Qualification details

CUA51215 - Diploma of Ceramics (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to CUV50211 - Diploma of CeramicsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Packaging rules clarified. Unit codes updated. 14/Jan/2016

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 20/Dec/2018
(View details for release 1) 15/Jan/2016

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleEssentialSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Essential column
BSBCRT401 - Articulate, present and debate ideasArticulate, present and debate ideasElective
BSBCRT402 - Collaborate in a creative processCollaborate in a creative processElective
BSBCRT403 - Explore the history and social impact of creativityExplore the history and social impact of creativityElective
BSBCRT501 - Originate and develop conceptsOriginate and develop conceptsElective
BSBDES401 - Generate design solutionsGenerate design solutionsCore
BSBDES402 - Interpret and respond to a design briefInterpret and respond to a design briefElective
BSBDES501 - Implement design solutionsImplement design solutionsElective
BSBDES502 - Establish, negotiate and refine a design briefEstablish, negotiate and refine a design briefElective
BSBEBU502 - Implement e-business solutionsImplement e-business solutionsElective
BSBINN501 - Establish systems that support innovationEstablish systems that support innovationElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 211412 Potter Or Ceramic Artist 
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 Ceramic Artist 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 211412 Potter Or Ceramic Artist 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 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 ceramicists who combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to develop their own ceramics practice. They are able to plan, design and reaslise a body of ceramic work using in-depth skills specifici to ceramics technologies, materials and processes.

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.

Ceramicists may work in their own practice, or in organisations that design and produce ceramic objects, such as specialist tile manufacturers or makers of landscape and gardening items. The purpose of the work may be artisitic or functional. Ceramic artists often teach in a range of community contexts.

Licensing/Regulatory Information  

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

Entry Requirements


Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 20 

11 core units  plus

9 elective units  of which

  • 2 units must be selected from Group A
  • 2 units must be selected from Group B
  • 5 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 

BSBDES401 Generate design solutions

CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

CUAACD510 Manage kiln operations

CUAACD511 Make moulds and casts

CUACER403 Experiment with ceramic surface treatments

CUACER504 Refine handbuilding techniques

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

BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief

BSBDES501 Implement design solutions

BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings

CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings

CUAACD502 Create observational drawings

CUAACD503 Select and refine a specialised drawing technique

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

CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice

CUAACD514 Refine carving techniques for creative work

CUAACD515 Manage specialised finishing processes

CUACER401 Experiment with techniques to produce ceramics

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

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

CUAPUA501 Create works of art for public spaces

CUASCU502 Investigate sculptural materials and processes

Group B 

BSBEBU502 Implement e-business solutions

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

BSBPMG522 Undertake project work

BSBSMB301 Investigate micro business opportunities

BSBSMB302 Develop a micro business proposal

BSBSMB303 Organise finances for the micro business

BSBSMB304 Determine resource requirements for the micro business

BSBSMB305 Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business

BSBSMB306 Plan a home based business

BSBSMB307 Set up information and communications technology for the micro 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

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

CUARES402 Conduct research

CUARES502 Critique cultural works

FSKNUM23 Estimate, measure and calculate measurements for work

LMTGN3003B Estimate and cost a 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 

CUA51215 Diploma of Ceramics (Release 2)

CUA51215 Diploma of Ceramics (Release 1)

Unit codes updated.

Equivalent qualification


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