Study a wide range of techniques to extend your visual arts practice with a Diploma of Visual Arts at Victoria Polytechnic.
You’ll explore a variety of classical, contemporary and digital techniques in painting and drawing. You’ll learn to combine your technical, creative and conceptual skills to develop a body of work in one or more arts forms. This course will give you a sound understanding of art theory and history.
Taught by established and practicing artists, this course also includes guest speakers who will talk about their work and art practice. Gallery visits will form part of your studies.
You’ll also gain valuable industry knowledge about developing sustainable professional practice and providing freelance services.
Careers in visual arts
Visual artists may work in their own practice or in a wide range of contexts across the arts government, community or commercial organisation.
Graduating visual artists from this course may incorporate the following in their creative practice:
- digital art
- drawing and illustration
To be awarded CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen units of competency, comprising of:
- six (6) core units, and;
- nine (9) elective units, of which:
- three (3) units must be selected from Group A;
- two (2) units must be selected from Group B;
- four (4) units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any other training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate IV or Advanced Diploma Level.
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 as well as be approved by Victoria Polytechnic.
This qualification reflects the role of individuals who combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms. Mediums may include ceramics, drawing and illustration, painting, photomedia, printmaking, public art, sculpture, textile design, wood design, digital art and glasswork.
Practice at this level is underpinned by application of arts theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Discourse around complex ideas is also required. Visual artists may work in their own practice or in a wide range of contexts across the arts government, community or commercial organisation.
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).
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.
Applicants must have the technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in selected medium. Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or through formal study such as the completion of VCE Studio 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.
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.