Certificate III in Visual Arts


Push the boundaries of your creative practice. We give you the head start you need in the competitive world of art and design. Our practical course will teach you foundational skills and critical thinking to broaden your career opportunities.


This course has a one year, three days a week option or an intensive six-month option with a midyear intake.

Push the artistic limits

The Certificate III in Visual Arts encourages you to develop a range of Visual Arts skills and to take responsibility for your outputs in work and learning. Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of introductory art theory and history.

The course is an excellent introductory program that will allow you to develop foundation skills and knowledge relevant to visual arts practice. You’ll develop a range of skills and investigate potential strengths before embarking onto more advanced and specialised programs.

Industry connections and resources

Our specialist subject teachers are passionate about your learning and realising your potential – so come prepared with lots of research ideas and leads.

You will work in well-resourced specialist studios and classrooms for each subject area (drawing, printmaking, painting, digital images, photography, design, history and theory), and network with other like-minded students.

Course stream/Focus of study

  • Applied history and theory
  • Collaboration
  • Creative practice and critical thinking
  • Digital imaging and design
  • Drawing
  • Health and safety
  • Painting and printmaking
  • Course outcomes

    You will explore a variety of media, learn essential skills and produce a sharp portfolio of work that could be used for self-promotion or further study.


    You will build a folio of work based on projects and class exercises. You will be assessed on completed projects and final folio submissions.

    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.

    Fast Track Option

    Midyear applicants can also choose a fast-track option. Classes will be held 4 days per week to complete the course in 6 months. The course starts on Monday 17 July 2017.

    Entry is by interview. Presentation of a folio is not required but applicants are welcome to bring examples of work completed. Book an interview ASAP or contact an ECA for information about fees and dates of enrolment sessions..


    For any additional information or help with your application for the Certificate III in Visual Arts, please contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Career Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

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03 9269 8400


Full-time: 8 months

three days per week over three terms, starting in May

Part-time: available

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - 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 Practice, Classroom



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 Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Students will build a folio of work based on projects and class exercises

Entrance Requirements

You need to demonstrate an interest in the Visual Arts. No folio is required. You will need to attend an interview with the Visual Arts Program Lead.

Pathways to further study

Once you successfully complete the course you will be able to articulate into Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA50715) or the Certificate IV in Visual Arts (CUA41315).

Career Pathways

Folio Preparation for Further Studies. Entry level positions in Visual Arts Industries

Enrolment Intake

  • May
  • July
  • September

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.