Diploma of Visual Arts
TAFE Queensland - South Bank

Course outline

This 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.


Applicants offered a place in this course who are not eligible for a subsidised enrolment will pay full fee. Fee subsidies and VET Student Loans may be available to eligible applicants, refer to tafeqld.edu.au/study-with-us/what-it-costs/index.html for more information.

Combined diploma/degrees

The Diploma of Visual Arts can be combined with other programs as listed below to attain the awards of Diploma of Visual Arts from TAFE Queensland and the relevant degree from the university. Students undertake initial study at TAFE Queensland and complete the degree at the relevant university. Duration, location, mode of study, semester intake, electives and specialisations may vary. All mandatory university admission and English language requirements must be met before university enrolment is finalised. For more information contact the relevant university. Note: TAFE Queensland students making transition to the degree may need to wait six months to start with the semester one university intake.

To apply for a combined diploma/degree, applicants must select the Diploma of Visual Arts for the relevant TAFE Queensland location on their application and nominate their preferred degree/university (one only). Applicants can list the stand alone diploma or the combined program but not both. Listing more than one is not needed because they have the same eligibility and ATAR/rank requirements.

D Visual Arts/B Visual Art:

555016 South Banks/University of Southern Queensland (1C & 2F or 4P)

Combined program

UniSQ – B Visual Art

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: 6 December 2024 for semester 1, 2025 entry; and 12 May 2025 for semester 2, 2025 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 relevant 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.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.

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, 2024

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.


Contact the institution for information.

Career opportunities

Woodwork designer, printmaker, commercial textile designer, ceramic artist, visual artist, illustrator, photographer, painter (visual arts), sculptor, digital artist, glasswork artist.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds

9 Jan 2025
5 Jun 2025


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

1 year On campus