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Visual Arts

Certificate IV in

Code: CUA41315 Cricos: 090412A
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Prahran, Preston

Campus

Prahran, Preston

Duration

12 months full time / available part time

Duration

12 months full time / available part time

Requirements

Attend an interview.

Requirements

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

Next Intake

February, April, July, September

Next Intake

April, September

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 with instruction from 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.

Consolidate you skills

Our 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, illustration, printmaking, painting, design and digital imaging and photography. This broad range of media and processes will help you find your artistic strengths, and is supported by units in art history and professional practice.

Our Visual Arts program offers fully-equipped specialist studios, computer labs and dedicated classrooms for each artistic technique. You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work in 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.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Graduates may enter the art sector as an assistant in art and contemporary craft contexts.
  • Studio Assistant
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Community Arts Project Supervisor
  • Community Arts Project Facilitator

Pathways

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 CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts, specialising in either Illustration or Painting/Printmaking.

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. 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.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Blended
  • Studio Based
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Tuesday to Friday

Assessment Methods

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

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.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $740 $3700 $9550
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $915 $3950 $9800
Per year $14400
Per semester $7200

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.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

Fees explained

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

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20% of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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
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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.

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.

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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