Certificate & Diploma of Visual Arts Courses

Visual Arts Qualifications Offered at Sydney Art School

Sydney Art School offers students Certificate and Diploma of Visual Arts qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).   

HSC Students can study the Certificate III in Visual Arts Course which is dual accredited by the NSW Board of Studies. Domestic students may be eligible for their studies to be funded under the VET Student Loans scheme. Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma Courses are CRICOS approved for internaional students  

  International Students  
 Domestic Students
Full Time
Part Time
 Full Time 
 Part Time 
 VET Student
Loan Option 
 HSC Units 
 Pathway Outcomes
Certificate III in Visual Arts
 Earn up to 4 HSC Units plus
a Qualification in Visual Arts 
Certificate IV in Visual Arts
 Pathway to
Bachelor Degree at some 
Australian Universities
Diploma of Visual Arts
Pathway & Credits to
Bachelor Degree at
Australian Universities
Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts
Pathway & Credits to
Bachelor Degree at
Australian Universities. 




Full Time and Part Time Options

Full Time Study for each qualification is 1 Year.   As a full time student you will typically require 20 hrs per week of studio time during school terms.  Studio sessions options are available during daytime, evenings and some weekends to give flexible attendance options.

Part Time Study is available only for domestic students.  Your attendance in studio sessions can be tailored so that you can to be complete your course over 2 or more years.

 VET in Schools option is available to High School Students in Years 9 and above.


Flexible Studio Attendance Options

Students can benefit from flexible studio attendance options.  Studio Sessions are available during daytimes, evenings and weekends.  

During your course you will attend;


How Much Will a Qualification Cost and How Long Will it Take to Complete?

 2019 Course Fees   Term 1 starting Tuesday 29 Jan


Tuition Fee
payable per Term*

No of Terms

Estimated Cost
of Qualification

Certificate III & IV in Visual Arts - Full Time

 $2200 4 $8,800
Certificate III & IV in Visual Arts - Part Time 2 Yrs

$1250 8 $10,000
Certificate III & IV in Visual Art - Part Time 3 Yrs $1250 12 $15,000
Diploma of Visual Arts - Full Time

$2200 4 $8,800
Diploma of Visual Arts - Part Time - 2 Yrs

$1250 8 $10,000
Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts - Full Time

$2200 4 $8,800
Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts - Part Time - 2ys

 $1250  8 $10,000

  * International student levy is $500 per term

Fees include

Fees do not include materials

Full Time Students

Part Time Students

 International Students

 Studio Based Learning Format

Learning at Sydney Art School is done in a working studio where you will progress and complete assigned assessment tasks and be observed by assessors and other industry practitioners. The studio provides a hands on learning environment with a strong focus on skills development and producing artistic works.

Your Tutor

On enrolment you will be allocated a primary tutor.  The role of the primary tutor is to;

Your Attendance and Studio Sessions

During your time at Sydney Art School you will attend  2 types of Studio Sessions:

International students will need to attend Studio Sessions for at least 20 hours per week during school terms.

"Tutored Studio Sessions" are groups where a tutor provides theoretical and practical instructions on specific technical skills such as drawing, painting or jewellery making. Full time students may attend up to 6 hours of Skills Development sessions per week.

"Open Studio Sessions" provide a collegiate environment where you can work alongside tutors and other students.  You will use these sessions to 

At least one tutor is present during any Open Studio Session.  They will not be providing specific demonstrations but are working on  their own art.  This gives you the opportunity to observe how they work in a professional practice environment. 


Other Fees & Charges

Material Fees:

Materials are not included in course fees unless otherwise indicated.


International Student Levy:

$500 per term 

Applicable to students who are sponsored by Sydney Art School for a Student Visa under the CRICOS program.


Qualification or Statement of Attainment Issuance Fee;

Statement of Attainment Issuance Fee: $100
Qualification Issuance Fee:  Initial $0,   Reprints $100

Service level times:
Standard: within 1 week
Priority: within 48 hours add $100 

Statements and Certificates are provided in electronic (.pdf) format.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is where you're competence against a Unit is assessed against evidence that you have collected through other courses or experience.

You will be asked to present your evidence firstly by use of an Assessment Workbook.  Your evidence will be reviewed by an assessor and may require a one on one interview with an assessor.

For students enrolled in a studio session at Sydney Art School RPL Fees are $200 per Unit.

For students not currently enrolled in a studio session at Sydney Art School RPL Fees Per Unit are:

  • Certificate III / IV Units: $250 per unit
  • Diploma Units: $300 per unit
  • Advanced Diploma Units: $350 per unit 

* Some Studio Sessions and Units may have additional fees  These will be indicated where applicable.