Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts

Certificate IV In Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts

Course Code
Indigenous Education
Study Area(s)
Indigenous Education
Course Length
Full-time(1 year)
Part-time day(2 years)

Start Date(s): 12/2/2018
End Date(s): 5/12/2018
Days and Time: 3

Course Overview

If your dream is to earn a living inspiring others with beautiful indigenous art, then our Certificate IV in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Cultural Arts is perfect for you.

With our nationally recognised qualification you’ll develop your own style; a technique that will allow you to create stunning pieces of art in the following forms:

• Paintings
• Lino prints
• Ceramics
• Drawing

Better yet, you’ll get to exhibit your works at allocated events throughout the year.

Creating art aside, you’ll also learn about your culture and your place within the community. In addition, this includes learning about local artists and art practices.

Our nationally recognised Certificate IV qualification prepares you for skilled work at a pre-professional level, ultimately leading into an artist or craftsperson profession.

There’s more good news, too. You'll be studying your cultural arts course at our Broadmeadows campus, which includes a dedicated Indigenous Education Centre (IEC) - awarded the 2013 Wurreker Award as the Training Provider/TAFE Institute of the Year. The IEC is a recognised leader and innovator in providing practical education and training that delivers real-world results.

Our course experts will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Click here for course modules


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
BSBWHS201Contribute To Health And Safety Of Self And Others20
CUAACD301Produce drawings to communicate ideas80
CUAATS302Produce work that expresses own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity100
CUAATS303Develop and apply knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural arts200
CUAPPR401Realise a creative project60
CUARES403Research history and theory to inform own arts practice70


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
CUACER401Experiment with techniques to produce ceramics50
CUADRA401Experiment with techniques to produce drawings50
CUAPAI401Experiment with techniques to produce paintings50
CUAPPR302Document the creative work progress15
CUAPPR403Store and maintain finished creative work30
CUAPPR407Select and prepare creative work for exhibition30
CUAPRI401Experiment with techniques to produce prints50
CUASCU401Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture50

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will know in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be given this information.

Additional comments

This course is only availble to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

What will I study?

You will study ceramics, cultural awareness, your own culture and where your place is in your community.Develop knowledge about local artists and art practices as well as develop your artistic skills. Students also organise and exhibit their own work throughout the year.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.


For Business and Industry

We offer our business and industry clients customised workforce training, flexible delivery (when and where it suits you) and onsite assessments.

Call us on 1300 615 141 or contact us online for an obligation free consultation.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2018 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Average annual course fee#
Average annual course fee#
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Full Fee
Average annual course fee#

Table 2

Average material
fees per annum *


Average consumable
fees per annum*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2018 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:
Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2018: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
950 886 $2.00 $0.40 $10.00

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2018. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

There are no set prerequisites for this course. However it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course and a well-developed command of technique in your chosen art form

Where and how can I study?

You will study at the Indigenous Education Centre Broadmeadows campus

What employment opportunities will I have?

This qualification prepares people for skilled work at a pre-professional level in an art related field.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

Learners will learn to use a range of skills and techniques to produce paintings, lino prints ceramics and drawing. Also all aspects of exhibiting art works.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate IV in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

This course will lead to higher level studies in visual arts qualifications at Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Degree levels. (specify) level. Credit transfers may be available into your chosen course.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course you must contact the Indigenous Education Centre or phone 9279-2357. Or by calling the institute Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au. This course has ongoing enrolments.

How will I be selected for this course?

It is recommended that people undertaking this qualification possess some relevant art or design skills and knowledge prior to entry. All applicants will need to attend an interview and provide work samples It is also only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.