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Visual Arts

Certificate IV Of

Code: CUA41315 Cricos: 090412A

Overview

Campus

Preston, Prahran

Campus

Preston, Prahran

Duration

12 months full time / available part time

Duration

12 months full time / available part time

Requirements
Requirements

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. Interview.

Next Intake

April, September, Midyear

Next Intake

February, February, July

Extend your artistic practice

Our Certificate IV in Visual Arts course is designed to develop and extend skills and knowledge across a range of 2D art forms and develop skills and confidence in using a range of techniques. The course has a practical hands-on focus where students are provided with highly structured tasks and in-depth instruction by specialist subject teachers. By studying at Melbourne Polytechnic, you’ll be amongst Melbourne’s thriving visual arts scene, with over 100 art galleries in the metropolitan area alone.

Accelerate your 2D art skills

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Visual Arts will help you build upon foundational artistic techniques and refine your artistic practice. You’ll advance your skills in drawing, printmaking, painting, design and digital imaging, and learn new skills in photography and exhibition and installation. This broad range of media and processes will help you find your artistic strengths, and are supported by units in art history and professional practice. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Visual Arts department offers fully-equipped specialist studios, computer labs and dedicated classrooms for each artistic technique. You may also exhibit your work in our three on-campus art galleries. You’ll be taught by experienced, working artists with specialist knowledge. As part of your course, you will be involved in exhibitions, industry forums and workshops with professionals from across the arts industry. We maintain industry partnerships, including curators, gallery directors and arts business professionals, to prepare you for a career in the visual arts.

Exhibit yourself as an art graduate

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Visual Arts will expand your artistic practice across a variety of media and techniques, and develop your professional practice. Upon graduation, you’ll have a folio of work for self-promotion or further study. Successful Melbourne Polytechnic Certificate IV in Visual Arts graduates may articulate into our Diploma of Visual Arts, specialising in either Illustration, or Painting. Graduates may also enter the art sector as an assistant in art and contemporary craft contexts, such as a studio assistant, gallery assistant, or community arts projects supervisor or facilitator.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

This qualification can lead to careers in fields such as Assistant in art and contemporary craft contexts or related fields (e.g. Studio Assistant, Gallery Assistant, Community Arts Projects)
  • Studio Assistant
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Designer
  • Junior Designer
  • Junior Digital Content Creator
  • Printmaker
  • Junior Printmaker
  • Digital Content Creator

Pathways

When you successfully complete the Certificate IV in Visual Arts you will be able to articulate into Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Visual Arts CUA51115, specialising in either Illustration/Digital or Painting/Printmaking

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"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Class Schedule

Selected units or term blocks
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

Assessment Methods

Students will build a folio of work based on projects and class exercises. You will 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.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
CUAACD301 PRODUCE DRAWINGS TO COMMUNICATE IDEAS Core 80
BSBWHS201 CONTRIBUTE TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF SELF AND OTHERS Core 20
BSBDES301 EXPLORE THE USE OF COLOUR Core 40
CUAPRI401 EXPERIMENT WITH TECHNIQUES TO PRODUCE PRINTS Core 50
CUAPPR401 REALISE A CREATIVE PROJECT Core 60
CUAPRI301 PRODUCE PRINTS Core 50
CUAPPR405 DEVELOP AND DISCUSS THE IDEAS FOR OWN CREATIVE WORK Core 60
CUAPAI401 EXPERIMENT WITH TECHNIQUES TO PRODUCE PAINTINGS Core 50
CUAPPR404 DEVELOP SELF AS ARTIST Core 60
CUAILL401 DEVELOP AND REFINE ILLUSTRATIVE WORK Core 50
CUAPHI403 ENHANCE, MANIPULATE AND OUTPUT PHOTO IMAGES Core 80
CUAPPR407 SELECT AND PREPARE CREATIVE WORK FOR EXHIBITION Core 30
CUADIG405 PRODUCE INNOVATIVE DIGITAL DESIGNS Core 50
BSBDES401 GENERATE DESIGN SOLUTIONS Core 60
CUARES403 RESEARCH HISTORY AND THEORY TO INFORM OWN ARTS PRACTICE Core 70

Fees & Costs

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 1 November 2019. 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.

Tuition Fees
$3700.00 - $9550.00
$7200 per semester
$14400 per year
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

Students are required to purchase a basic art materials kit as part of their studies. The kits are available for order through a supplier at a discounted rate. The costs are approximately $200-$500 depending on the course area – please see order form for details. Students are required to purchase a basic art materials kit as part of their studies. The kits are available for order via an elected supplier who packs them at discounted rate. The costs are approximately $200-$500 depending on the course area – please see order form for details.

Book an interview

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

Requirements

  • Apply through VTAC or direct to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • VCE applicants selected by ATAR or interview/folio presentation
  • Non-VCE applicants selected by interview/folio presentation

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
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: Applicants are required to have a demonstrated interest in the visual arts field.

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

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 of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs 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.

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and support you on your education journey.

To enrol in this course you are asked to attend an interview and folio presentation with one of our Creative Arts staff to ensure that this is the right course for you.

All future international students will need to complete the short application form. After this, you will be redirected to the full enrollment application form and provide further documentation and forms specifically for International Students. Following this, you will be contacted by a member of the International Office who will support you in the next steps.

You'll find a step-by-step guide to enrolling for international admissions here

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 03 9269 8400