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Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development

Code: CUA60415 Cricos: 090497B







12 months full time / available part time


12 months


Diploma of Visual Arts or equivalent. Interview. Interviews for Visual Arts courses will resume in September for courses starting in 2022.


Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. Diploma of Visual Arts. Interview.

Next Intake


Next Intake


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 CUA60415, 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 this take me

On completion of this course you may pursue careers such as:
  • Freelance Artist
  • Art Curator
  • Illustrator
  • Digital Artist
  • Creative Artist
  • Community Artist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Painter
  • Junior Printmaker
  • Arts Practitioner
  • Printmaker


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

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Studio Based
  • Research
  • Classroom

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
BSBCRT403 Explore the history and social impact of creativity Elective 50
BSBCRT601 Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity Elective 65
BSBDES601 Manage design realisation Elective 50
BSBDES801 Research and apply design theory Elective 40
BSBMGT616 Develop and implement strategic plans Elective 80
BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace Core 60
CUAACD601 Extend professional expertise with drawing and other tools Elective 60
CUACMP501 Manage and exploit copyright arrangements Core 20
CUADES601 Design innovative products Core 50
CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields Elective 45
CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge Core 50
CUAPHI501 Apply visual communication theories to photo imaging practice Elective 45
CUAPPR603 Engage in the business of creative practice Elective 70
CUAPPR604 Publicly present a body of creative work Elective 60
CUAPPR605 Evolve ideas for professional creative work Elective 50
CUARES602 Extend cultural research expertise Elective 50

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

I was studying fine art at university. I realised it didn't give me any industry experience. I looked Australia wide and found the Illustration course that best suited me which was Melbourne Polytechnic.
Emily Morgan
Diploma of Visual Arts CUA51115 (Illustration)

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $9400 $12250
Materials fee $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $9650 $12500
Per year $15100
Per semester $7550
Materials fee $

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 19 November 2020. 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.

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Additional expenses

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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 through VTAC or direct to Melbourne Polytechnic (Visual Arts)
  • selection is by interview with folio of recent creative work
  • Attend an interview. If you are interested in the February 2022 Intake, please make a booking before February.

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 attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you 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 03 9269 8400 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 +61 3 9269 8400

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