CUA51115: Diploma of Visual Arts

Textile, Print and Surface Design

Full Time Course Dates:

  • Gold Coast: Tuesday the 17th of April 2018: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
  • Brisbane: Monday the 16th of July 2018: 9:00AM - 4:30PM

Part Time Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

Turn your artworks into digital designs that can be printed on a range of products!

If you dream of spending your time creating beautiful artworks and designs, then a career as a Surface Designer is for you!

Extend your creativity and learn painting and drawing techniques with a range of mediums to enable you to create exciting and unique artworks and designs which can be turned into a range of products. Through learning digital manipulation of your hand created artworks, you can make your art suitable for digital printing on a range of products from homewares, fashion products, gift items and more.

hand painted textile print

The Diploma course will prepare you with the skills to create exciting designs created from your paintings and drawings or designed on computer exclusively. You will learn how to create repeat prints, various colourways, coordinating prints, colour separations for printing and product specifications.

This qualification reflects the role of visual artists and combines specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to develop an emerging arts practice. It focuses on developing skills in art forms such as drawing, painting, illustration, textile design and digital surface design.

As well, you will develop skills and knowledge of art theory and history and be able to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Some business skills are also covered so that you will be able to realise your dream of becoming a creative arts practitioner.

Your designs can be applied to a range of products, such as:

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  • Paintings
  • Art Prints
  • Cushions
  • Scarves
  • Floor Rugs
  • Towels
  • Bed Linen
  • Gift Cards
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Stationary
  • Phone Cases and Skins
  • Crockery - Mugs, Plates etc
  • T-Shirts
  • Wallpaper
  • Fabrics for interiors (i.e. upholstery, curtains etc)
  • Fabrics for fashion garments, accessories, handbags, shoes etc
  • So much more! The list is endless...

Career Opportunities:

  • Artist
  • Surface Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Product Designer

Qualification & Units of Competency

Course Code: CUA51115

On successful completion of the course, students will receive the nationally recognised CUA51115: Diploma of Visual Arts qualification. This course is accredited under the Australian Qualifications Training Framework.

To check our accreditation details click here.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Have your experience recognised and increase your employment prospects by enrolling in Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Through RPL you could reduce the duration of your studies. Get the recognition you deserve and enquire about RPL today.

RPL assessed on a case by case basis, so it is only available on application. Students will be charged $200 per unit of competency.

Why You Should Study With Us:

  • We have small class sizes, so you get hands on attention with your trainers.
  • We have a job placement company that will assist you in obtaining a job.
  • We run a free goal setting and motivational workshop for students.
  • We have an industry panel that reviews your work and you will receive a certificate graded by industry.
  • Industry contact us seeking students for work and work experience and we pass on these opportunities to students.
  • We have industry guest speakers and excursions throughout the course
  • We have a private course facebook group where you can share ideas/info and communicate with your trainers and other students.
  • We have a private student facebook group for collaborating with other students in other disciplines for example to organise photoshoots/events etc together.

Course Duration:

Full Time: This course runs over 1 year, 2 days face to face, Tues-Wed + 1 day off campus per week

Part Time: TBA

Term Dates

Click on the arrows below to go forward or backward through each intake's term dates. Please note that term dates are subject to change, please contact us to confirm future dates if required.

Gold Coast Full Time

April INTAKE 2018

Term 1
17th Apr 18
29th Jun 18
Term 2
17th Jul 18
20th Sep 18
Term 3
9th Oct 18
6th Dec 18
Term 4
22nd Jan 19
28th Feb 19

July INTAKE 2017

Term 1
12th Jul 17
14th Sep 17
Term 2
4th Oct 17
7th Dec 17
Term 3
31st Jan 18
29th Mar 18
Term 4
11th Apr 18
24th May 18

March INTAKE 2015

Term 1
9th Mar 15
8th May 15
Term 2
18th May 15
17th Jul 15
Term 3
3rd Aug 15
2nd Oct 15
Term 4
19th Oct 15
18th Dec 15
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Brisbane Full Time

March INTAKE 2017

Term 1
20th Mar 17
7th Apr 17
Term 2
18th Apr 17
23rd Jun 17
Term 3
3rd Jul 17
22nd Sep 17
Term 4
3rd Oct 17
15th Dec 17
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Student Entry Requirements:

Formal Education or Work/Life Experience:

To enrol into the Diploma of Visual Arts the applicant does not have to have completed their senior secondary schooling but must be able to demonstrate the technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in selected medium which may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or through formal study, bring in a body of work to discuss, have good computer skills, be able to use the internet for research, and use a range of software such as word and presentation software such as PowerPoint as well as answering yes to most of the questions below:

  • Do you love colour and design?
  • Have you worked with some form of creative media such as photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture or some other artistic media?
  • Do you have a body of creative work that you have put together?
  • Have you kept visual diaries and documented your work?
  • Can you talk about the creative process, your inspiration and what your work communicates?


There are no prerequisites for entry into this qualification.

Course Fees

VET Student Loans

From the 1st of January 2017 a new government student loan scheme became available to students enrolling into eligible courses at approved providers.

VET Student Loans are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements to assist with payment of the course fees. Students who take out a VET Student Loan will have a HELP debt which is due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

For more information about VET Student Loans click here.


View the Government Fact Sheet for VET Student Loans

If you are eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Click here to view the Schedule of VET Tuition Fees for more information on course costs, census dates and units of study.

Did you know that alternatives to VET Student Loans may be even cheaper than the 20% fee currently charged by the Government? Student or personal loans from some of the larger financial institutions may save you money.

Check out some other course financing options here.

If you are not eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $12,000.00

  • Balance paid in weekly direct debit instalments (with integraPAY) over course duration: $11,000.00

Application and Enrolment Process:

  1. Phone the Gold Coast (07) 55 938 335 OR Brisbane (07) 38 541 395 campus to arrange your interview OR fill out the online Application Form and arrange a phone interview if you cannot come into either campus.
  2. Attend your interview or complete the phone interview.
  3. You will recieve your enrolment paperwork and the student handbook at the interview and information on the required evidence you will have to supply to support your application.
  4. After reading the student handbook and enrolment forms, if you wish to enrol you must submit the enrolment form along with any requested evidence (original or certified copies of originals).Our administration staff will check the completed enrolment form and evidence you supplied to demonstrate your suitability for the course. We may have to ask you further information or discuss your options if you don't meet the suitability requirements for the course. If you do meet the suitability requirements for the course, we will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment, along with payment plan forms.
  5. You will receive your first invoice notice no more than one calendar month before the start of study and at least two weeks before the first census date.

Required Equipment:

Students will need to provide the following equipment:

  • Student ID ($25)
  • Equipment Kit ($330)
  • Basic stationary
  • Fabric or product printing costs (varies depending on the items ordered)
  • Students will require a laptop/notebook computer with the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office installed- see below for details.
  • List of required student resources provided upon enrolment


Students accepted into the program will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following minimum specifications are required:

  • Wireless 802.11n
  • Minimum 4Gb RAM
  • 2Ghz or faster processor
  • Internet Explorer 7 or better (free online)
  • Anti Virus - Students are not permitted to connect to our network without Anti Virus installed.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • Microsoft Office 2003 or better with Word, Excel and Powerpoint.*
  • Adobe Creative Suite Design Standard - Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.*
  • A mouse is required.

* Please check software manufacturers minimum system requirements.

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Next Course Starts:

Full Time Course Dates:

  • Gold Coast: Tuesday the 17th of April 2018: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
  • Brisbane: Monday the 16th of July 2018: 9:00AM - 4:30PM

Part Time Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

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