Courses

Certificate IV in Visual Arts

CUA41315

The Certificate IV in Visual Arts course is designed to develop and extend skills and knowledge across a range of art forms. The course has a practical hands-on focus where students are provided with structured tasks and in-depth instruction by specialist subject teachers.

Course Units

Drawing aims to develop student’s observational and technical skills along with an awareness of the visual elements within the drawing process.

Illustration introduces students to the process of making art for commercial purposes. Various basic methods and principles are covered from the brief through to the final product. Conceptual and technical skills are used and developed to create illustrations based on industry related briefs.

Painting students are introduced to the basic materials, equipment and techniques of painting through class exercises to give them the confidence to produce their own paintings for each of the four projects.

Digital introduces students to bitmap and vector environments using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. A variety of tools and techniques are covered including; digital painting, image manipulation, vector illustration using pen tool, and photomontage.

Printmaking introduces students to a range of printmaking tools, techniques and processes including linocut, multi-block, dry point and hard ground. Skills acquisition leads into the development of concepts through a final personal project.

Photography explores photography as an artistic medium and includes both darkroom and digital projects.

History a series of lectures and activities providing a basic introduction to art history, context and culture.

Exhibition practical projects and excursions exploring how installation/presentation affects meaning and informs the viewer’s understanding of art.

OHS/Professional Practice outlines health and safety issues relevant to working in the visual arts and a range of topics concerning professional arts practice.

Develop and extend your skills

Students are assisted to develop and extend their skills across a wide range of fine art and commercial art/design areas. You will gain experience in a broad cross-section of 2D art forms, including painting, printmaking, drawing, illustration, digital art and photo media.

Our sequenced eight-week blocks enable you to focus on particular areas of the Visual Arts. The advantage of this is that you accelerate skills development in each area and it facilitates partial completion of the course term-by-term rather than making you wait for results at the end of the program.

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 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.

Course stream/Focus of study

  • Pre-professional level
  • Art History
  • Digital imaging
  • Drawing
  • Health and safety
  • Professional Practice
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Illustation

Pathways to further study

When you successfully complete the Certificate IV in Visual Arts you will be able to articulate into Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Visual Arts, specialising in either Illustration, or Painting.

You may also be considered for entry into a particular stream, after partial completion of the Certificate IV.

Assessment

You will build a folio of work based on projects and class exercises and are 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.

Local Students

Code

CUA41315

VTAC Code

Preston 6900610184
Prahran 6900810184

Campuses

Preston, Prahran

Department

Visual Arts
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 months

Part-time: available
Selected units or term blocks

Class Schedule: *

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

Blended, Studio Based, Online, Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$3550
Ineligible:$9200
Concession:$710

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

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Assessment Methods

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

Materials

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

  • Apply through VTAC or direct to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • VCE applicants selected by ATAR or interview/folio presentation
  • Non-VCE applicants selected by interview/folio presentation
  • Book an interview here and bring your folio

Pathways to further study

When you successfully complete the Certificate IV in Visual Arts you will be able to articulate into Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Visual Arts CUA51115, specialising in either Illustration or Painting

Career Pathways

This qualification can lead to careers in fields such as Assistant in Art and Contemporary Craft contexts, or related fields (e.g. Studio Assistant, Gallery Assistant, Community Arts Projects)

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • April
  • July
  • September

International Students

Code

CUA41315

CRICOS Code

090412A

Campuses

Preston, Prahran

Duration

Full-time: 12 months

Modes of Delivery

Blended, Studio Based, Online, Classroom

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $6850
  • Tuition fees per year: $13700
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Entrance Requirements


Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
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: Applicants are required to have a demonstrated interest in the visual arts field.

Assessment Methods

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

Materials

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.

Pathways to further study

When you successfully complete the Certificate IV in Visual Arts you will be able to articulate into Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Visual Arts CUA51115, specialising in either Illustration or Painting

Career Pathways

This qualification can lead to careers in fields such as Assistant in Art and Contemporary Craft contexts, or related fields (e.g. Studio Assistant, Gallery Assistant, Community Arts Projects)

Enrolment Intake

  • February
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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
BSBDES301 EXPLORE THE USE OF COLOUR 40
BSBDES401 GENERATE DESIGN SOLUTIONS 60
BSBWHS201 CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTH AND SAFETY OF SELF AND OTHERS 20
CUAACD301 PRODUCE DRAWINGS TO COMMUNICATE IDEAS 80
CUADIG405 PRODUCE INNOVATIVE DIGITAL IMAGES 50
CUAILL401 DEVELOP AND REFINE ILLUSTRATIVE WORK 50
CUAPAI401 EXPERIMENT WITH TECHNIQUES TO PRODUCE PAINTINGS 50
CUAPHI403 ENHANCE, MANIPULATE AND OUTPUT PHOTO IMAGES 80
CUAPPR401 REALISE A CREATIVE PROJECT 60
CUAPPR404 DEVELOP SELF AS ARTIST 60
CUAPPR405 DEVELOP AND DISCUSS IDEAS FOR OWN CREATIVE WORK 60
CUAPPR407 SELECT AND PREPARE CREATIVE WORK FOR EXHIBITION 30
CUAPRI301 PRODUCE PRINTS 50
CUAPRI401 EXPERIMENT WITH TECHNIQUES TO PRODUCE PRINTS 50
CUARES403 RESEARCH HISTORY AND THEORY TO INFORM OWN ARTS PRACTICE 70

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.