Associate Degree of Illustration

Melbourne Polytechnic's Associate Degree of Illustration is a two-year course that provides an embedded exit point within the Bachelor of Illustration.

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On successful completion of this course, students are able to articulate into a Bachelor of Illustration or exit with a para-professional qualification.

For additional information on the Associate Degree of Illustration, you can contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Career Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

Drawn to illustrate

Research is an essential component of the Associate degree and Bachelor degree of Illustration. You will investigate a wide range of visual art practices and draw on history, technology, commerce, media and cultural studies as you analyse and critique the development of illustration and visual language.

Let creativity lead to a career

New avenues of creativity will be explored throughout this course. As well as addressing traditional practices such as publishing, advertising, promotion and editorial work, illustration now embraces many areas of contemporary visual culture.

Graduate illustrators can look to diverse career options in new media, film, urban design and art. You may realise your potential for personal expression and social commentary through the creation and production of comics and graphic novels.

Learn theory and practice for creativity and commerce

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Associate Degree of Illustration enables and supports the development of a personal style through exploration of traditional and contemporary art skills and practices. You’ll engage with both industry and the community through Work Integrated Learning projects.

You’ll also learn with our staff of experienced, supportive teachers, all leading industry practitioners with wide ranging fields of expertise. Benefit from their networks as you attend the Associate Degree of Illustration’s weekly Creative Forum with leading creative industry figures.

Take this fabulous opportunity to be part of Melbourne Polytechnic’s community of creative degree students and teachers at our friendly Fairfield campus, a location that’s peaceful, yet buzzing with creativity.

Pathway to further study

Students who have successfully completed the Associate Degree of Illustration can articulate nicely into the Bachelor of Illustration.

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Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: available

Modes of Delivery



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Entrance Requirements

Prerequisite: Units 3 and 4 - any English with a study score of at least 20. Selection mode: School leavers need results in prerequisite studies, interview and folio presentation (or equivalent). Mature age applicants need interview and folio presentation (or equivalent). Extra requirements: All applicants must make an appointment during October for an interview/folio presentation. Melbourne Polytechnic conducts interviews in early November to December. To assist in preparing for the interview, an information pack will be available. For details, please contact the department.

Assessment Methods

Assessment will be based on one or more of the following: development of a portfolio, group projects working to brief, group/individual oral presentation, and individual projects working to brief.


Lists of materials required costing approximately AU$750 are provided at enrolment and collected during orientation week.

Pathways to further study

One further year of study will enable the student to complete the Bachelor of Illustration.

Career Pathways

The career opportunities exist in areas of:
  • self employment (small business)
  • advertising
  • publishing
  • new media areas of content and games
  • film and animation
  • creative directorship
  • creative consultancy
  • event management
  • exhibition design and curating

Enrolment Intake

  • February

Units Of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subjects
BIL101 Drawing foundation
BIL102 Digital foundation
BIL103 Design foundation
BIL104 Media and context: contemporary visual culture
BIL105 Drawing: media and application
BIL106 Digital imaging
BIL107 Design solutions
BIL108 Media and context: 20th century illustration
BIL201 Drawing:observation & invention
BIL202 Digital illustration
BIL203 Design innovation
BIL204 Media and context: narrative in history
BIL205 Drawing:innovative practice
BIL206 Digital studio
BIL207 Creative studio
BIL208 Industry:design process and management