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Certificate IV in Visual Arts And Contemporary Craft (CUV40103)

Industry Group: Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Recreation


Occupation Type: Visual Arts And Crafts Professionals


The Certificate III & IV in Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft is a practical studio-based course that gives students an understanding in the studies of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, textile/fibre, sculpture, digital imagery and video art with introductions to visual art theory and art self development and practice. In addition, this course includes a Fashion stream which focuses on the design of wearable art.


The course is specifically suitable to students who wish to gain an introduction to art methods to establish their own art and/or design practice or for those wishing to produce a portfolio for entry to higher qualifications. This course introduces general methods and processes of artistic practice supported by some reference to concepts, language and theory of the visual arts and contemporary crafts. In each unit techniques are consolidated in competency based learning to develop a body of work for presentation at assessment.

Course Structure

To achieve a Certificate IV in Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft students must complete a total of EIGHTEEN (18) units of competency. This comprises FOUR (4) core units of competency plus FOURTEEN (14) elective units of competency with at least 2 units selected from group A and at least 2 units selected from group B

Total Nominal Course Hours: 921 (total nominal hours will depend on the elective units selected)

Career Opportunities

A starting place to training as a professional artist, teacher, curator, arts administrator, photographer, web designer, video producer, textile designer, festival organiser, art critic, community arts management.


Estimated completion time: 1 year/s
Part time study is also available.
Employability Skills
Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications.

Skills Recognition

-Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:
Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college,
through adult education classes or training programs at work;
Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).
RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.


-Credit Transfer or Recognition of Previous Study

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.
In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.

There are Admission Requirements and English Language Requirements for International Students.


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