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Illustration is a form of commercial art that seeks to embellish and explain concepts presented in books, advertising, signage, posters, product packaging and promotional materials.

Study Illustration with us and you will gain experience in book illustration, painting and printmaking, digital imaging, editorial illustration, freehand drawing and computer technologies. Advertising and promotion skills are also covered in our Illustration Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs – ideal for setting up your own business.

You will also have the opportunity to develop your folio and exhibit in Melbourne Polytechnic's galleries.

Career paths include:

  • editorial
  • advertising
  • graphic design
  • book and magazine illustration
  • botanical and natural history illustration
  • multimedia
  • animation (computer and film)
  • social commentary (comics or cartooning)
  • character design and illustration
  • concept design
  • 3D illustration.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers various pathways for you to further your studies. Many courses complement each other and will allow you to gain deeper knowledge and higher qualifications. 

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. Our first intake is May 2017!

Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games
Don't play around, make gaming your career! If you love digital interactivity and want to make a career of it, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games provides the foundation to make your gaming dreams come true.

Certificate IV in Visual Arts
Extend and develop your creative practice – think about how to explore your research questions within the visual medium. Our Certificate IV in Visual Arts is a hands-on course in painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, photo media and digital media. You can also use these skills to gain work in related fields such as advertising, marketing, design and teaching.

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.

Associate Degree of Illustration
Melbourne Polytechnic's Associate Degree of Illustration is a two-year course that provides an embedded exit point within the Bachelor of Illustration.

Bachelor of the Built Environment
The Bachelor of the Built Environment provides you with advanced knowledge of design and architecture, building construction techniques, client briefs, sustainable principals and substantial knowledge about the practice of architecture.

Bachelor of Illustration
Let the Bachelor of Illustration at Melbourne Polytechnic draw you in. Develop your practical skills and knowledge to a high level and engage in research based practice that will enhance your capacity to see the world in a different way. This unique degree also addresses business practice and opportunities for entrepreneurship in today’s creative arts industry

Master of Creative Industries
We are pleased to introduce our latest post-graduate course - the Master of Creative Industries (MCI). The MCI aims to strengthen your knowledge of applied creative research, critical thinking and to extend your practice. These skills are vital to succeed within the competitive creative industries - enrol with us to get ahead, and stay ahead.

Short Courses
Children's Book Illustration - Introduction

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