Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts


This qualification is part of the Creative Arts and Culture Training Package. It reflects the role of individuals who have para-professional level technical, creative and conceptual skills to originate, realise and exhibit a substantial body of resolved work that expresses their own creative vision. Visual artists work within and across many mediums, and their practice may incorporate ceramics, digital art, glasswork, drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, photomedia, printmaking, public art, sculpture, textiles or wood design. Practice at this level is underpinned by application of art theory and history, the ability to engage in critical discourse and to debate one's own work and the work of others.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: TAFE Institute/Polytechnic (Govt)
Level: Preparatory/Industry

From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from over 50 locations across New South Wales.  Browse our international locations here.

Hunter - Newcastle West
Northern Sydney - Hornsby
Northern Sydney - Meadowbank
North Coast - Murwillumbah
North Coast - Lismore
South Western Sydney - Campbelltown
Western Sydney - Nepean
Western - Dubbo
Riverina - Wagga Wagga
Riverina - Albury


  • Core: Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity
  • Establish and maintain safe professional practice
  • Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
  • Originate a body of independent creative work
  • Engage in the business of creative practice
  • Publicly present a body of own creative work
  • Extend cultural research expertise. Electives: Create observational drawings
  • Develop and refine metal-working techniques
  • Refine illustration techniques
  • Apply traditional techniques to jewellery and 3D object production
  • Manage and exploit copyright arrangements
  • Monitor and manage small business operations
  • plus more.

TAFE NSW is the leading provider of vocational education training in Australia, with industry qualified and experienced staff that bring up-to-date real-world skills directly to the classroom. We have over 130 years of history and our courses and facilities are internationally renowned.

Our courses and degrees can help put you on the path to where you want to be. With over 25,000 employer connections, our graduates can be assured that their qualifications are well regarded.

From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from over 50 locations across New South Wales and a wide variety of classroom and delivery study options to suit your lifestyle, aspirations and individual circumstances. So whether you’re fresh out of school, looking for a change of career, seeking new skills or a higher qualification, TAFE NSW has a course for you.

TAFE NSW provides help and support for all of your study-related needs. With everything at your fingertips, there’s no stress adapting to a new study environment. All International students have access to:

• libraries

• careers advice and help to find a job

• resume writing and preparing for a job interview

• counselling for study and other personal matters — a free and confidential service

• spacious grounds for enjoying a break

• security staff to ensure your safety while on location.

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