Visual Art

If your artistic spirit is crying out to be unleashed, come to CIT and learn how to turn your passion into your life’s work! The course will enable you to unleash your imagination and produce work that shows proficiency with techniques in your chosen art form and applying creative solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems. You will gain a broad and integrated factual, technical and theoretical knowledge with cognitive skills that allow you to analyse, compare and act on information from a range of sources.

As you advance, you will combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to prepare for and develop an emerging arts practice. You will gain the skills and knowledge to be able to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms, reinforced with a sound grasp of art theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources.

Visual artists work in a wide range of contexts across the arts and other industries, working as sole practitioners, or holding positions in government or commercial organisations. Artists work within and across many media, and their practice may incorporate ceramics, digital art, glasswork, drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, photo media, printmaking, sculpture, textile design and wood design.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

    Diploma of Visual Arts
    CRICOS: 090439A National ID: CUA51115

  • Course Duration
    Duration

    TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 1 year

    Diploma: 1 year

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    Semester 1 (February) 2019

    Semester 1 (February) 2020

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Reid

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 Semester 2 - $7,050

    2020*: Semester 1 - $7,250 Semester 2 - $7,250

    Extra Fees:

    Material fees: $537
    Additional art material and equipment fees: approx. $250
    Safety/protection equipment: approx. $30
    Sydney Art Gallery excursion x 2 and exhibition tickets: approx. $150

  • *Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2018 and 2019 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    Academic requirements:

    • ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent
    • A portfolio of recent work that demonstrates your aptitude for visual art/design. Portfolios may contain examples of visual art from a range of activities and media types and may include: drawing, photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture or any creative projects you have undertaken
    • Interview (or other negotiated process)
    • Basic computing skills


    Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry. Please refer to Entry Requirements for more information.

    English requirements:

  • Course Subjects - Diploma

    Diploma of Visual Arts
    CRICOS: 090439A | National ID: CUA51115
    Complete 15 subjects (6 Core and 9 Electives)


    Core - complete all 6

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • CUAACD501
      Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
      CIT Code: ARTS259
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use drawing and other visual representation tools to develop, refine and communicate ideas for creative work. The unit focus is on manual drawing development and refinement, and visual representation as cognitive tools in a professional practice, rather than a particular level of drawing technique. It applies to individuals who are professional practitioners working in any area related to visual communication using drawing and other visual representation tools to support their practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPPR501
      Realise a body of creative work
      CIT Code: ARTS305
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to integrate conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create a coherent body of work in any creative form. It applies to individuals who are at the beginning of their professional practice and whose completed work conveys a well developed command of materials, process and technique, and strong conceptual and theoretical development.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPPR502
      Develop own sustainable professional practice
      CIT Code: ARTS307
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish goals for own professional practice and to determine how one's practice can be developed in a sustainable way, taking account of all aspects of sustainability – individual, social, environmental and economic. It applies to individuals who must consider the sustainability of their practice in any sector or area of expertise.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPPR503
      Present a body of own creative work
      CIT Code: ARTS308
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use creative, technical and project management skills to produce a professional and innovative presentation of own creative work. It applies to individuals who maintain an up-to-date presentation package or portfolio of creative work. The presentation or portfolio may be physical or virtual.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPPR505
      Establish and maintain safe creative practice
      CIT Code: ARTS310
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine and respond effectively to broad and specific safety requirements in a professional practice. It applies to individuals who are sole practitioners or working in collaborative teams across all sectors and areas of expertise, who are responsible for managing safety. The practitioner applies a self-directed approach to ensuring safety. The unit could apply to a range of internal and external work environments, including workshops, studios, offices, field locations and performance venues.The unit does not apply to individuals employed by organisations to manage the safety of a practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUARES503
      Analyse cultural history and theory
      CIT Code: ARTS319
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research, analyse and debate cultural history and theory, and to use those processes to develop individual approaches to creative work. It applies to individuals working across all cultural sectors. It might also apply to individuals working much more broadly in business and community roles. At this level, the individual mostly works independently, although the research may be guided by others in terms of its scope and objectives.
      Prerequisites: Nil


    Electives - complete 9

    • CUAPAI502
      Investigate painting materials and processes
      CIT Code: ARTS294
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and explore a range of painting materials and processes to develop an individual professional style. It applies to highly skilled visual artists who integrate the use of those different materials and processes explored, to realise a body of creative work. They work with a high level of independence seeking mentoring and guidance as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAIND502
      Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
      CIT Code: DSGN176
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain creative arts industry knowledge, and monitor and manage own professional practice. It applies to individuals with advanced research and analysis skills working as practitioners, administrators or managers. They could be working in the public or private sector in a variety of contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBMKG414
      Undertake marketing activities
      CIT Code: MKTG216
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan, implement and manage basic marketing and promotional activities. It is a foundation unit covering general and basic marketing and promotional activities that do not require detailed or complex planning or implementation. It applies to people with no previous experience in marketing. It could be undertaken as part of a broader role of a person in a small enterprise, or as part of a marketing plan for a larger enterprise.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAACD402
      Experiment with moulding and casting techniques
      CIT Code: ARTS258
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop technical skills in moulding and casting through experimentation. It applies to individuals working on the design and production of three-dimensional projects in industrial and creative contexts. In the creative industries this includes ceramic artists, sculptors and prop makers. No licensing, legislative, or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUADIG508
      Refine digital art techniques
      CIT Code: ARTS282
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to refine digital media techniques and to develop own digital art style in a body of creative work. This occurs through a process of research, refinement and evaluation, and encompasses animation, video and sound production.It applies to individuals whose professional practice includes the creation of digital media works. Work could be completely digital or an integration of digital and traditional media.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUADRA501
      Refine drawing techniques
      CIT Code: ARTS284
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and experiment with a broad range of drawing techniques to refine and evaluate an individual professional style. This unit relates to drawing as an art form and differs from units that focus on drawing as a visual representation tool. It applies to highly skilled visual artists who integrate the use of those different techniques explored, to realise a coherent body of creative work. They work with a high level of independence seeking mentoring and guidance as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPAI501
      Refine painting techniques
      CIT Code: ARTS293
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and experiment with a broad range of painting techniques to refine and evaluate an individual professional style.It applies to highly skilled visual artists who integrate the use of those different techniques explored, to realise a coherent body of creative work. They work with a high level of independence seeking mentoring and guidance as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPRI501
      Refine printmaking techniques
      CIT Code: ARTS322
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and experiment with a broad range of printmaking techniques to refine and evaluate an individual professional style.It applies to highly skilled visual artists who integrate the use of those different techniques explored, to realise a coherent body of creative work. They work with a high level of independence seeking mentoring and guidance as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUASCU501
      Refine sculptural techniques
      CIT Code: ARTS321
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and experiment with a broad range of sculptural techniques to refine and evaluate an individual professional style. It applies to highly skilled visual artists who integrate the use of those different techniques explored, to realise a coherent body of creative work which usually includes the creation of three-dimensional (3-D) sculptural forms. They work with a high level of independence seeking mentoring and guidance as required. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Job Opportunities

    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. Artists work within and across many media, and their practice may incorporate ceramics, digital art, glasswork, drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textile design and wood design.

  • Teaching Methods and Assessment

    Modes of study include:

    • simulated workplaces for students to practice their new skills include large artist studios and specialty print and sculpture workshops fully equipped with creative tools and technologies
    • work experience includes participating in industry-led workshops, attending public exhibitions and working studios
    • supervised study time with industry specialists
    • on-line learning and student engagement through e-Learn

    Students will be assessed in the following ways:

    • Participation in studio workshops, complete assignments and projects
    • Assessment may be based on competency, marks and grades, or a combination of all three methods
  • Pathways to Further Study

    Students who gain entry into the University of Canberra and successfully complete a CIT Diploma will receive 24 credit points (1 year) towards the Bachelor of Arts (429AA).

    Students are advised to speak directly with UC in relation to course choices and pathways.

    Diploma of Visual Arts (1 year)
    = 1 years of study
    Optional degree pathway available