Certificate III in Visual Arts


The Certificate III in Visual Arts course is designed to introduce students to a range of art forms and develop skills and confidence in using a range of techniques. The course has a practical hands-on focus where students are provided with highly structured tasks and in-depth instruction by specialist subject teachers.

Course Units

Printmaking introduction to a variety of printmaking techniques and processes, including monoprints, linocuts and dry point.

Drawing introduces students to a range to strategies to aid observational drawing techniques in order to develop skills, confidence and a solid approach to the drawing process.

Painting/History outlines the basics about painting materials, equipment and techniques while looking at how paintings have been made in the past. Relationships with historical models are established to inform how students respond to current painting practice.

Design explores the basic elements and principles of design through a variety of creative projects.

Creative Practice explores a variety of media and techniques whilst developing skills working in small groups to plan and produce a number of collaborative projects.

Digital Imaging introduces students to the basic tools and functions of Adobe Photoshop.

OHS/Critical Thinking outlines health and safety considerations relevant to the visual arts and introduces students to new ideas and new ways of thinking about art.

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

Develop Skills and Confidence

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 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

Course stream/Focus of study

  • History and theory
  • Creative practice and critical thinking
  • Digital imaging and design
  • Drawing
  • Health and safety
  • Painting
  • Printmaking

Course outcomes

You will explore a variety of media and techniques, learn essential skills and develop your confidence. Students produce a folio of work for self-promotion or further study. Articulation into the Cerificate IV in Visual Arts is available.


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.

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..

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Full-time: 9 months
6 months - fast track.

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 Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Studio Practice, Classroom



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. 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

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

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


Students are required to purchase a basic art materials kit as part of their studies. The kits are available for order via an elected supplier who packs them at discounted rate. The costs are approximately $200-$500 depending on the course area – please see order form for details.

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. Book an interview here.

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

  • April
  • July
  • September

Units Of Study

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
BSBCRT101 Apply critical thinking techniques 20
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others 20
CUAACD201 Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas 60
CUADIG305 Produce digital images 50
CUADRA301 Produce drawings 50
CUAPAI301 Produce paintings 50
CUAPPR301 Produce creative work 45
CUAPPR304 Participate in collaborative creative projects 50
CUAPRI201 Develop printmaking skills 50
CUARES301 Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice 50

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.