Certificate IV in Visual Arts



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Certificate IV in Visual Arts


Classroom – Study | Online | RPL | Credit Transfer

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This qualification highlights the function of individuals who are just beginning to establish their unique artistic voice and technique command in a variety of art disciplines. It is applicable to work in various visual arts, craft, and design environments. This level of practice is supported by the use of wide and integrated technical and theoretical knowledge, as well as the capacity to analyze and use information from a variety of sources. These folks hold a range of well-designed specialized customer and service skills where description and judgment is needed and are accountable for their own work outputs.

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Why Study the CUA41320 Certificate IV in Visual Arts?

This program is meticulously crafted to provide you with real-world skills and knowledge, ensuring that you become highly skilled and ready to meet industry benchmarks. By completing this program, you will gain the essential skills necessary for immediate application in the artistic field while fostering diverse and creative thinking. Developed by industry specialists and endorsed by sector bodies, the CUA41320 – Certificate IV in Visual Arts program guarantees that you possess the practical knowledge required to excel in modest, medium, or large organizations across the industry. With this qualification, you can confidently hit the ground running and make a lasting impact in the art and craft sector. In today’s competitive job market, relying solely on experience is no longer efficient. Potential employers seek individuals who can demonstrate their professional proficiency through current formal qualifications. By obtaining the CUA41320 Certificate IV in Visual Arts, you not only showcase your practical skills but also provide tangible evidence of your expertise and dedication to the field.
This nationally recognized qualification allows you to broaden your existing technical skills and understanding of the visual arts across a variety of mediums and art forms. The course will be presented in the form of a series of thematic ‘projects,’ in which you will acquire hands-on experience investigating themes, exploring and developing ideas, and experimenting with a variety of techniques to create your own artwork/s.
You should give a scope of proof to help your assessor to settle on a choice about your ability. The sorts of proof you might be approached to give can include:
  • Résumé
  • ID
  • Evidence of overseas qualifications.
  • Transcripts or assessments from related previous qualifications.
  • Payslips/work contract/ABN if self employed
  • Letter of Employment
  • Current employment contracts
  • Videos or photos of your work.
For a student, it is crucial to know the occupation he/she will be eligible for, once they finish a qualification successfully. If you complete this qualification, you will be able to work with this role.
  • Artist
  • Visual Artist
  • Arts Practitioner
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Studio Artist
  • Ceramic Artist.

Total number of units = 15

6 core units  plus

9 elective units,  of which:

  • 4 must be from Group A
  • 3 must be from Group A and/or Group B
  • 2 may be from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the overall integrity of the AQF alignment, not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification, and contribute to a valid industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core units
CUAACD311 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
CUAPPR411 Realise a creative project
CUAPPR414 Develop self as artist
CUAPPR415 Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work
CUARES403 Research history and theory to inform own arts practice
CUAWHS312 Apply work health and safety practices
Elective units
Group A
BSBCRT411 Apply critical thinking to work practices
BSBCRT412 Articulate, present and debate ideas
BSBCRT413 Collaborate in creative processes
BSBCRT403 Explore the history and social impact of creativity
CUAACD312 Produce computer-aided drawings
CUAACD313 Produce technical drawings
CUAACD314 Make scale models
CUAACD411 Integrate colour theory and design processes
CUAACD412 Experiment with moulding and casting techniques
CUAANM313 Create 3D digital models
CUACAL411 Experiment with techniques to produce calligraphy
CUACER411 Experiment with techniques to produce ceramic works
CUACER412 Experiment with throwing techniques
CUACER413 Experiment with ceramic surface treatments
CUADES301 Explore the use of colour
CUADES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
CUADES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
CUADES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge
CUADES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
CUADES411 Generate design solutions
CUADES412 Interpret and respond to a design brief
CUADES413 Develop and extend design skills and practice
CUADES421 Research and apply techniques for the design of wearable objects
CUADES422 Research and apply techniques in product design
CUADIG401 Author interactive media
CUADIG412 Design user interfaces
CUADIG413 Create user interfaces
CUADIG415 Produce innovative digital images
CUADIG416 Produce innovative video art
CUADRA401 Experiment with techniques to produce drawings
CUAGLA401 Experiment with techniques to produce glasswork
CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative work
CUAIND411 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
CUAJWL401 Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery
CUAPAI411 Experiment with techniques to produce paintings
CUAPER401 Experiment with techniques to produce performance art
CUAPHI305 Use wet darkroom techniques to produce monochrome photographs
CUAPHI312 Capture photographic images
CUAPHI313 Process photo images
CUAPHI314 Process colour materials in a wet darkroom context
CUAPHI316 Capture images using drone technology
CUAPHI411 Capture images in response to a brief
CUAPHI412 Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
CUAPPR312 Document the creative work progress
CUAPPR314 Participate in collaborative creative projects
CUAPPR402 Select sites for creative projects and plan work
CUAPPR403 Store and maintain finished creative work
CUAPPR406 Plan work space
CUAPPR408 Integrate disability access and inclusion
CUAPPR417 Select and prepare creative work for exhibition
CUAPRI411 Experiment with printing techniques
CUASCU411 Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture
CUATEX401 Experiment with techniques to produce textile work
CUAPUA511 Create works of art for public spaces
CUAWOO401 Experiment with techniques to produce wood objects
MSFDG3003 Paint and fire glass
MSTTD4005 Produce screen printed textiles
MSTTD4007 Analyse textile design influences
MSTTD4010 Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples
MSTTD4002 Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing
MSFFM4001 Hand carve wood to custom design
MSFGG3024 Form glass
MSMPMC308 Operate slip casting equipment
MSMPMC310 Hand mould products
Group B
BSBSTR301 Contribute to continuous improvement
BSBSTR401 Promote innovation in team environments
BSBLDR413 Lead effective workplace relationships
BSBMKG440 Apply marketing communication across a convergent industry
BSBMKG439 Develop and apply knowledge of communications industry
BSBMKG437 Create and optimise digital media
BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities
BSBESB302 Develop and present business proposals
BSBESB303 Organise finances for new business ventures
BSBESB304 Determine resource requirements for new business ventures
BSBESB305 Address compliance requirements for new business ventures
BSBSUS411 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities
BSBPEF401 Manage personal health and wellbeing
BSBPEF402 Develop personal work priorities
BSBWRT311 Write simple documents
CUABRT415 Provide technical support during virtual and hybrid events
CUACMP311 Implement copyright arrangements
CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements
CUAEVP413 Install and dismantle exhibition elements
CUAFIM411 Obtain revenue to support operations
CUAIND311 Work effectively in the creative arts industry
CUAIND314 Plan a career in the creative arts industry
CUAIND412 Provide freelance services
CUAIND413 Communicate effectively with arts professionals
CUAMWB403 Prepare to work with confronting material and processes in the creative industries
CUARES412 Conduct research

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