This qualification reflects the role of practitioners working at a pre-professional level who are beginning to develop their own artistic voice. They produce work that shows proficiency with techniques in their chosen art form and are able to apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems. They have broad and integrated factual, technical and theoretical knowledge with cognitive skills that allow them to analyse, compare and act on information from a range of sources.
Total number of units = 15
6 core units plus
9 elective units
The elective units consist of:
4 units from Group A
1 unit from Group B
of the remaining 4 units:
up to 4 may be from Group A and/or Group B
up to 4 may be from Certificate III or above in any currently endorsed Training Package
up to 2 may be from a Certificate II in any currently endorsed Training Package
up to 2 may be from an accredited course at Certificate III, IV or Diploma level.
The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.
It is highly recommended that people undertaking this qualification possess some relevant art or design skills and knowledge prior to entry. This could be demonstrated through skills in drawing or particular art techniques.
Pathways from the qualification
This qualification prepares people for skilled work at a pre-professional level and for learning at higher levels, in particular through visual arts qualifications at Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Degree levels.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.
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.
Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification
passing on key safety information to colleagues
presenting and discussing ideas with others
producing art works which are consistent with the ideas that inform them
checking safety procedures with other team members
discussing ideas and industry developments with others
resolving safety issues in own work
refining ideas to incorporate feedback from others
adjusting techniques to achieve a particular effect
Initiative and enterprise
developing several possible ways of communicating an idea
developing new and personal ideas, and own artistic voice from research and experimentation
Planning and organising
sourcing and analysing information to develop ideas
organising the presentation of ideas to others
organising work tasks to ensure safety
organising workspace and materials for work projects
researching history and theory to inform creative practice
establishing and following safe working practices
maintaining personal safety standards
challenging oneâ€™s own ideas and approaches
having clear goals about oneâ€™s future as a creative practitioner
evaluating information gained from research and integrating ideas into the development of own work
using practice, feedback and evaluation opportunities to continuously improve skills and knowledge
improving skills through experimentation with materials and techniques
keeping up-to-date with industry and technological developments
using the internet for research
extending the application of tools and equipment to produce art works