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CUA41320 Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Next intake To be advised
DurationFull-time: 12 months

Course description

Explore your artistic talents in a supportive friendly environment, and by the end of it, have a qualification to join a thriving artistic community.

Led by practising, experienced artists, who will teach you a wide range of skills that go way beyond just painting on a canvas, you will learn how to:

  • How to apply and refine artistic concepts
  • Seek inspiration, come up with ideas, and express these as artworks
  • Become practical and sharpen your artistic vision
  • How to verbally describe your work
  • Ways to buy and sell artwork
  • Understanding what makes an artwork of value
  • Pricing artwork
  • Curating and putting together collections of artwork

Channel your artistic gifts into a meaningful and fulfilling course and apply today.

Possible career outcomes

  • Studio/craft artist
  • Community arts officer
  • Art gallery/museum assistant

Applications & attendance

Applications for this course are not currently open.

Please contact customer service on 52250538 during business hours to discuss upcoming intake dates.

Please contact Customer Service on 5225 0800 to discuss upcoming intakes.


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Apply work health and safety practices CUAWHS312 30
Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work CUAPPR415 70
Develop self as artist CUAPPR414 60
Produce drawings to communicate ideas CUAACD311 90
Realise a creative project CUAPPR411 90
Research history and theory to inform own arts practice CUARES403 70
Elective Units Code Hours
Experiment with printing techniques CUAPRI411 50
Experiment with techniques to produce drawings CUADRA401 50
Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery CUAJWL401 50
Experiment with techniques to produce paintings CUAPAI411 50
Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture CUASCU411 50
Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms CUADES302 60
Explore the use of colour CUADES301 50
Produce innovative digital images CUADIG415 70
Store finished creative work CUAPPR203 30


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $1.03 per hour 870 AUD $896.00 AUD $7,120.00
Standard Tuition AUD $5.15 per hour 870 AUD $4,480.00 AUD $7,120.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $13.50 per hour 870 AUD $11,745.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $860.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $130.50


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 4/04/2024 6:00:32 PM