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Study and create cultural art!

This qualification reflects the role of people who work in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural arts context. Students will produce work that shows a well-developed command of technique in their chosen art form and are able to apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems. Course details

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Full time: 9 months / 4 x Residential blocks of two weeks each

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  • Full Fee $9,535
  • Subsidised $3,190
  • Concession $1,700

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Cairns Full time / 4 x Residential blocks of two weeks each Classroom

Entry requirements

Students must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Students should also have the language, literacy and numeracy skills to study at Certificate IV level with reasonable support. It is also a recommendation that interested applicants possess some relevant art or design skills and knowledge prior to entry e.g. drawing or particular art techniques.


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Resources required

Students are required to wear covered shoes at all times when working in the studio.


This course is delivered full time studies over nine months. Lessons will be delivered face-to-face over five two-week residential blocks. Students are required to complete assessments in own time and required to attend all classes at specific times as indicated on timetables.  Please find attached below the timetable, with residential blocks, for the 2018 delivery of Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts.

2018 Block dates:

  • Block 1    12 - 23 March 2018
  • Block 2    14 - 25 May 2018
  • Block 3    11 - 22 June 2018
  • Block 4    9 - 20 July 2018
  • Block 5    29 October - 9 November 2018

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15 units are required to complete this qualification; 6 core and 9 elective units.

CUVATS301A Develop and apply knowledge of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural arts Core
CUVACD301A Produce drawings to communicate ideas Core
CUVATS302A Produce work that expresses own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity Core
CUVPRP401A Realise a creative project Core
CUVRES401A Research history and theory to inform own arts practice Core
BSBOHS201A Participate in OHS processes Core
BSBIPR401A Use and respect copyright Elective
BSBDES303A Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms Elective
CUVPRP404A Develop self as artist Elective
LMTTD4006A Source textile materials and resources Elective
LMTTD4013A Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing Elective
CUVPRP303A Select and prepare creative work for exhibition Elective
CUVPAI401A Experiment with techniques to produce paintings Elective
BSBDES301A Explore the use of colour Elective
BSBSMB302A Develop a micro business proposal Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

ABSTUDY: This program is an ABSTUDY approved course.  Students who qualify may be eligible for Away From Base assistance (travel, accommodation and meals) to attend study blocks at the approved location. Students must be in receipt of an ABSTUDY benefit and provide their ABSTUDY evidence before attending the first study block.

Payment options are available for students; as well as Merit and Access & Equity scholarships via TAFE Queensland Scholarships



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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.

Higher Level Skills Subsidy

The Higher Level Skills Subsidy is a one-off subsidy that offsets the cost of an eligible Certificate IV or higher courses.

You're eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy 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 IV or higher level qualification.
  • For some courses, you may also be required to hold a certificate 3 in a relevant industry field.


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.


CUA40615 Certificate IV in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts

Job prospects

  • Visual Arts And Crafts Professionals

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  • 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

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

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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 5 March 2018

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