Certificate III in Visual Arts

This qualification enables learners to use a range of skills and techniques to produce art and craft works. They have the ability to select, adapt and transfer skills to different situations. Job outcomes are limited at this level.


Total number of units = 12

4 core units plus

8 elective units

The elective units consist of:

4 from Group A

of the remaining 4 units:

up to 4 may be from Group A and/or Group B

up to 4 may be from Certificate II or above in any currently endorsed Training Package

up to 2 may be from an accredited course at Certificate II, III or IV.

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 CUVACD201A Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas

add topic CUVPRP301A Produce creative work

add topic CUVRES301A Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice

Elective units

Group A

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural arts

add topic CUVATS301A Develop and apply knowledge of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural arts

add topic CUVATS302A Produce work that expresses own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity

Art, craft and design

add topic CUVACD301A Produce drawings to communicate ideas

add topic CUVACD302A Produce computer-aided drawings

add topic CUVACD303A Produce technical drawings

add topic CUVACD304A Make scale models

Creative thinking

add topic BSBCRT101A Apply critical thinking techniques

add topic BSBCRT301A Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills


add topic BSBDES201A Follow a design process

add topic BSBDES202A Evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry context

add topic BSBDES301A Explore the use of colour

add topic BSBDES302A Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

add topic BSBDES303A Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

add topic BSBDES304A Source and apply design industry knowledge

add topic BSBDES305A Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

General administration

add topic CUVPRP406A Plan work space

Industry capability

add topic CUAIND301A Work effectively in the creative arts industry

add topic CUSIND302A Plan a career in the creative arts industry

Professional practice

add topic CUVPRP302A Document the work progress

add topic CUVPRP303A Select and prepare creative work for exhibition

add topic CUVPRP304A Participate in collaborative creative projects

Visual communication

add topic CUFANM302A Create 3D digital animations

add topic CUFANM303A Create 3D digital models

add topic CUFDIG302A Author interactive sequences

add topic CUFDIG303A Produce and prepare photo images

add topic CUFDIG304A Create visual design components

add topic CUVCAL301A Produce calligraphy

add topic CUVCER301A Produce ceramics

add topic CUVDIG301A Produce digital images

add topic CUVDIG302A Produce video art

add topic CUVDRA301A Produce drawings

add topic CUVGLA201A Develop glassworking skills

add topic CUVGLA301A Produce glasswork

add topic CUVPAI301A Produce paintings

add topic CUVPHI302A Capture photographic images

add topic CUVPHI304A Process colour materials in a wet darkroom context

add topic CUVPHI305A Use wet darkroom techniques to produce monochrome photographs

add topic CUVPRI301A Produce prints

add topic CUVSCU301A Produce sculpture

add topic CUVTEX301A Produce textile work

add topic CUVWOO301A Produce wood objects

add topic LMFGG3007B Form glass

add topic LMFGG3008B Apply patterns and designs to glass

add topic LMFSL3002A Paint glass

add topic LMFSL3003A Fire glass

add topic LMTTD4005A Produce screen printed textiles

add topic LMTTD4007A Analyse textile design influences

add topic LMTTD4010A Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

add topic LMTTD4012A * Analyse use of colour in textiles

add topic MSAPCII295A Operate manufacturing equipment

add topic MSATCM305A Demonstrate basic knowledge of casting operations

add topic PMBPREP206C Prepare materials to formulae

add topic PMBPREP301C Set up and prepare for production

add topic PMBPROD330A Make moulds for formed products

add topic PMBPROD356C Construct moulds for composite products

add topic PMBPROD358C Develop patterns

add topic PMC552002C Operate equipment to blend/mix materials

add topic PMC552004C Prepare for production

add topic PMC552005C Process greenware/green products

add topic PMC552020C Operate slip casting equipment

add topic PMC552021C Operate manual glazing equipment

add topic PMC552023C Finish products after firing

add topic PMC552024C Hand mould products

add topic PMC552030C Operate a firing kiln

add topic PMC553020C Prepare moulds and dies

add topic PMC554090B Undertake simple refractory design

*Note the following prerequisite unit requirement.

Unit code and title

Prerequisite unit required

add topic LMTTD4012A Analyse use of colour in textiles

add topic LMTCL2003B Identify fibres and fabrics

add topic LMTTD4013A Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

Group B

Copyright and IP

add topic CUFCMP301A Implement copyright arrangements


add topic BSBDIV301A Work effectively with diversity

General administration

add topic BSBADM311A Maintain business resources

add topic BSBWOR204A Use business technology

Financial administration

add topic BSBFIA301A Maintain financial records


add topic BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment

Information technology

add topic ICAICT203A Operate application software packages

add topic ICAICT204A Operate a digital media technology package

add topic ICAICT308A Use advanced features of computer applications

Micro business

add topic BSBSMB201A Identify suitability for micro business

add topic BSBSMB301A Investigate micro business opportunities


add topic BSBSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Workplace effectiveness

add topic BSBWOR301A Organise personal work priorities and development

add topic CUECOR01C Manage own work and learning

add topic CUECOR02C Work with others


add topic BSBWRT301A Write simple documents

add topic CUFWRT301A Write content for a range of media

add topic CUFWRT302A Write simple stories

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 skills to support community theatre work

Core units plus:

add topic BSBDES201A Follow a design process

add topic BSBDES301A Explore the use of colour

add topic CUESCE05B Apply a general knowledge of scenic art

add topic CUESCE06B Use scenic art painting techniques

add topic CUFSCE201A Prepare and prime scenic art cloths

add topic CUVPAI301A Produce paintings

add topic CUVPRP302A Document the work progress

add topic CUVPRP304A Participate in collaborative creative projects


    Pathways into the qualification

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

    Pathways from the qualification

    This qualification prepares people for the higher-level learning that supports professional art practice.

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

presenting ideas to others

communicating ideas through creative work


checking safety procedures with other team members

discussing ideas and work issues with colleagues


identifying safety issues and reporting them to appropriate person

refining ideas to incorporate feedback from others

adjusting techniques to achieve a particular effect

Initiative and enterprise

developing several possible ways of communicating an idea

producing a range of ideas in response to a brief

Planning and organising

collecting and analysing information to develop ideas

organising the presentation of a concept to others

organising work tasks to ensure safety

preparing and maintaining documentation

identifying techniques and processes required to produce art works


following workplace procedures, particularly in relation to OHS

maintaining personal safety standards

challenging one’s own ideas and approaches


evaluating information gained from research and integrating ideas into the development of own work

using practice, feedback and evaluation opportunities to continuously improve skills and knowledge

improving skills through experimentation with materials and techniques


using the internet for research

using tools and equipment to produce creative work