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Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development

Code: CUA60420 CRICOS: 111060J



1 year full time / 2 years part time


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Take your creative practice to the next level

The creative arts industry continues to grow in Australia, offering a broad range of opportunities for visual artists.This course is designed to prepare students to make a smooth transition into a professional practice, working in an industry-related role or in a freelance capacity. It will help you apply your current skills and knowledge to the development of a self-directed project/product such as a solo exhibition, industry portfolio or published work.

Design, develop, exhibit

As a student in our Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development CUA60420, you will have access to your own studio on campus, as well as mentors who will provide critical and constructive feedback, technical advice and assistance with the design and development of your individual work.

This course focuses on building your employability options, current industry knowledge, ability to realise project goals and establish an ongoing practice. We build upon the skills you attained at Diploma level, and our past graduates have produced targeted folios (to approach industry clients), secured publishing deals, established unique online stores, attended international trade fairs and created substantial bodies of work for exhibition.

You will be involved in exhibitions, industry forums and workshops that provide opportunities to extend the audience for your work and develop connections with industry.

Career Pathways

Where will the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development CUA60420 take me?

On completion of this course you may pursue careers such as:

  • Illustrator
  • Digital Artist
  • Printmaker
  • Community Artist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Creative Artist
  • Freelance Artist
  • Painter
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Art Curator

Study Pathways

Once you successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development, you can continue onto further studies to complete a degree in your specialist field. You can also articulate directly into second year of our Bachelor of Illustration

I didn’t realise how many opportunities were out there until I did this course. Exploring those options through briefs have made me realize that you can profit from your artwork. I’d love to go into background design for animation.
Emily Morgan
Visual Arts (Illustration) Graduate
Portrait of Emily Morgan

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Studio Based

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Assessment Methods

You will build a folio of work based on projects and class exercises and be assessed on completed projects and final folio submissions.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace Core 60
CUAACD532 Create observational drawings Elective 60
CUAACD611 Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools Elective 60
CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements Core 20
CUADES601 Design innovative products Core 50
CUADES611 Manage design realisation Core 60
CUADES612 Research global design trends Elective 30
CUADES801 Research and apply design theory Elective 40
CUAIND411 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields Elective 45
CUAIND512 Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge Core 60
CUAPHI531 Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice Elective 55
CUAPPR612 Collaborate in professional creative projects Elective 50
CUAPPR613 Engage in the business of creative practice Elective 80
CUAPPR614 Publicly present a body of own creative work Elective 60
CUAPPR615 Evolve ideas for professional creative work Elective 50
CUARES612 Extend cultural research expertise Elective 50

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $10600 $13800
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $10850 $14050
Per year $18600
Per semester $9300

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Some materials are provided, however due to the personal nature of the coursework students will need to set aside additional funds to purchase art materials as relevant to their particular project/product.
Some materials are provided, however due to the personal nature of the coursework students will need to set aside additional funds to purchase art materials as relevant to their particular project/product.

Book an interview

This course requires an interview for entry. Please make a booking for your interview time by clicking book an interview


  • open to graduates of Diploma of Visual Arts or equivalent
  • apply directly to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • all applicants selected by interview/folio presentation
  • attend an interview.

Academic: Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and a literacy and numeracy test.
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: Completion of an Australian Diploma of Visual Arts. Applicants who have completed a diploma in a related field of study may still be accepted for direct entry to this course but 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.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

You will be asked to attend an interview to ensure that this is the right course for you.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to enrol online or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

Diploma students may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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