Courses

Diploma of Visual Arts

Illustration

Push the boundaries of your art practice and develop your artistic skills and techniques. Work towards becoming an illustrator or designer in our Diploma of Visual Arts at Melbourne Polytechnic. Be bold and brave – follow your passion, it could lead anywhere.

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Turn your passion into a passionate career

Our Diploma of Visual Arts combines specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms.

Practice at this level is underpinned by arts theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. You will also have the opportunity to discuss and expand on complex ideas around the art of illustration.

You could work in a wide range of contexts including being self-employed, or working in the arts sector, government, community and commercial organisations.

Illustration Stream – Diploma of Visual Arts

The Illustration stream prepares you to work in the communication arts industries, in both printed and online formats. You could also find working opportunities within the advertising and marketing sectors.

You’ll receive advanced training in drawing, applied history and theory, and business skills.

Learn the crucial skills necessary to coordinate group exhibitions as part of an arts business strategy. You’ll learn the process from concept development through to the logistics of gallery operations, as well as the design of promotional material.

A range of industry sponsors support our end-of-year exhibition programs. You will have the opportunity to extend your networks and industry contacts.

Industry connections and resources

Your classes will be taught by specialist subject teachers. The course includes a component of timetabled studio access for personal research and class preparation.

You will have access to well-resourced specialist studios and classrooms for each subject area (drawing, printmaking, painting, digital images, design, history and theory).

Melbourne Polytechnic has excellent gallery venues for industry-sponsored exhibitions.

Course outcomes

As a graduate, you will have a direct pathway into the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development, where you can focus on a personal year-long project with mentor support and access to department facilities. Many of our past graduates have successfully applied for Bachelor studies at university level on the basis of their folio works from the Diploma year.

Melbourne Polytechnic alumni boast many successful illustrators and exhibiting artists. Some of them have returned as teachers in our Diploma programs to share their professional industry expertise.

Course stream/Focus of study

  • Professional level
  • Applied history and theory
  • Creative practice
  • Digital imaging
  • Drawing
  • Health and safety
  • Illustration
  • Professional practice
  • Sustainability

Assessment

You will be assessed through your course work and folio presentation.

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.

Contact

For any additional information on the Diploma of Visual Arts (Illustration Stream), please contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Career Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

Local Students

Code

CUA51115

VTAC Code

Preston 6900610184, Prahran 6900810184

Campuses

PRESTON, PRAHRAN

Department

Visual Arts
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 months

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

Blended, Studio Based, Classroom

Fees for 2017

Eligible:$8850
Ineligible:$14550

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

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is by course work and folio presentation.

Entrance Requirements

  • Certificate IV in Visual Arts or demonstrated equivalent skills or knowledge
  • apply through VTAC or direct to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • all applicants selected by interview/folio presentation

Pathways to further study

When you graduate from the Diploma of Visual Arts, Illustration course you will be able to articulate into Melbourne Polytechnic's Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development, or you can apply for degree courses in fine art, particularly Melbourne Polytechnic's unique Bachelor of Illustration

Career Pathways

Successful graduation from this course may lead to such careers as - Arts Administrator, Arts Practitioner, Community Artist, Creative Artist, Digital Artist, Gallery Assistant or Illustrator

Enrolment Intake

  • February

International Students

Code

CUA51115

CRICOS Code

090445C

Campuses

PRESTON, PRAHRAN

Duration

Full-time: 12 months

Modes of Delivery

Blended, Studio Based, Classroom

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 recognised equivalency
Other: Applicants are required to have proven interest in the visual arts field*
*Applicants seeking direct entry to the Diploma of Visual Arts 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 is by course work and folio presentation.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Please consider:
$500.00 AUD (approximately) - you will be required to purhcase a personal Art Materials and Safety Kit

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $6200
  • Tuition fees per year: $12400
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Pathways to further study

When you graduate from the Diploma of Visual Arts, Illustration course you will be able to articulate into Melbourne Polytechnic's Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development, or you can apply for degree courses in fine art, particularly Melbourne Polytechnic's unique Bachelor of Illustration

Career Pathways

Successful graduation from this course may lead to such careers as - Arts Administrator, Arts Practitioner, Community Artist, Creative Artist, Digital Artist, Gallery Assistant or Illustrator

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
BSBLIB504 Develop exhibition concepts 50
CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools 70
CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes 70
CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques 80
CUADRA501 Refine drawing techniques 80
CUAILL501 Develop professional illustrations 70
CUAILL502 Refine illustration techniques 70
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work 80
CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice 35
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work 60
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice 30
CUAPPR601 Originate a body of independent creative work 75
CUAPPR606 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level 80
CUARES502 Critique cultural works 50
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory 70

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.