Course Description

The Diploma of Visual Arts is a progressive, contemporary fine arts course run by artists. It offers students study in painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, printmaking, video and digital imaging. Students gain a sound understanding of art theory and history, including conceptual and stylistic strategies of art practices since the 1960s. They also learn how to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources.

The Diploma of Visual Arts allows students to experience a wide field of studio-based studies such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital imaging and photography. The student will gain solid technical skills and aesthetic awareness combined with a sound knowledge of contemporary art issues and grasp of the arts industry. This is a contemporary visual arts course that is taught by experienced artists who are specialists in their field.

This studio practice is underpinned by a sound knowledge of art theory and history. Students will also have current arts industry knowledge and will be able to critically analyse information from a range of sources. Graduates will have the opportunity to build a current portfolio based on this experience. On successful completion of the Diploma of Visual Arts (CUA51115), graduates may progress to the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts (CUA60715).

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $12,830 total course cost.Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $7,280 total course cost.


1 year full time,

Starting dates


Graduate Rating

Graduates of Creative Arts undergraduate courses at Swinburne University of Technology rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 69.0% (national average 72.0%)
Improved skills: 72.4% (national average 77.3%)
Overall satisfaction: 73.9% (national average 75.3%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Swinburne University of Technology. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Creative Arts undergraduate courses at Swinburne University of Technology had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 57.2% (national average 52.1%)
Studying full time: 14.4% (national average 25.5%)
Median full time salary: $50,000 (national average $47,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Swinburne University of Technology Code: CUA51115

Entry Requirements