201 - Develop skills in textile work

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

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

Course Co-ordinator

Eva Ponting

Attendance & 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.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

Learn more about our learning support services


Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Student Support

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.


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

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

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.