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Start date:
4 February 2019
Duration:
1 year full time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face

Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Build on your existing skills and creative abilities by gaining a deeper understanding of your artistic work.

You will have access to your own studio-based environment with opportunities to exhibit works. Your studies will include gallery visits and talks by visiting industry speakers. Practising artists teach this course.

As a visual arts student, you will have access to our newly refurbished visual art studios at Footscray Nicholson Campus. The facility offers well-equipped group and individual spaces, as well as printmaking and life drawing studios.

You will have the opportunity to collaborate with a range of organisations like the City of Maribyrnong and Kindred Studios, on leading events including the Williamstown Literary Festival, West Projections festival, Due West Festival and Open Studios in the West.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses, including Footscray Nicholson.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Careers in visual art

Visual artists can work in their own practice or in a range of contexts across the visual arts industry.

Graduating visual artists from this course may incorporate the following in their creative practice:

  • digital art
  • drawing and illustration
  • painting
  • photomedia
  • printmaking.

Course structure

To be awarded CUA60715 Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts, a student must successfully complete a total of twelve (12) units of competency, comprising of:

- seven (7) core units, and;

- five (5) elective units, of which:

- three (3) units must be selected from Group A;

- two (2) units may be selected from Groups A or B or from any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Diploma level or above.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid vocational outcome.

This qualification 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.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have the conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create and present works in their chosen form.
Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in a creative field or through formal study such as the completion of the Diploma of Visual Arts.
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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Already a VU student?

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