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CUA20715 - CUA20715 - Certificate II in Visual Arts

CUA20715 - 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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CUA20715 specific FAQs
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 TAFE Digital 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.
Will I need to buy any text books or other equipment for this course?

There are a wide and varied list of traditional materials that Artists and Designers commonly use. The attached Visual Art & Design Equipment and Resources List suggest some recommended purchases.

Trialling different media will expand your skills and knowledge and your self-expression. Over the course of an artist’s and designer’s professional career they will purchase many different items and add to their artist kit as they can afford. If you already have some materials start with these and add to your kit as needed.

In contrast to traditional art media is electronic art media – computer, tablets, phones and software tools.

At a minimum, what 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 software specifications for your course are:

  • Microsoft Office or equivalent (free download for TAFE NSW enrolled students)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download)
  • Adobe Flash Player (free download)
  • Up-to-date internet browser
At a minimum, what computer skills 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 7, or later, or Mac OS X or above

You may also need access to:

  • A printer/scanner to print and scan documents for uploading.
  • A smart phone or digital video so that you can video practical tasks for some courses
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.
How will I contact TAFE Digital 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 TAFE Digital 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 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.
Is there tutor support available after hours?
TAFE Digital has teamed up with the national service Studiosity, 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.
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 access extra course resources or talk to a librarian?
If you want make contact with a TAFE Digital 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.
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.
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 happens if I fail a unit or an assessment event? What is TAFE Digital'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 TAFE Digital’s Educational Support Officers who may be able to arrange additional support for your studies. If your course is available at an TAFE NSW campus you may be able to transfer. Please contact the customer contact centre.
If I do a course with TAFE Digital, can I get an extension on my visa?
You must apply for a visa extension directly with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. TAFE Digital 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 complete the last two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling 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 declaration
Do I have to pay the cost of my course in full when I enrol?
At TAFE NSW, TAFE Digital we accept a range of convenient payment methods for paying course fees. These include up front payment (or paying the course in-full), payment plans, deferred payments or third party payment. The amount you pay might be reduced if you are eligible for a subsidised place.

For more detailed information please visit the TAFE NSW, TAFE Digital payment options page.
What fee payment options are used to pay for a course?
TAFE NSW North Coast does not accept cash payments, however you can pay your course fees and other enrolment related charges by:
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • A completed Authority to Invoice from your employer or job provider (if applicable)
How do I pay for my course?
When you have to make a payment will depend on how you have chosen to pay your course fees. To confirm your place in a course, you must pay a deposit. The amount that you pay will depend on the length of your course.

If you are studying a course at Diploma level, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. You may also qualify for an exemption, which means you don't pay any fees.

If you are choosing a payment plan, you will need to agree to a Westpac Direct Debit Plan and provide your credit card details or bank account number. We will debit regular payments from your account/credit card to make sure payment for your course fees are up to date.

To find out more about the different payment options available to you, please visit the TAFE NSW, TAFE Digital payment options page
Does TAFE NSW, TAFE Digital have a Fee and refund policy?
TAFE NSW, TAFE Digital has a new Refund Policy which is effective from 1 November 2017. This policy applies to Student Fees, Concession Fees and Additional Costs and other charges paid by TAFE NSW students and refunds of those fees, costs and charges.

TAFE NSW students may, in certain circumstances, be eligible for a refund or partial refund of the Student Fee, Concession Fee or Additional Costs paid to TAFE NSW. The circumstances where a refund may apply are:
  1. If TAFE NSW cancels the delivery of training, the Student Fee or Concession Fee will be refunded;
  2. If TAFE NSW cancels the delivery of training, the Additional Costs, where the equipment or services purchased have not been used/accessed and are returned to TAFE NSW, will be refunded;
  3. If the student makes a payment more than the Student Fee or Concession Fee, including where the student is determined to be eligible for a Fee Exemption or Concession Fee after such payment, the amount overpaid will be refunded;
  4. For subsidised training, if the student formally withdraws before the commencement of training delivery or classes, then the Student Fee or the Concession Fee paid at enrolment will be refunded;
  5. For Fee for Service training, where the student formally withdraws before the commencement of training, and the training is
    • less than one (1) week duration, the student must formally withdraw five (5) business days before commencement of training to be eligible for a refund;
    • greater than one (1) week duration, then the Student Fee will be refunded;
  6. If the student withdraws after the commencement of training delivery or classes,
    • the instalment fees paid and due at the date of withdrawal from training are non-refundable;
    • a partial refund will be available where the student has made fee payment/s against future-dated instalments due after the date of withdrawal.
If you would like to know more about our Fees and Refund policy please visit the TAFE NSW, TAFE Digital fees and refund policy page.
How can I access the TAFE Student Guide and the student rights and responsibilities?
The 2018 student guide can be accessed here and the student rights and responsibilities can be accessed here
Course Fees

Fee for Service
$3930.00

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: $3,930
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