Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Certificate IV in Visual Arts
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Visual Arts CUA41315.
  • Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work (CUAPPR405)
  • Produce drawings to communicate ideas (CUAACD301)
  • Explore the use of colour (BSBDES301)
  • Experiment with techniques to produce paintings (CUAPAI401)
  • Develop self as artist (CUAPPR404)
  • Experiment with techniques to produce drawings (CUADRA401)
  • Produce digital images (CUADIG305)
  • Select and prepare creative work for exhibition (CUAPPR407)
  • Communicate effectively with arts professionals (CUAIND403)
  • Research history and theory to inform own arts practice (CUARES403)
  • Document the creative work progress (CUAPPR302)
  • Realise a creative project (CUAPPR401)
  • Contribute to health and safety of self and others (BSBWHS201)
  • Collaborate in a creative process (BSBCRT402)
  • Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture (CUASCU401)
Certificate IV in Visual Arts

<p>CUA41315 Certificate IV in Visual Arts is the national and current qualification for those who want to prepare for skilled work as a visual artist. It is for individuals working at a


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CUA41315 Certificate IV in Visual Arts is the national and current qualification for those who want to prepare for skilled work as a visual artist. It is for individuals working at a pre-professional level who already have foundation skills or have some prior experience in studio practice. Visual Artists require high levels of personal commitment and an ability to work independently. Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of broad and integrated technical and theoretical knowledge and the ability to analyse and use information from a range of sources.

Throughout the course you will gain proficiency with techniques across a range of media and you will be able to apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems. You will discover how research and theory can inform your own practice and style, helping you to gain confidence in building a body of work and planning a career. This studio-based course is designed to extend students' foundation experience and to support the ongoing development of their individual practice. Students ideally will have already completed the BRCC Certificate 3 in Visual Art course, or will have previous creative arts education or industry experience.

Class size will be small (approx. 10) and students will respond to set projects individually and some collaboratively. The course program will be directed by Virginia Reid, who will provide on-going support and mentoring. Course activities include individual studio work, field trips, collaborative projects, gallery visits, visiting artist run workshops, and guest lecturers.

Entry Requirements

  • CUA31115 Certificate III in Visual Arts previously or have prior experience in the field
  • Students must be at least 17 years of age to enrol

Course Duration & Hours

  • Two days a week in class sessions with the tutor: 9.00 am – 4.00pm
  • A third day will be used for exhibitions, self-directed work at the College or additional onsite support from tutors if required
  • Additional: One day of home study and work in individual art projects is also required
  • Held at the Mullumbimby Campus Laneway Studio

Course Fees

  • Full fee: $5,900
  • Concession: $5,700
  • Early Bird: $5,400 (deposit of $750 received by Wednesday 20th December 2017)

Allow approx. $500 for materials throughout the course

You Will Develop and Refine your Skills in

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture (with an emphasis on Fibre)
  • Colour
  • Contemporary studio practice
  • History, Theory and Criticism
  • Creative Art Industries knowledge
  • Documenting your work
  • Creating a digital portfolio
  • Exhibition preparation and management

Your Learning Experience

  • You will be part of a small committed peer group
  • You will be in a program that is carefully crafted and supported by artist and teacher, Virginia Reid.
  • You will benefit from a wide variety of visiting artists who will offer 1 & 2 day workshops.
  • You will complete the year with a deeper knowledge of contemporary practice and the discipline required to build a career in the creative arts.

Student Story

Vanessa Wetherall

Vanessa Wertherall initially undertook the Certificate III in Visual Arts at Byron College. The Certificate IV was the next step for her so she was very excited when the course was offered for the first time in 2017. Vanessa found the college a relaxed environment which made it easier for to learn and be immerse in her art. In particular, she enjoyed the field trips to the river and art galleries and learning skills such as basket weaving.

The biggest challenge of the course for Vanessa was drawing, acknowledging she struggled with it a lot. However, she appreciates that there was always guidance with no judgement when she needed it. Head tutor Virginia was always supportive and offered good advice, as did all the other fantastic tutors.

What Vanessa have found most rewarding was seeing her completed paintings. "There are steps you go through before you even start a painting, such as deciding your design, placement and colours etc. So when you eventually complete your painting there is a real feeling of satisfaction. I completed a series of paintings that originated from my life drawings, and I just loved seeing the process of them developing out of drawings and turning into a large series of paintings."

To anyone considering undertaking the course, Vanessa says "I would highly recommend it. It definitely improves your skills and knowledge and you end up being surprised by what you can do with a little guidance from a professional."

Student Policies and Procedures

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From the 1st of January 2015, any student enrolling in an Accredited Training course will be required to obtain a USI. The USI helps to keep your training records and results together in an online account which is controlled by you. You can logon to the USI website and follow the simple instructions online to create your USI. This then needs to be provided to the College at the time of enrolment.

Important Information

Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt and inform you of the dates, time and venue of your course, it will also let you know of anything you need to take to class with you. Please make sure that you give us a valid email address and mobile number as any course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

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