What will I learn?

Take your creative skills to the next level with this diploma qualification. This course will enhance and develop further learning within the broader creative arts field. The visual arts industry comprises a broad range of sectors with diverse employment outcomes. Business and entrepreneurial skills will play an increasingly prominent role for individual artists and practitioners.

This course enables you to specialise in core areas of visual culture and professional practice with electives in painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, digital media technology, photo-media, ceramics, millinery and fashion accessories. TAFE Queensland's leading industry experts and specialist educators can provide you with the skills you need to flourish within the competitive creative arts sector. Further opportunities also exist for overseas study tours.

Successful completion of the Diploma of Visual Arts will give you the skills and attributes to seek self employment or other creative occupations within a wide range of arts, government, community or commercial organisations.

Unit Introduction

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 9 elective units.


CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts

Job Prospects

  • Commercial Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Milliner
  • Potter
  • Costume Jewellery Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Fashion Accessories Designer
  • Painter (Visual Arts)
  • Sculptor

University Pathways

Students in the Greater Brisbane area wishing to continue their studies can take advantage of our partnership with the University of Canberra. Successful completion of your diploma will automatically qualify you for a provisional place in the Bachelor of Visual Arts with up to one year of credit.

Which department am I in?

TAFE Queensland Brisbane



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$16,400.00 (US$ 11,569) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 January 2021


TAFE Queensland

South Bank Campus,

66 Ernest Street,



4101, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion.

All applicants must submit a portfolio;

Your folio should express your current art achievement, potential and commitment. Folio pieces may include both traditional media and computer generated images (please include 5 -10 pieces).

No compulsory items are specified; however we highly recommend you include works in a range of media.

Submit photographs or colour copies in an A3 or A4 folder with plastic sleeves and please make sure to label each page.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs.

Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other; TOEFL: PBT score of 506; iBT score of 46 with 4 in Reading /Learning and 14 in writing /speaking; PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English) overall score of 42 with Reading /Learning /writing /speaking score of 42; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) score of 162.

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About this uni

Nearly 86% of TAFE Queensland’s graduates find suitable employment or move on to further study after graduation.

  • Programs taught by experts in various fields
  • TAFE enjoys a high student satisfaction rating of 87%
  • Increasing partnership between leading global companies & TAFE
  • Works with multinational companies & government organisations