Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

This qualification reflects the role of independent professional visual arts practitioners who have a command of wide-ranging, highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills and knowledge. These skills allow practitioners to extend and refine their practice to a point where they are able to originate, realise and exhibit a substantial body of resolved work that expresses their individual creative vision. The ability to engage in critical discourse and debate about one’s own work and the work of others is underpinned by a mature engagement with a range of theoretical concepts and historical perspectives.

Visual artists work in a wide range of contexts across the arts and other industries. They are often sole practitioners but may also hold positions in government or commercial organisations, bringing the visual arts perspective to areas such as business, community services and science. At this level, they may also teach art in a range of different community contexts.

Independent artists work within and across many media, and their practice may incorporate ceramics, digital art, glasswork, drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, photomedia, printmaking, public art, sculpture, textiles or wood design. They may also be involved in installation and public art work. More broadly, visual artists often teach in a range of community settings.


Total number of units = 12

7 core units plus

5 elective units

The elective units consist of:

2 units from Group A

1 unit from Group B or Group C

of the remaining 2 units:

up to 2 may be from Group A, Group B and/or Group C

up to 2 may be from a Diploma or above in any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

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

Core units

add topic BSBCRT601A Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity

add topic CUVPRP505A Establish and maintain safe professional practice

add topic CUVACD601A Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools

add topic CUVPRP601A Originate a body of independent creative work

add topic CUVPRP603A Engage in the business of creative practice

add topic CUVPRP604A Publicly present a body of own creative work

add topic CUVRES601A Extend cultural research expertise

Elective units

Group A

Art, craft and design

add topic CUVACD602A Extend professional expertise across new art forms and media


add topic CUVDES601B Design innovative products

Professional practice

add topic CUVPRP602A Collaborate in professional creative projects

add topic CUVPRP605A Evolve ideas for professional creative work

add topic CUVPRP606A Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level

Group B

Art, craft and design

add topic CUVACD502A Create observational drawings

add topic CUVACD503A Select and refine a specialised drawing technique

add topic CUVACD504A Research and apply light and colour

add topic CUVACD505A Work with the human form in creative practice

add topic CUVACD506A Refine 2-D design ideas and processes

add topic CUVACD507A Refine 3-D design ideas and processes

add topic CUVACD508A Refine model making skills

add topic CUVACD509A Develop and refine metal-working techniques

add topic CUVACD510A Manage kiln operations

add topic CUVACD511A Make moulds and casts

add topic CUVACD512A Work with photomedia in creative practice

add topic CUVACD513A Make mixed media artworks

add topic CUVACD514A Refine carving techniques for creative work

add topic CUVACD515A Manage specialised finishing processes

Creative thinking

add topic BSBCRT501A Originate and develop concepts


add topic BSBDES501A Implement design solutions

add topic BSBDES502A Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

add topic BSBDES601A Manage design realisation

add topic BSBDES602A Research global design trends

add topic BSBDES701A Research and apply design theory

Visual communication

add topic CUVCER501A Refine ceramics techniques

add topic CUVCER503A Refine throwing techniques

add topic CUVCER504A Refine handbuilding techniques

add topic CUVCER505A Develop and apply ceramic glazes

add topic CUVDIG501A Refine digital art techniques

add topic CUVDRA501A Refine drawing techniques

add topic CUVGLA501A Refine glassworking techniques

add topic CUVGLA503A Refine kiln cast glass techniques

add topic CUVILL501A Develop professional illustrations

add topic CUVILL502A Refine illustration techniques

add topic CUVINS601A Realise an installation work

add topic CUVPAI501A Refine painting techniques

add topic CUVPHI516A Research the role and use of the photo image in visual communication

add topic CUVPHI518A Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting

add topic CUVPHI525A Plan, capture and exploit visual art photo images

add topic CUVPHI531A Investigate and refine alternative approaches to photomedia

add topic CUVPRI501A Refine printmaking techniques

add topic CUVPUA501A Create works of art for public spaces

add topic CUVPUA601A Realise a public art project

add topic CUVSCU501A Refine sculptural techniques

add topic LMFFDT5005A Construct custom furniture using advanced techniques

add topic LMTTD5002A Design and produce woven tapestry products

add topic LMTTD5004A Design and produce experimental textiles

add topic LMTTD5005A Design and produce printed textiles

add topic LMTTD5007A Develop textile designs using computer based design programs

add topic LMTTD6001A Research commercial development of textiles

add topic LMTTD6004A Create and produce textile designs for commercial production

add topic MEM19038A Apply traditional techniques to jewellery and 3D object production

add topic MEM19039A Plan, conduct and supervise a jewellery and object exhibition

add topic MEM19043A Oversee jewellery or object design production

Group C


add topic BSBREL701A Develop and cultivate collaborative partnerships and relationships

Copyright and IP

add topic BSBIPR501A Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business

add topic CUFCMP501A Manage and exploit copyright arrangements


add topic SITXICT001A Build and launch a website for a small business

Financial management

add topic CUSFIM501A Secure funding for projects


add topic BSBINN501A Establish systems that support innovation

add topic BSBINN502A Build and sustain an innovative work environment

Project management

add topic BSBPMG510A Manage projects


add topic CUVRES501A Critique cultural works

Small and micro business

add topic BSBSMB401A Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

add topic BSBSMB402A Plan small business finances

add topic BSBSMB403A Market the small business

add topic BSBSMB404A Undertake small business planning

add topic BSBSMB405A Monitor and manage small business operations

add topic BSBSMB406A Manage small business finances

add topic BSBSMB408B Manage personal, family, cultural and business obligations


add topic BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

add topic CUVPRP504A Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice


add topic TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning


add topic BSBWRT401A Write complex documents

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.

Artist specialising in any creative form

Core units plus:

add topic BSBIPR501A Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business

add topic CUSFIM501A Secure funding for projects

add topic CUVPRP602A Collaborate in professional creative projects

add topic CUVPRP605A Evolve ideas for professional creative work

add topic CUVPRP606A Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level


    Pathways into the qualification

    People entering this qualification will have well-developed artistic skills and knowledge which may have been achieved through experience in a creative field or through formal study. It is recommended that people possess CUV50111 Diploma of Visual Arts or a diploma qualification in a related field.

    Pathways from the qualification

    This qualification prepares people for independent practice as a professional visual artist. Its conceptual and theoretical content also supports learning in higher education across a broad range of arts-related disciplines.

Entry Requirements

To enter this qualification, people must have the skills and knowledge described in the following units of competency:

CUVACD501A Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

CUVPRP501A Realise a body of creative work

CUVPRP503A Present a body of own creative work

CUVRES502A Analyse cultural history and theory.

Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in a creative field or through formal study.

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


articulating and debating complex ideas

communicating effectively with other on creative and technical issues

researching wide-ranging historical and contemporary information

developing and maintaining effective networks

reading and interpreting a range of complex information related to working at a professional level in the creative arts industry

presenting and promoting work to others

documenting own work as a professional artist


building professional collaborative relationships

maximising the potential of individual strengths within a collaborative creative project


dealing with complex concepts and theories of creativity

developing and applying a range of strategies to resolve issues in professional creative projects

evaluating the effectiveness of different approaches to achieve different artistic effects

Initiative and enterprise

communicating ideas through creative expertise

initiating creative and innovative ideas

refining own individual style of creative expression at a professional level

integrating knowledge of current and emerging trends in own design work

thinking laterally about how own skills and knowledge can be applied professionally

demonstrating originality and innovative approaches to the creation of artworks

Planning and organising

establishing goals for professional creative projects

managing the complete creative project from initial ideas to realisation of final work

planning practice to improve own artistic technique

using time-management strategies to set priorities


reviewing and reflecting on own work practice

researching and critically analysing current and emerging industry business practices

engaging with industry at a professional level

integrating professional standards and codes into own practice


developing specialised expertise with chosen techniques and art forms

developing and extending professional expertise in a range of professional and creative skills

using research and networks to proactively extend own skills and professional opportunities

identifying opportunities to maintain and enhance industry knowledge and engagement

developing and maintaining the legal knowledge required to operate a professional practice


maximising the potential of specialised technologies relevant to own creative practice

proactively using the internet as a sophisticated research tool