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CUA20715 - Certificate II in Visual Arts

Certificate II in Visual Arts

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Flexible payment options are available for this course.

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Nationally Recognised

This qualification is provided as Nationally Recognised Training (NRT).

Course description

This is a great starter qualification for people with a passion for visual arts and craft practice, but with no formal training.

It teaches the basic creative and technical skills underpinning all types of visual art and is ideal if you want to develop at a later date into visual arts and crafts or the broader creative or arts administration industries.

With core units like Use Basic Drawing Techniques and also Make Simple Creative Work, you can get inspired to work with a variety of materials or go on to study at higher levels or, one day, university or art school.

Indigenous students will also find this course useful to develop their own style of visual art, representing the people and environments of their local area.

Units of study

Core Units

Four (4) units must be completed

Unit Code Unit Name
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAACD101 Use basic drawing techniques
CUAPPR201 Make simple creative work
CUARES202 Source and use information relevant to own arts practice

Elective Units

Five (5) units must be completed

Unit Code Unit Name
BSBDES201 Follow a design process
BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
BSBINN201 Contribute to workplace innovation
BSBITU201 Produce simple word processed documents
BSBITU203 Communicate electronically
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
CUADIG303 Produce and prepare photo images
CUADRA201 Develop drawing skills
Frequently Asked Questions
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Before gaining entry to a course, why do I need a Unique Student Identifier (USI)? How do I obtain one?
All students are required to have a USI, before their enrolment is confirmed. If you have not created your USI and are intending to study, you should create your free USI now. Get more information by visiting usi.gov.au. You will need to have proof of your identity to complete the process. Once you have a USI you will have a secure online record of your nationally recognised training which you can access anytime and anywhere. If you have any questions, or need assistance creating your USI, please contact TAFEnow by phone or chat.
I’m currently living overseas, is it okay for me to do this course?
Yes, you can do this course from overseas.
At a minimum, what computer skills and software do I require for my course?

You don't have to be a computer whiz to succeed in online learning, but you should be comfortable typing, using the internet and email, chatting to your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software and performing other basic tasks.

Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later, or Mac OS X or above
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Up-to-date internet browser

You may also need access to:

  • A printer/scanner to print and scan documents for uploading.
  • A smart phone/digital video to video practical tasks for some courses
Will I need to buy any text books or other equipment for this course?
Yes, you will need to supply your own art and design materials, which will cost approximately $200. A full list will be available from your teacher on enrolment. There is a list of suggested reading in the “Getting Started” section of each e-book, however, it is not compulsory to buy any books. There is a lot of material available online.
How will I contact TAFEnow if I’m having a problem? How long will it take to get a response?
If you are having trouble accessing your course resources or navigating the TAFEnow website after enrolling, you should contact one of our Customer Help Officers on 1300 823 366. They are available Monday to Thursday 8am to 8pm and 8am to 5pm on Fridays.
If your query is specific to a unit you are studying and requires a subject matter expert, you should contact your unit facilitator. Their contact details are located on every unit. You should make contact via email. If you require over the phone support and appointment can be requested.
What will this course qualify me to do and what type of jobs will I be able to get? What is the future outlook like for jobs in this field?
This qualification will prepare you for higher level courses, but has not direct job outcomes, as such. Future job prospects for related occupations are outlined here in the Australian Government’s Job Outlook.
Is there tutor support available after hours?
TAFEnow has teamed up with the national service YourTutor to offer students live online help with things like essay and report writing, study skills and referencing. You can make contact with a tutor from 3pm to 11pm Sunday to Friday, via your Moodle course page or drop off a writing file and receive feedback in less than 24 hours. Watch this short, informative video for more information.
This service is additional to the specific subject help that your unit facilitator can provide.
What if I need a full-time course?
Completion of this course in 9 months is considered full-time participation. On enrolment, please let our Customer Help team know that you need to study full-time. They will adjust the time frame of your enrolment to reflect a full-time study load and can then provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment form for Centrelink.
How will I access extra course resources or talk to a librarian?
If you want make contact with a TAFEnow librarian to access further course resources, go to tafenow.com.au/library-ask-us. Then type in your reference query. A librarian on chat will show you how to search the library catalogue and how to use our specialised subject guides to find extra information for assessments.
How much time should I study this course for each week (on average) to complete in the required time?
This course will take the average learner 12 hours a week to complete over 12 months, based on 48 weeks of participation. If you have industry experience and knowledge you may find you complete more rapidly.
How will I send in my assessment tasks?
Once you enrol you will work from the learning platform of our website. Your course information will tell you what assessment events you are required to and provide instructions on how to upload them so your assessor gets them. If you are asked to send video or audio evidence for an assessment you can upload it to YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox and just upload the URL to the course website so we know where to look.
What qualifications or experience are recommended to meet the course’s entry requirements?
You will need Year 10 or equivalent. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate competency in basic written and spoken English.
What happens if I fail a unit or an assessment event? What is TAFEnow’s re-submission policy?
Your teacher/assessor will provide feedback on your assessment event and will let you know if you have met the requirements. If you have not met the requirements, you will have one extra attempt to resubmit your assessment and get it to the required standard to become competent in this unit. If you do not succeed in your second attempt a fee may be charged for an assessor to mark your third submission.
Can I transfer to a campus class if I struggle online?
Before considering a change it is best to discuss your options with TAFEnow’s Educational Support Officers who may be able to arrange additional support for your studies. If your course is available at an NC TAFE campus you may be able to transfer. Please contact the customer contact centre.
If I do a course with TAFEnow, can I get an extension on my visa?
You must apply for a visa extension directly with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. TAFEnow can provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) once you’ve enrolled in a course as proof of your student status, but is unable to assist with your visa application.
What if English is not my first language?
If English is not your first language and you did not comp-lete the lasr two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrollinh into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
  • IELTS - Overall score of 5.5
  • TOEFL - One of the following:
    • 530 (paper)
    • 197 (computer)
    • 71 (internet)
  • Evidence of 12 months in English-speaking employment - Testimonial or statutory decleration
Course Fees

Fee for Service
$2025.00

More Information

There are no fee exemptions, concessions or subsidies available for this price. You are required to contribute to the full cost of your course. Your tuition fee includes all essential study materials.
Extra study resources may be available to enhance your learning and will attract an additional charge.
You may also be eligible for a VET Student Loan for some Diploma and Advanced Diploma level courses.
Contact us:

  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Your government subsidised fee, and your eligibility for concessions, exemptions and scholarships, are all calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. The 2017 subsidised fees indicated on this page are indicative only and based on 2016 fees. The state government may make some small changes to fees and subsidies for 2017 enrolments and we will update our site if and when that happens.
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At a glance

Course Code: CUA20715
Course Duration: 12 months
Units: 9
Recognition: Nationally
Cost: $2,025
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