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Diploma of Illustration




The course develops skills appropriate to the diverse illustration industry though classroom projects.

Students gain experience in editorial, advertising, promotional and book illustration using such media as gouache, acrylic and oil paint, mixed media and technology. Drawing, context and culture, design and new media units support core illustration study. Creativity, innovation and individuality are fostered in the course as well as highly developed visual communication problem solving skills.

Career opportunities include:

  • book illustration and publishing
  • editorial and print media
  • advertising industry
  • design industry
  • digital communication
  • natural history and scientific illustration
  • game illustration / web design
  • fashion / retail / textile industry
  • animation

Diploma of Visual Arts – Painting or Photo Media




This course aims to prepare people for a freelance career within the fine art fields of painting, printmaking and photography.

The course includes a range of specialist practical and theoretical subjects, plus several Arts Business modules. It has been developed in conjunction with industry with the intention of training individuals who will be innovative, creative and successful as self-sufficient artists across this broad field.

Career opportunities include:

  • exhibiting artists and Image Makers
  • arts education
  • arts management
  • arts administration (Curatorial and Gallery)
  • community artist
  • media industry
  • artists in residence (Schools and Universities)
  • public artist

Entrance Requirements

Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent, or mature age entry. All prospective students attend an interview where they present a folio of their work. This folio should contain a variety of art works which demonstrate a range of techniques and materials.

Creative Product Development




The Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development is a new national qualification for visual artists.

Students will extend their art practice through continued and more focussed study in their chosen field in areas such as painting, printmaking, photography and illustration.

The course will run from Melbourne Polytechnic's Preston campus, with other facilities at the Epping campus. Students will be able to access staff as they require and set up a course of study to suit themselves, in consultation with their lecturers.

Studio spaces will be provided and students will be able to freely access the department’s facilities.

The course has three subject areas: Studio Practice, Art Theory and Business. In these areas, lectures, workshops and tutorials will be programmed. In addition, students will be able to work in their studio areas as they wish.

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