Certificate I in Visual Arts

This qualification allows learners to develop basic knowledge and skills to prepare for work in the visual arts, craft and broader creative industries. It is suitable for delivery in schools and local communities. There are no direct job outcomes from this qualification.


Total number of units = 6

3 core units plus

3 elective units

The elective units consist of:

up to 3 from the list of elective units below

up to 3 from Certificate I or II in any currently endorsed Training Package

1 may be from an accredited course at Certificate I or II.

The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.

Core units

add topic BSBOHS201A Participate in OHS processes

add topic CUVACD101A Use basic drawing techniques

add topic CUVPRP101A Use ideas and techniques for creative work

Elective units

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural arts

add topic CULMS001B Work with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural material

add topic CUVATS101A Develop understanding of own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity

add topic LMTFD2004B Work within an indigenous cultural framework


add topic BSBCMM101A Apply basic communication skills

Creative thinking

add topic BSBCRT101A Apply critical thinking techniques

Information technology

add topic BSBITU101A Operate a personal computer

add topic BSBITU102A Develop keyboard skills

add topic BSBITU201A Produce simple word processed documents

add topic BSBITU203A Communicate electronically

add topic ICAICT103A Use, communicate and search securely on the internet

add topic ICAICT104A Use digital devices

Visual communication

add topic LMFCR0003B Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic LMFGG2001B Use glass and glazing sector hand and power tools

add topic LMFPF1001B Frame a simple artwork

add topic LMFPF2007B Assemble artwork package (basic)

add topic LMTCL2003B Identify fibres and fabrics

add topic LMTFD2001B Design and produce a simple garment

add topic LMTFD2002B * Apply printing techniques to produce indigenous textile designs

add topic LMTFD2003B * Apply dyeing techniques to produce indigenous textile designs

add topic MSAPCII296A Make a small furniture item from timber

add topic MSAPCII297A Make an object from cloth using an existing pattern

add topic MSAPCII298A Make an object from metal

add topic MSAPCII299A Make an object from plastic

Workplace effectiveness

add topic BSBWOR202A Organise and complete daily work activities

add topic BSBWOR204A Use business technology

*Note the following prerequisite unit requirement.

Unit code and title

Prerequisite unit required

add topic LMTFD2002B Apply printing techniques to produce indigenous textile designs

add topic LMTCL2003B Identify fibres and fabrics

add topic LMTFD2003B Apply dyeing techniques to produce indigenous textile designs

add topic LMTCL2003B Identify fibres and fabrics

Selecting electives for different outcomes

The following examples are designed to assist in the selection of appropriate electives for particular outcomes at this level, but are in no way prescriptive.

Learner developing general art-making skills

Core units plus:

add topic CUVDIG201A Develop digital imaging skills

add topic CUVDRA201A Develop drawing skills

add topic CUVPAI201A Develop painting skills

Learner developing woodworking skills

Core units plus:

add topic CUVWOO201A Develop woodworking skills

add topic MEM18001C Use hand tools

add topic MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations


    Pathways into the qualification

    People may enter this qualification with limited or no vocational experience and without a relevant lower level qualification.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, people could progress to a wide range of other qualifications in visual arts and craft, or the creative industries more broadly.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the visual arts, craft and design industries for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification


passing on key safety information to colleagues

communicating effectively with people from a range of cultural backgrounds

presenting information in a way that is useful for the purpose intended


checking safety procedures with relevant people

seeking feedback from colleagues


identifying safety issues and reporting them to appropriate person

identifying technical problems in creative work

Initiative and enterprise

collecting information to develop an idea for own work

Planning and organising

organising work tasks to ensure safety


following workplace procedures, particularly in relation to OHS

maintaining personal safety standards


improving art skills through practice


using the internet to source information

using a range of tools and equipment to produce art works, including computer applications