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Diploma of Visual Arts CUA51115

Overview

In this program you will combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to prepare for and develop an emerging arts practice. You will gain the skills and knowledge to be able to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms.

Your visual arts practice will be underpinned by a sound grasp of art theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources.

Visual artists work in a wide range of contexts across the arts and other industries. They are often sole practitioners but may also hold positions in government or commercial organisations. Artists work within and across many media, and their practice may incorporate ceramics, digital art, glasswork, drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textile design and wood design.

Qualification: Diploma of Visual Arts CUA51115
Program No: DP-CI23
Campus: CIT Reid 
Duration: 2 semesters full-time (approximately 25 hours per week class time, with approximately 2 hours of additional independent study) OR part-time equivalent.
Likely Job Outcome: Entry to other tertiary or higher education art and design programs.
Application Type: Public
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Additional Information

You may need to purchase materials for the completion of projects which remain your property.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

To apply for this qualification, you must

- have an Australian Year 12 or complete a literacy assessment with CIT to demonstrate a literacy of at least ACSF Level 3 in writing and maths AND
- have a Certificate IV in Visual Arts or relevant experience*

*If you do not have a Certificate IV in Visual Arts, you may be asked to present a portfolio of your work at an interview to demonstrate relevant skills or aptitude for art and design. Your portfolio and the interview process may highlight gaps in your knowledge and skills, in which case, you may be advised to undertake gap training.

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Further Study

Study in this program may contribute to the following degree programs at Australian National University School of Art:
- Bachelor of Visual Arts
- Bachelor of Design Arts
if the ANU program entry requirements are met.

Literacy Skills Information

We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 3 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. See below to check your literacy skills. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level program. Please visit Education and Community or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

Transition Information

Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

Subject Cancellations/Changes

To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Complete all 15

  • CUAACD501  Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
    • CIT Code: ARTS259
      Cost: $270.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use drawing and other visual representation tools to develop, refine and communicate ideas for creative work. The unit focus is on manual drawing development and refinement, and visual representation as cognitive tools in a professional practice, rather than a particular level of drawing technique. It applies to individuals who are professional practitioners working in any area related to visual communication using drawing and other visual representation tools to support their practice. 
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPPR501  Realise a body of creative work
    • CIT Code: ARTS305
      Cost: $252.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to integrate conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create a coherent body of work in any creative form. It applies to individuals who are at the beginning of their professional practice and whose completed work conveys a well developed command of materials, process and technique, and strong conceptual and theoretical development..
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPPR502  Develop own sustainable professional practice
    • CIT Code: ARTS307
      Cost: $70.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish goals for own professional practice and to determine how one’s practice can be developed in a sustainable way, taking account of all aspects of sustainability – individual, social, environmental and economic. It applies to individuals who must consider the sustainability of their practice in any sector or area of expertise.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPPR503  Present a body of own creative work
    • CIT Code: ARTS308
      Cost: $120.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use creative, technical and project management skills to produce a professional and innovative presentation of own creative work. It applies to individuals who maintain an up-to-date presentation package or portfolio of creative work. The presentation or portfolio may be physical or virtual.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPPR505  Establish and maintain safe creative practice
    • CIT Code: ARTS310
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine and respond effectively to broad and specific safety requirements in a professional practice. It applies to individuals who are sole practitioners or working in collaborative teams across all sectors and areas of expertise, who are responsible for managing safety. The practitioner applies a self-directed approach to ensuring safety. The unit could apply to a range of internal and external work environments, including workshops, studios, offices, field locations and performance venues.The unit does not apply to individuals employed by organisations to manage the safety of a practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUARES503  Analyse cultural history and theory
    • CIT Code: ARTS319
      Cost: $150.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research, analyse and debate cultural history and theory, and to use those processes to develop individual approaches to creative work. It applies to individuals working across all cultural sectors. It might also apply to individuals working much more broadly in business and community roles. At this level, the individual mostly works independently, although the research may be guided by others in terms of its scope and objectives.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAACD513  Make mixed media artworks
    • CIT Code: ARTS271
      Cost: $110.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to make artworks that combine the use of different media. Mixed media usually refers to a range of visual media, but it could also involve the integration of non-visual elements, such as sound.  It applies to individuals who work independently and have a well-developed command of techniques in a particular creative form. Individuals may be exploring mixed media for the first time as part of an emerging practice. Work would be undertaken independently with support available as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUADIG509  Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
    • CIT Code: ARTS283
      Cost: $140.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to further application of technologies in own creative practice. It applies to individuals who produce creative digital media work or integrate digital and traditional media. Their technology exploration is conducted independently with mentoring and guidance as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUADRA502  Investigate drawing materials and processes
    • CIT Code: ARTS285
      Cost: $140.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and explore a range of drawing materials and processes to develop an individual professional style. This unit relates to drawing as an art form and differs from units that focus on drawing as a visual representation tool. It applies to highly skilled visual artists who integrate the use of those different materials and processes explored, to realise a body of creative work. They work with a high level of independence seeking mentoring and guidance as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPAI502  Investigate painting materials and processes
    • CIT Code: ARTS294
      Cost: $100.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and explore a range of painting materials and processes to develop an individual professional style. It applies to highly skilled visual artists who integrate the use of those different materials and processes explored, to realise a body of creative work. They work with a high level of independence seeking mentoring and guidance as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPRI502  Investigate printmaking materials and processes
    • CIT Code: ARTS297
      Cost: $160.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and explore a range of printmaking materials and processes to develop an individual professional style. It applies to highly skilled visual artists who integrate the use of those different materials and processes explored, to realise a body of creative work. They work with a high level of independence seeking mentoring and guidance as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUASCU502  Investigate sculptural materials and processes
    • CIT Code: ARTS322
      Cost: $200.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and explore a range of sculptural materials and processes to develop an individual professional style. It applies to highly skilled visual artists who integrate the use of those different materials and processes explored, to realise a body of creative work which usually includes the creation of three-dimensional (3-D) sculptural forms. They work with a high level of independence seeking mentoring and guidance as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • BSBMKG414  Undertake marketing activities
    • CIT Code: MKTG216
      Cost: $100.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan, implement and manage basic marketing and promotional activities. It is a foundation unit covering general and basic marketing and promotional activities that do not require detailed or complex planning or implementation. It applies to people with no previous experience in marketing. It could be undertaken as part of a broader role of a person in a small enterprise, or as part of a marketing plan for a larger enterprise.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAIND502  Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
    • CIT Code: DSGN176
      Cost: $100.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain creative arts industry knowledge, and monitor and manage own professional practice. It applies to individuals with advanced research and analysis skills working as practitioners, administrators or managers. They could be working in the public or private sector in a variety of contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Extending expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
    • CIT Code: ARTS360
      Cost: $160.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to extend own expertise in a specialised art form in order to develop a cohesive body of professional work for the public domain. It involves self-directed research and the independent, highly developed use of specialised materials, processes and techniques. It applies to individuals who work as creative practitioners, producing a professional standard of work that demonstrates a mature engagement with their chosen art form. The unit may be applied to any art form.

      This subject achieves the unit of competency CUAPPR606 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level.

      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Certificate IV Visual Arts CUA41315
Certificate III Design Fundamentals CUA30715

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au