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Develop your own arts practice, express yourself in a creative medium, and learn about the arts business – our range of industry relevant courses will bring your career into the foreground.

Did you know that (according to the Australian Council’s Artfacts) Australian households spend more money on paintings, carvings and sculptures than computer games or sporting tickets?

The visual arts is well recognised and valued in Australia. Also with a growing computer and video game industry, illustration and computer design are highly valued work skills too.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a wide variety of visual art courses that emphasise innovation, self-sufficiency and industry relevance. Our courses are taught by industry experienced teachers who are passionate about their student's learning. We have studios and galleries for you to develop and exhibit your work in. You'll learn how to market your work and yourself as an artist.

You will gain these skills and knowledge in:

  • Arts business practices
  • Advanced drawing, painting, printmaking and photographic techniques
  • Digital imaging
  • Health, safety and security
  • Legal and copyright issues
  • Selecting and preparing work for exhibition
  • Sustainable work practices
  • Thematically connected paintings and prints

We have two permanent galleries at our Preston and Fairfield campuses, with student exhibitions throughout the year. You’ll also have the opportunity to show your work in external industry exhibitions. Our graduates have gone on to become successful exhibiting artists.

Courses
Certificate III in Hairdressing - Non-Apprenticeship
Establish your career in the creative industry of hairstyling and earn while you learn. Our popular Certificate III in Hairdressing will build on your interest in current hair styles and fast-track you to an exciting career as a fully qualified hair dresser. This is full-time course is offered to local and international students.

Certificate III in Hairdressing - Apprenticeship
Establish your career in the creative industry of hairstyling and earn while you learn. Our Certificate III in Hairdressing, Apprenticeship stream allows you to build on your interest in current hair styles and fast-track to an exciting career as a fully qualified hairdresser.

Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture - Non-Apprenticeship
Turn your passion for creating beautiful jewellery into a rewarding career. Our nationally accredited Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture runs at our Jewellery Centre - learn techniques, knowledge and expertise from our dedicated teachers.

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 Photography and Photo Imaging
Develop your photographic eye with a qualification recognised as one of the best in the industry. Develop your technical skills, conceptual thinking, photographic eye and produce a sharp portfolio to get yourself ahead, and stay ahead.

Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing
Pick up your pen or laptop – write your future career. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing prepares you for a career in the publishing industries. Work hard to develop your writing, voice, tone, editing and print production skills. Get your work published and immerse yourself within the literary world.

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 Graphic Design
Design a bright future for yourself. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Graphic Design offers you hands-on practical skills integrated with design processes and theory. Gain a solid grounding for future employment and ensure your knowledge of the fundamentals of graphic design.

Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (Costume for Performance)
Turn your costume-making talent into a career. Our Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services - Costume for Performance stream prepares you for freelance costume-making work or employment in a costume workroom. Create the look and feel of costumes - articulate your designs into visual expressions on the stage.

Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging
Develop your photographic eye with a qualification recognised as one of the best in the industry. Push the boundaries of your creative practice, learn new photographic techniques and how to market yourself – we’ll get you on track to working in the industry today.

Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing
Be bold and brilliant - Write the next chapter of your career by completing Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing. Develop your writing skills and publish your work.

Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-Up Services)
Would you like to work on film sets, TV studios and in the theatre? Discover how our Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services stream) can help you exceed your goals. Learn about the transformative powers of prosthetics and makeover your career.

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

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.

Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development
Enhance and develop your creative practice with our Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development. Designed with industry insight, you will learn advanced technical, creative and conceptual skills. After completing one of our diploma level qualifications (art, design, illustration, photography) enrich your practice and professional opportunitites.

Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
Guarantee your future with our Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design. This course has an excellent reputation in the graphic design industry, boasting real employment opportunities for graduates through our widespread industry networks.

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 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
Silversmithing
CAD for Jewellery
Children's Book Illustration - Introduction
Intermediate Jewellery
Jewellery Enamelling
Gem Setting
Basic Digital Camera
Introductory Jewellery


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