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Arts courses

Whether you're interested in psychology, social work, community services, visual arts, digital media, or even performing arts, we have a huge range of arts courses on offer.  We scored 5 stars in the 2018 Good Universities Guide for skills development for humanities, culture and social sciences, and social work.

You can study at short course, TAFE, degree or postgraduate level.

Careers

Our graduates find employment opportunities across the following sectors:

  • media
  • government (local, state and federal)
  • non-government organisations
  • not-for-profit companies
  • private companies
  • art galleries and studios.

Short courses 6 courses

Duration: 1000 hours
EAP is a university and TAFE preparation course. It is designed for students with upper intermediate to advanced levels of English who want to gain admission to an Australian TAFE, undergraduate or postgraduate course.
Duration: 13 weeks
Foundations at VU is a fully funded 13 week course providing you an alternative pathway, if you didn't meet direct entry requirements, to reach your goal of studying a higher education undergraduate or diploma course.
Duration: 10 weeks
Learn to design and perform a funeral ceremony in a professional and respectful manner, with the needs of the client’s family in mind.
Duration: 25 weeks
This course is for those with no English schooling. It provides you with the skills to be able to use and understand English in everyday situations.
Duration: 3 weeks
A preparation course which provides students with a the skills required to pass the Victoria Police Entrance Examination.

TAFE certificates & diplomas 32 courses

Duration: 1 year
Develop the skills required to provide a range of services and interventions to people with alcohol and other drugs issues.
Duration: 1.5 years
Learn the skills and knowledge required for leadership and management in community development and play a role in educating the public through health programs.
Duration: 1 year
Learn how to manage services, departments and projects in a range of community organisations and government services.
Duration: 9 months
Develop skills to work directly with clients in the community sector. You can focus on community services or community development work.
Duration: 9 months
This course reflects the role of community service workers who design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and groups.
Duration: 2 years
Gain skills and knowledge to work in the community welfare sector. Learn to deliver services, provide programs and develop projects for people in community-based settings.
Duration: 1 year
Develop the skills to provide support and training to people with disabilities in community-based and residential settings.
Duration: 0.5 years
Increase your confidence and develop your English language skills with this general course, aimed at participants from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Duration: 0.5 years
Improve your English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening with the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Certificate II.
Duration: 0.5 years
Advance your English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening with the English as an Additional Language (EAL) course.
Duration: 0.5 years
Expand your English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening with the Certificate IV in EAL (Access).
Duration: 0.5 years
Students from non-English speaking backgrounds can advance language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening with our 22255VIC - Certificate III in EAL (Further Study).
Duration: 0.5 years
Advance your well-developed English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening with our 22258VIC - Certificate IV in EAl (Further Study).
Duration: 0.5 years
Develop important reading, writing and numeracy skills with a Certificate I in General Education for Adults at Victoria Polytechnic.
Duration: 0.5 years
This general education course and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) preparation program provide skill development in reading, writing and numeracy.
Duration: 0.5 years
This course is a General Education course for Adults which provides skill development in reading, writing and numeracy.
Duration: 1 year
Further develop your drawing and design skills, and gain valuable practical experience through projects with industry clients.
Duration: 1 year
Begin a career in the graphic design industry with the skills and knowledge to produce artwork for commercial purposes using both traditional and electronic methods.
Duration: 1 year
Develop your research and customer service skills in the library and information services industry.
Duration: 1 year
Learn how to use a range of specialised technical databases and classification schemes as well as ways to assist others in finding information.
Duration: 1 year
Build the technical, compositional and performance skills you'll need for a career as a professional musician.
Duration: 1 year
Gain the fundamental skills to launch a career in the music industry as a musician or sound production professional.
Duration: 1 year
Unlock your potential as a writer. Gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in the writing, editing and publishing industries.
Duration: 1 year
Develop your writing skills for work in the creative and publishing industries. You will gain writing and editing skills for novels, short stories, children's books, advertising and the web.
Duration: 0.5 years
Begin your career as a new media designer or artist. You will learn everything from creating concepts and basic graphic design to media arts projects.
Duration: 1 year
Learn the practical and technical skills required to become a make-up artist in the entertainment industry as part of our Specialist Make-up Services specialisation.
Duration: 0.5 years
If you've just started learning English, this beginner course will give you the skills to be able to use and understand English in everyday situations.
Duration: 0.5 years
The Certificate II in Spoken and Written English is a post-beginner course for learners to develop the skills to satisfy their simple everyday transactional and limited social needs.
Duration: 0.5 years
This course is for learners to develop the skills to satisfy their simple everyday transactional and limited social needs.
Duration: 1 year
This transition education program prepares young people with special learning needs for employment and further vocational education.
Duration: 1 year
Build on your existing skills and creative abilities by gaining a deeper understanding of your artistic work.
Duration: 1 year
Become a visual artist by studying a wide range of contemporary, digital and classical techniques in painting and drawing.

Bachelor degrees (undergraduate) 14 courses

Duration: 3 years
Choose your specialisation in arts from a range of subject areas and open up a world of career options. This course gives you the flexibility to choose from a broad range of Majors.
Duration: 1 year
Extend your undergraduate qualification and develop your research skills with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Victoria University.
Duration: 3 years
Make a real difference in the world by learning to build and develop programs and initiatives that meet the changing needs of society and create sustainable communities.
Duration: 3 years
Studying this professional degree you will gain a strong theoretical, research, and applied understanding of human behaviour and the interplay between psychological and social contributors to crime.
Duration: 3 years
In our Bachelor of Criminal Justice you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of our justice systems, studying the law, sociology, criminology and social philosophy.
Duration: 5 years
This course offers graduates the opportunity to develop their skill, knowledge and professional acumen across a range of Arts Majors or Minor studies.
Duration: 3 years
Gain the artistic knowledge, musicianship, technical fluency, creativity, critical listening and analytical skills for the music, creative arts and music education industries. The focus of the course is on popular and contemporary music with an international perspective.
Duration: 3 years
This psychology course will help you develop an understanding of human behaviour, motivation, relationships, communication and cognitive processes.
Duration: 1 year
Study at an advanced level, complete a research thesis and gain a higher qualification. Further develop your capacity for informed, conceptual thinking and research skills.
Duration: 4 years
Get the flexibility to combine study in psychology with a business specialisation. Combining studies in psychology and business will enable students to gain expertise in understanding the behaviour of individuals in group and organisational settings.
Duration: 4 years
Get a better understanding of human behaviour, motivation, relationships and communication.
Duration: 3 years
Follow your interest in industries that include film, television, radio, screen culture, online and mobile media production with this Bachelor of Screen Media.
Duration: 4 years
Create a career that improves the quality of life and develops the potential of individuals, groups and communities. Social workers are involved with people at individual, family, and community levels to bring about change.
Duration: 4 years
Undertake industry-based education placements in different human service agency settings under the supervision of experienced social workers.

Postgraduate 10 courses

Duration: 2 years
Become a professional clinical psychologist working with children, adolescents and adults.
Duration: 2 years
Pursue a career as a community psychologist. Become a part of a vibrant learning environment where your psychology skills and knowledge will be directed towards applied community psychology.
Duration: 2 years
Advance your counselling skills and learn how to apply them ethically. Develop your theoretical knowledge with industry-based learning and placement. Choose course specialisations that meet the current needs of the public and private industry.
Duration: 2 years
Master of Counselling (AMEP ) extends your expertise in counselling theory and practice following the completion of a Graduate Diploma. Please note: this is not an APS accredited psychology course.
Duration: 0.5 years
Gain an edge and a global focus in this competitive international industry and discover a career that is being revolutionised by the internet.
Duration: 1 year
Become a digital media production leader and further your skills. Enter into a global industry where you can contribute to the production of mobile and digital content.
Duration: 2 years
Enhance your digital media skills and delve into a global industry where you can create mobile apps and cross-platform content.
Duration: 0.5 years
Build a strong foundation in community development and further your career in a diverse range of fields including international humanitarian and development aid.
Duration: 1 year
Take the leading role in community development and get involved in social and economic change, human rights, and sustainable development and at a global or local level.
Duration: 2 years
Take the leading role in community development and get involved in social and economic change, human rights, and sustainable development at a global or local level.

Postgraduate research 7 courses

Postgraduate Research

Research postgraduate

Our Office for Research provides support to our current and future researchers, such as:

  • identify a research topic
  • find a supervisor
  • apply for research supervision or grants.
Duration: 2 years
Staff will supervise graduate research in many areas of specialisation, such as the Master of Arts, history, philosophy of sport, sociology of physical education and sport management.
Duration: 2 years
A research degree is a unique opportunity to develop new skills, problem-solving abilities, and think logically, creatively and critically.
Duration: 2 years
Postgraduate research opportunities are available across a range of disciplines such as psychology, humanities, history, sociology and the arts.
Duration: 2 years
The School of Social Sciences and Psychology offers supervision for Master's degree programs in many areas.
Duration: 4 years
The Doctoral degree in Creative Arts (PhD) is an advanced research program offered across VU’s research focus areas and the major disciplines of our academic Colleges.
Duration: 4 years
The Doctoral degree in Society and Culture is an advanced research program offered across VU’s research focus areas and the major disciplines of our academic Colleges.
Duration: 4 years

The Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) in Society and Culture is an alternative pathway to a PhD for applicants who have not had previous research training and/or experience.

Victoria University was a great option for me as it presented diverse and relevant units to fit my career goals. What I loved about my course was the practical experience that I gained whilst studying. Taking on internships during my course allowed me to understand the pace of the industry and network with those within my field.
Kayla McLeod

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