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CUA51115 - Diploma of Visual Arts

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms. Mediums may include ceramics, drawing and illustration, painting, photomedia, printmaking, public art, sculpture, textile design, wood design, digital art and glasswork.

Practice at this level is underpinned by application of arts theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Discourse around complex ideas is also required.

Visual artists may work in their own practice, or in a wide range of contexts across the arts, government, community or commercial organisations.

Visual artists work in a wide range of contexts across the arts and other industries. They are often sole practitioners but may also hold positions in government or commercial organisations.

Artists work within and across many media, and their practice may incorporate
ceramics, digital art, glasswork, drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textile design and wood design.

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

3 units must be selected from Group A
2 units must be selected from Group B
4 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.
Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid vocational outcome.

 

 Unit  Associated Studio 
Session Type 
   
Core  

CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

 Drawing
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work Any
CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice Any
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work Any
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice Any
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory Any
   
Elective Units Group A  
CUAACD502 Create observational drawings  Drawing
CUAACD503 Select and refine a specialised drawing technique Any 
CUAACD505 Work with the human form in creative practice Drawing 
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques Drawing
CUADRA502 Investigate drawing materials and processes Drawing 
CUAJWL401 Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery Jewellery 
CUAPAI501 Refine painting techniques Painting 
CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes Painting 
   
Elective Units Group B  
BSBCMM401 Make a presentation Any 
bsbipr401 Use and Respect Coyright  Any 

 

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

A complete list of units specified for this qualification can be found at http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CUA51115

Please contact us if you wish to discuss the options available.

 

 

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification
It is highly recommended that people entering this qualification possess a Certificate IV qualification in visual arts or a related discipline and have well-developed skills in a specialised art form.

Pathways from the qualification
This qualification prepares people for entry into work at a professional level. Its conceptual and theoretical content also supports learning at higher levels. People with CUV51115 Diploma of Visual Arts often engage in further learning in vocational and higher education through Advanced Diploma and Degree qualifications in a range of arts-related disciplines and beyond.

Entry Requirements

To enter this qualification, individuals must have the technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in selected medium.

Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or through formal study.

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.

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification

Communication

  •           responding appropriately to feedback on own skill development and performance
  •           consulting with peers and mentors about a range of issues related to own practice
  •           documenting own work
  •           engaging in critical discourse with colleagues and peers

Teamwork

  •           collaborating with others artists
  •           sharing ideas
  •           seeking feedback and guidance from mentors

Problem-solving

  •           analysing complex information and responding with creative solutions
  •           developing solutions for complex design challenges
  •           balancing potentially conflicting needs
  •           evaluating the effectiveness of solutions

Initiative and enterprise

  •           working creatively with an art form
  •           developing ideas from historical and contemporary research
  •           achieving own individual style of creative expression

Planning and organising

  •           planning a creative project
  •           monitoring own work and introducing strategies to improve skills and knowledge
  •           conducting a range of research to inform work projects
  •           planning work tasks in a logical sequence
  •           setting work and practice goals
  •           planning for a sustainable professional practice

Self-management

  •           developing goals for professional practice
  •           taking responsibility for own professional development
  •           monitoring own work and introducing strategies to improve performance
  •           using knowledge of industry and legal frameworks within own practice

Learning

  •           developing strong artistic technique
  •           identifying opportunities to maintain and enhance industry knowledge
  •           seeking feedback from colleagues and mentors
  •           exploring and testing new approaches
  •           participating in industry networks and professional development opportunities

Technology

  •           using an extended range of materials and technologies relevant to specific creative practice
  •           proactively using the internet as a research tool