Courses

Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development

CUA60415

The Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development is designed to prepare you to make a smooth transition into a professional practice, working in an industry-related role or in a freelance capacity.

This course is designed to prepare students to make a smooth transition into a professional practice, working in an industry-related role or in a freelance capacity. The course aids students in applying their current skills and knowledge to the development of a self-directed project/product such as; a solo exhibition, industry portfolio or published work.

Students will have access to their own studio on campus, as well as mentors who will provide critical and constructive feedback, technical advice and assistance with the design and development of their individual work. This course focuses on building up your employability options, current industry knowledge, ability to realise project goals and establish an ongoing practice. We build upon the skills you attained at Diploma level, and our past graduates have produced targeted folios (to approach industry clients), secured publishing deals, established unique online stores, attended international trade fairs and created substantial bodies of work for exhibition.

Expand your portfolio with expert guidance

Your work will be supported by sound research, analysis and the development of creative ideas with an ability to negotiate solutions. We will prepare you to make a smooth transition into a professional practice, working in an industry-related role or in a freelance capacity. You’ll be challenged by our passionate teachers to develop your own projects, culminating in exhibitions, strong portfolios and published work.

  • Studio Practice cultivates visual art through studio work, tutorials and feedback sessions
  • Art Theory explores ideas and concepts of contemporary art and design
  • Arts Business develops professional practice as tailored to the individual

Industry connections and resources

Our courses are taught by highly qualified industry professionals, and our teachers are experienced artists, illustrators and creative practitioners who bring a wealth of specialist skills and knowledge to our programs and are passionate about their student’s learning. We support our students to develop and refine their skills, find their areas of expertise and interest, and gain confidence in promoting, communicating and showcasing their art work.

As part of your study at Melbourne Polytechnic you will be involved in a number of exhibitions, industry forums and workshops that provide opportunities to extend the audience for your work and develop connections within industry. These include end of year student graduation exhibitions, department organised competitions and prizes, as well as forums and workshops where professionals from across the arts industry will come and speak. In the past this has included artists, illustrators, curators, gallery directors and arts business professionals as well as Visual Arts alumni.

The Visual Arts department has well-resourced specialist studios, computer labs and classrooms for each subject area (drawing, printmaking, illustration, painting, digital, photography, history and theory). In addition, there are three permanent galleries located across our Preston and Prahran campuses that house a diverse program of exhibitions throughout the year and provide opportunities for students to gain valuable experience with the installation and presentation of their art work.

Course outcomes

You will be qualified to work as:

  • Exhibition artists & image makers
  • Arts Manager
  • Arts administration (Curatorial & Gallery)
  • Community Artist
  • Artist in residence
  • Public Artist

Focus of study

  • art and design theory
  • business skills
  • drawing
  • illustration
  • painting
  • printmaking
  • photography
  • research skills

Assessment

You will be assessed through coursework.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Local Students

Code

CUA60415

VTAC Code

Preston 6900669484

Campuses

PRESTON

Department

Visual Arts
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 months
Note: full-time course is 12 months. Part-time is also available, please discuss this option with your teacher or education and career advisor

Part-time: available


Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Studio Based, Research, Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$8250
Ineligible:$10500

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

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Assessment Methods

Assessment by coursework

Materials

Some materials are provided, however due to the personal nature of the coursework students will need to set aside additional funds to purchase art materials as relevant to their particular project/product.

Entrance Requirements

  • open to graduates of Diploma of Visual Arts or equivalent
  • apply through VTAC or direct to Melbourne Polytechnic (Visual Arts)
  • selection is by interview - book here - with folio of recent creative work
  • attend an Information Night - nb: this is not a pre-requisite for entry to the course

Pathways to further study

Once you successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development, you can continue onto further studies to complete a degree in your specialist fine art field. Particularly, you may consider our unique, Bachelor of Illustration

Career Pathways

The type of careers this qualification leads to, include curator, digital artist, freelance artist, illustrator, painter, printmaker, self employment, sole trader in art and contemporary craft products, visual arts and craft professional

Enrolment Intake

  • February

International Students

Code

CUA60415

CRICOS Code

090497B

Campuses

PRESTON

Duration

Full-time: 12 months
Note: full-time course is 12 months. Part-time is also available, please discuss this option with your teacher or education and career advisor

Modes of Delivery

Studio Based, Research, Classroom

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $6525
  • Tuition fees per year: $13050
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Entrance Requirements


Academic: Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and a literacy and numeracy test.
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
Other: Completion of an Australian Diploma of Visual Arts. Applicants who have completed a diploma in a related field of study may still be accepted for direct entry to this course but are required to present a folio which should demonstrate the use of a range of materials and techniques, including a selection of illustrations, visual artwork, photography, freehand observational drawings, digital and other artwork.

Assessment Methods

Assessment by coursework

Materials

Some materials are provided, however due to the personal nature of the coursework students will need to set aside additional funds to purchase art materials as relevant to their particular project/product.

Pathways to further study

Once you successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development, you can continue onto further studies to complete a degree in your specialist fine art field. Particularly, you may consider our unique, Bachelor of Illustration

Career Pathways

The type of careers this qualification leads to, include curator, digital artist, freelance artist, illustrator, painter, printmaker, self employment, sole trader in art and contemporary craft products, visual arts and craft professional

Enrolment Intake

  • February
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Units Of Study

The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
BSBCRT403 Explore the history and social impact of creativity 50
BSBCRT601 Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity 65
BSBDES601 Manage design realisation 50
BSBDES801 Research and apply design theory 40
BSBMGT616 Develop and implement strategic plans 80
BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace 60
CUAACD601 Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools 60
CUACMP501 Manage copyright arrangements 20
CUADES601 Design innovative products 50
CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields 45
CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge 50
CUAPHI501 Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice 45
CUAPPR603 Engage in the business of creative practice 70
CUAPPR604 Publicly present a body of own creative work 60
CUAPPR605 Evolve ideas for professional creative work 50
CUARES602 Extend cultural research expertise 50

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.