Diploma of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Creative Industries (Visual Arts)
TAFE Queensland - South Bank

Course outline

This diploma course is perfect for individuals seeking self employment or work within the wider creative industries community. This course will also enhance and develop further learning within the broader creative arts field. This course enables students to specialise in core areas of visual culture and professional practice with electives in painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and digital media technology, combining specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills within the creative arts sector. TAFE Queensland’s leading industry experts and specialist educators can provide students with the skills needed to flourish within the competitive creative arts sector. Successful completion of the Diploma of Visual Arts will provide graduates with the skills and attributes appropriate for self employment or other creative occupations within a wide range of arts, government, community or commercial organisations. The degree provides students with an open and supportive studio environment to define and shape your career as a Visual Artist. It begins with hands-on traditional skills and techniques and grounds your understanding of contemporary culture historically and theoretically. It explores contemporary arts interface with digital technologies and expands into cross media, multi-disciplinary visual arts practice. The course has an industry engagement/employment focus and explores different genres of arts practice, art communities, curating, design/commercial opportunities and contemporary visual identities. This degree course will allow you to build your skills and understanding of contemporary art and culture and to develop and maintain a strong practice in the Visual Arts sector. Graduates become practising artists who develop their careers in a wide range of art, design and culturally related fields including gallery exhibitions, arts education, arts administration, curating, exhibition and display design, public art, product design, illustration, and publications.


This combined qualification leads to the awards of the Diploma of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Creative Industries (Visual Arts). The degree is delivered by TAFE Queensland in partnership with the University of Canberra. Applicants offered a place in the diploma who are not eligible for a subsidised enrolment will pay full fee. Fee subsidies and VET Student Loans may be available to eligible applicants for study in the diploma, refer to tafeqld.edu.au/study-with-us/what-it-costs/index.html for information. The degree is a Commonwealth supported place.

Fee notes

For information regarding TAFE Queensland course fees, VET Student Loans, FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP visit tafeqld.edu.au/study-with-us/what-it-costs/index.html or telephone 1300 308 233. For combined TAFE Queensland/university courses, refer to entry under university for higher education component.


Completion of Year 12 or attained Year 12 leaving age; Portfolio

Fixed closing date

QTAC applications for this program close: 2 December 2022 for semester 1, 2023 entry; and 15 May 2023 for semester 2, 2023 entry. To be considered after these dates, interested applicants should contact the relevant TAFE Queensland campus directly on 1300 308 233.

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio submission is separate to the QTAC application. The TAFE Queensland campus will send out official correspondence inviting portfolio submission once the QTAC application has been submitted. Applicants are selected on the basis of their portfolio only. Contact TAFE Queensland on 1300 308 233 for more details regarding the portfolio process.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Career opportunities

Arts professional, visual arts and crafts professional, commercial photographer, printmaker, sculptor, painter (visual arts), milliner, costume jewellery designer, fashion accessories designer, potter or ceramic artist, graphic designer.

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Level of Qualification
Study Area
Creative and Performing Arts
Study Mode
On campus
Course Duration

3 years On campus