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CUA41315 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working at a pre-professional level who are beginning to develop their own artistic voice and command of techniques in a range of art forms.

Practice at this level is underpinned by application of broad and integrated technical and theoretical knowledge and the ability to analyse and use information from a range of sources.


To Be Awarded a Qualification ...

You will need to complete Units of Competency based on the Packaging Rules listed against the qualification.  A list of Units currently offered by Sydney Art School is provided in the details section of each qualification.

To Complete Units of Competency ...

You will need to be assessed as meeting the perfomance criteria  for those Units by

  • attending studio sessions associated with that unit, AND
  • completing and submitting your Assessment Workbook associated with that unit AND  
  • completing and submitting your portfolio of work relevant to that unit (this will be described in further detail in the Assessment Workbook).

While you are enrolled in studio sessions at Sydney  Art School

  • You can work towards multiple Units at the same time.  
  • You can submit your Assessment Workbook at any time during your enrolment at Sydney Art School.

Be realistic about how much you can achieve.  As a guideline,  if you are attenidng only 1 studio session per week then completing an average of 2 Units over the course of 2 x 8 week terms terms  is a good starting point expectation.

A good way to get started are the special "Pre Diploma" unit bundles.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) against Units that not listed above may be assessed by Sydney Art School on request. 

Other Units Not Listed

If there are other Units you are particularly interested in working towards that are not listed in our current offerings please contact us.


Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 15 

6 core units  plus

9 elective units  of which:

  • 4 units must be selected from Group A
  • 3 units must be selected from Group A or Group B
  • 2 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate III, IV or Diploma level.


 Unit  Associated Studio
Session Type 
Unit Enrollment Fee 
Unless otherwise
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others  Any  
CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas  Any  
CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project  Any No Charge*
CUAPPR404 Develop self as artist  Any  
CUAPPR405 Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work  Any  
CUARES403 Research history and theory to inform own arts practice  Any  
Elective Units Group A    
BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour  Painting, Drawing  
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms Any   
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms Jewellery   
CUADRA401 Experiment with techniques to produce drawings Drawing  No Charge* 
CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields Any   
CUAJWL401 Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery Jewellery   No Charge*
CUAPAI401 Experiment with techniques to produce paintings Painting   No Charge*
CUAPPR302 Document the creative work process Any  
CUAPPR407 Select and perpare creative work for exhibition Any  
PMC552024C Hand mould products Jewellery   
Elective Units Group B    
CUAIND301 Work effectively in the creative arts industry Any   
Elective Units from CUA31115 Certificate III in Visual Arts    
CUADRA301 - Produce drawings  Drawing  No Charge*
CUAPAI301 - Produce paintings Painting No Charge*
CUAJWL301 - Produce Jewellery Jewellery No Charge*


* No Charge when enrolled in a specified Studio Session types.
* Only 1 Assessment Workbook issued at No Charge and 1 Assessment Fee Waiver can be used per course per term.


A complete list of units specified for this qualification can be found at http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CUA41315

Options may be available to complete any of these units at Sydney Art School.  Please contact student enrolments if you would like to discuss this futher.


Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Employability Skills Summary

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the visual arts, craft and design industries for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification


  •           passing on key safety information to colleagues
  •           presenting and discussing ideas with others
  •           producing art works which are consistent with the ideas that inform them


  •           checking safety procedures with other team members
  •           discussing ideas and industry developments with others


  •           resolving safety issues in own work
  •           refining ideas to incorporate feedback from others
  •           adjusting techniques to achieve a particular effect

Initiative and enterprise

  •           developing several possible ways of communicating an idea
  •           developing new and personal ideas, and own artistic voice from research and experimentation

Planning and organising

  •           sourcing and analysing information to develop ideas
  •           organising the presentation of ideas to others
  •           organising work tasks to ensure safety
  •           organising workspace and materials for work projects
  •           researching history and theory to inform creative practice


  •           establishing and following safe working practices
  •           maintaining personal safety standards
  •           challenging one’s own ideas and approaches
  •           having clear goals about one’s future as a creative practitioner


  •           evaluating information gained from research and integrating ideas into the development of own work
  •           using practice, feedback and evaluation opportunities to continuously improve skills and knowledge
  •           improving skills through experimentation with materials and techniques
  •           keeping up-to-date with industry and technological developments


  •           using the internet for research
  •           extending the application of tools and equipment to produce art works
  •           using technology to expand own arts practice