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CUA31120 Certificate III in Visual Arts

National ID: CUA31120 State ID: BGV9
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Further develop your professional skills in visual arts.

The Certificate III in Visual Arts provides participants with the practical skills to utilise appropriate mediums for different genres of work. Students will gain introductory skills in art theory and history, and investigate and create original works which reflect their responses to the inspiration and research undertaken.

This qualification will set you up with the basic creative and technical skills of visual arts and crafts practice. It's the perfect way to hone your skills and creativity ready for a career in a range of areas.

Throughout this course, students will complete knowledge questions and practical tasks, and present concepts underpinned by the unit of competencies.

Classes are often held in the evenings and depend upon industry demand. It is recommended to complete one or two units only per term.

Throughout the course you will gain skills in:

  • Basic drawing techniques
  • Art Theory and History
  • Design Process
  • Sculptural skills
  • Ceramics
  • Textiles
  • Occupational Safety and Health

You will:

  • create two and three dimensional forms in a variety of formats 
  • learn how to visualise, develop and present ideas and images
  • discuss the visual arts analytically and appreciatively
  • constructively evaluate your own work and that of others.

You will also learn skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, and design.

  • You have some industry experience or have completed units from qualifications or skill sets in the creative industries
  • You have some form of art experience from either participating in an arts event, gained informal learning experiences from watching online art videos, attended weekend workshops or even participated in a home model based micro business.

This program of training is delivered over a period of 12-18 month period with up to 10 hours per week of study, including face to face training, self-paced study and research and practice in own time.

Not all units and study modes are offered at all campuses. Please check with your local campus.


National ID Unit title
BSBWHS211 Contribute to the health and safety of self and others
CUAACD311 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
CUAPPR311 Produce creative work
CUARES301 Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice


National ID Unit title
BSBCRT201 Develop and apply thinking and problem solving skills
CUADES201 Follow a design process
CUADES202 Evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry context
CUADES301 Explore the use of colour
CUADES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
CUAPPR211 Make simple creative work
CUASCU311 Produce sculpture
CUATEX311 Produce textile work

This course prepares you for roles such as:

  • Community arts facilitator
  • Ceramics studio assistant
  • Community theatre assistant and arts
  • Craft or Design practitioner

Job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

For more information about job and career pathways, visit JobOutlook (opens in a new tab) or Jobs and Skills WA(opens in a new tab) .

Further training pathways can include CUA30620 Certificate III in Arts Administration or CUA41320 Certificate IV in Visual Arts.

On Campus


Tuition fee*

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Our estimated fees are based on:

  • Full time study in 2023
  • A selection of elective units designed to meet local industry demand for skills (different unit selections will attract different fees)
  • For more information regarding eligibility and fees, please visit DTWD website 

These fees are estimates only and depend on your eligibility for government funding, concession rates, the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Additional resource, material and/or equipment costs may apply. Visit our Fees and Charges page for more information, including on consumer rights.

Delivery locations and study options

Duration 12 months
When Date: 2023
Where Broome Campus
Derby Campus
Course fee $2,829.45

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