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Develop both traditional and electronic skills in visual arts and craft, using a range of specialisations. Areas of study include:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Digital imaging
  • Ceramics

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Cairns, Townsville (Pimlico)

Key dates and info


Full time: 6 months / 4 days per week

Course details


  • Full Fee $4,590
  • Subsidised $1,908
  • Concession $1,014

Cost details

1300 656 959

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How to enrol

Key dates

Cairns Full time / 4 days per week Classroom
Townsville (Pimlico) Full time / 4 days per week Classroom

Entry requirements

Direct entry, year 10 or equivalent.

If you're under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Townsville (Pimlico)
Cnr Hugh Street & Fulham Road
Townsville QLD 4812

Resources required

Students will be informed at individual workshops of all physical resources required to be purchased.

Basic art materials will be supplied.


Full time over six months attending four days per week - Monday to Thursday; or Part time over 12 to 18 months depending on days of attendance.

Part time study
Students may enrol part time however they MUST enrol in all units in a specified area scheduled for the semester .e.g.

  • Drawing: CUAACD201,CUADRA301
  • Digital: CUADIG305,CUADIG303
  • Printmaking: CUAPRI301, BSBDES302
  • Painting: BSBDES301, CUAPAI301
  • Ceramics: CUACER201,CUACER301


12 units are required to successfully complete this qualification; 4 core and 8 elective units.

Please select the 5 electives that are nominated as Mandatory to ensure best recommended study outcome.  Select 3 electives based on intention to study Diploma or choose 3 of 5 units in the alternative pathway.

BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others Core
CUAACD201 Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas Core
CUAPPR301 Produce creative work Core
CUARES301 Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice Core
CUAPAI301 Produce paintings Mandatory
CUADIG305 Produce digital images Mandatory
CUASCU301 Produce sculpture Mandatory Townsville only
CUACER301 Produce ceramics Mandatory Cairns only
CUADRA301 Produce drawings Mandatory
CUAPRI301 Produce prints Mandatory
plus 3 electives for a pathway into the Diploma of Visual Arts:
CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project Elective
CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields Elective
CUAPPR302 Document the creative work progress Elective
or Alternative pathway; instead of Diploma of Visual Arts – choose 3 of the below 5 units
BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour Elective
CUADIG303 Produce and prepare photo images Elective
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms Elective
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my payment options?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland North has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 656 959. We're here to help.

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Full fee

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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of eligible courses. The amount provided depends on the demand for skilled workers in your chosen industry.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Live in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

Give us a call to find out more.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


CUA31115 Certificate III in Visual Arts

Job prospects

  • Visual Arts And Crafts Professionals
  • Gallery Or Museum Technician

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

All done? Then you're ready to enrol

All done? Then head to the link below to complete your enrolment:

Enrolment options

By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.


Information Sessions: Date: 18 January 2018; Times: Session 1 - 9:00 to 10:00 am, – Session 2 – 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Location: Cairns -  R Block, Room R1.32-R1.40
                Townsville – F Block, Room F1.02


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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 14 February 2018

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