Qualification details

CUA51115 - Diploma of Visual Arts (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by CUA51120 - Diploma of Visual Arts 15/Apr/2021
Supersedes and is equivalent to CUV50111 - Diploma of Visual ArtsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Clarification of packaging rules.Bank of imported jewellery units and some imported textile and furniture units removed. Unit codes updated. 14/Jan/2016

ReleaseRelease date
3 (this release) 21/Feb/2019
(View details for release 2) 20/Dec/2018
(View details for release 1) 15/Jan/2016

Units of competency

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CUAACD508 - Refine model making skillsRefine model making skillsElective
BSBSMB409 - Build and maintain relationships with small business stakeholdersBuild and maintain relationships with small business stakeholdersElective
TAEDEL401A - Plan, organise and deliver group-based learningPlan, organise and deliver group-based learningElective
CUAWOO502 - Investigate woodworking materials and processesInvestigate woodworking materials and processesElective
BSBMKG501 - Identify and evaluate marketing opportunitiesIdentify and evaluate marketing opportunitiesElective
CUACMP511 - Manage copyright arrangementsManage copyright arrangementsElective
CUAACD515 - Manage specialised finishing processesManage specialised finishing processesElective
CUAIND402 - Provide freelance servicesProvide freelance servicesElective
CUACER402 - Experiment with throwing techniquesExperiment with throwing techniquesElective
CUAILL501 - Develop professional illustrationsDevelop professional illustrationsElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 211400 Visual Arts And Crafts Professionals 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1003 Visual Arts And Crafts 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Visual Arts and Craft 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Printmaker,Photographer,Illustrator 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 211400 Visual Arts And Crafts Professionals 24/Jun/2016 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1003 Visual Arts And Crafts 24/Jun/2016 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 15/Jan/2016 
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Modification History



Release 3

This qualification was released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package Version 4.1. Minor edit to unit grid.

Release 2

This qualification was released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package Version 4.0.

Release 1

This qualification first released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package Version 2.0.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms. Mediums may include ceramics, drawing and illustration, painting, photomedia, printmaking, public art, sculpture, textile design, wood design, digital art and glasswork.

Practice at this level is underpinned by application of arts theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Discourse around complex ideas is also required.

Visual artists may work in their own practice, or in a wide range of contexts across the arts, government, community or commercial organisations.

Licensing/Regulatory Information 

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Entry Requirements

To enter this qualification, individuals must have the technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in selected medium.

Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or through formal study.

Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 15 

6 core units  plus

9 elective units  of which

  • 3 units must be selected from Group A
  • 2 units must be selected from Group B
  • 4 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid vocational outcome.

Core units 

CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work

CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice

CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work

CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice

CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory

Elective units 

Group A  

BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas

BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process

BSBCRT403 Explore the history and social impact of creativity

BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts

BSBDES401 Generate design solutions

BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief

BSBDES501 Implement design solutions

BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

CUAACD402 Experiment with moulding and casting techniques

CUAACD502 Create observational drawings

CUAACD503 Select and refine a specialised drawing technique

CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour

CUAACD505 Work with the human form in creative practice

CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes

CUAACD507 Refine 3-D design ideas and processes

CUAACD508 Refine model making skills

CUAACD509 Develop and refine metalworking techniques

CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice

CUAACD513 Make mixed media artworks

CUAACD514 Refine carving techniques for creative work

CUAACD515 Manage specialised finishing processes

CUACER402 Experiment with throwing techniques

CUACER501 Refine ceramics techniques

CUACER502 Investigate ceramic materials and processes

CUACER503 Refine throwing techniques

CUACER505 Develop and apply ceramic glazes

CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques

CUADIG509 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art

CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques

CUADRA502 Investigate drawing materials and processes

CUAGLA501 Refine glassworking techniques

CUAGLA502 Investigate glassworking materials and processes

CUAGLA503 Refine kiln cast glass techniques

CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative work

CUAILL501 Develop professional illustrations

CUAILL502 Refine illustration techniques

CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields

CUAJWL401 Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery

CUAPAI501 Refine painting techniques

CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes

CUAPHI501 Apply visual communication theories to photo imaging practice

CUAPHI503 Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting

CUAPHI509 Plan and produce visual art photo images

CUAPPR402 Select sites for creative projects and plan work

CUAPPR606 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level

CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques

CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes

CUAPUA501 Create works of art for public spaces

CUASCU501 Refine sculptural techniques

CUASCU502 Investigate sculptural materials and processes

CUATEX501 Refine techniques for textile work

CUATEX502 Investigate materials and processes for textile work

CUAWOO501 Refine woodworking techniques

CUAWOO502 Investigate woodworking materials and processes

LMTCL2003B Identify fibres and fabrics

LMTTD4004A Produce woven tapestry samples

LMTTD4005A Produce screen printed textiles

LMTTD4010A Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

LMTTD4013A Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

LMTTD5004A Design and produce experimental textiles

MEM19030A Research and design sustainable objects

MSFFM4001 Hand carve wood to custom design

MSFSL5005 Apply innovation in contemporary leadlight and stained glass

Group B 

BSBCMM401 Make a presentation

BSBINN501 Establish systems that support innovation

BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment

BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright

BSBIPR404 Protect and use innovative designs

BSBIPR405 Protect and use intangible assets in small business

BSBIPR501 Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business

BSBLIB504 Develop exhibition concepts

BSBMKG414 Undertake marketing activities

BSBMKG501 Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities

BSBMKG524 Design effective user experiences

BSBMKG525 Design effective web search responses

BSBMKG526 Develop strategies to monitise digital engagement

BSBMKG527 Plan social media engagement

BSBPMG522 Undertake project work

BSBSMB306 Plan a home based business

BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

BSBSMB402 Plan small business finances

BSBSMB403 Market the small business

BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning

BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations

BSBSMB406 Manage small business finances

BSBSMB408 Manage personal, family, cultural and business obligations

BSBSMB409 Build and maintain relationships with small business stakeholders

BSBSMB413 Design a digital action plan for small business

BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development

BSBWRT401 Write complex documents

CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements

CUAEVP403 Install and dismantle exhibition elements

CUAFIM401 Obtain revenue to support operations

CUAFIM501 Source funding for projects

CUAIND402 Provide freelance services

CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

CUAPPR406 Plan work space

CUAPPR504 Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice

CUAPRE401 Implement preventive conservation activities

CUARES402 Conduct research

CUARES502 Critique cultural works

FSKNUM23 Estimate, measure and calculate measurements for work

LMTGN3003B Estimate and cost job

SITXICT401 Build and launch a small business website

TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction

TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

Qualification Mapping Information

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Equivalence status 

CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts (Release 3)

CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts (Release 2)

Minor edit to unit grid.

Equivalent qualification


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