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Diploma of Visual Arts

Illustration

VTAC Code: CUA51115 CRICOS: 090445C VTAC Number: Preston 6900610184

Overview

Campus

Preston

Campus

Preston

Duration

1 year full time / available part time

Duration

12 months

Next Intake

January, February

Next Intake

January, February

Channel your creativity

Follow your passion with our Diploma of Visual Arts CUA51115 the ideal course if you are looking to work as a creative professional. Our Illustration stream allows you to plan and develop a body of work with a focus on illustration, digital imaging and drawing. Focusing on your technical, creative and conceptual skills, this course will help you push the boundaries of your practice to develop your artistic skills and techniques.

Develop your skills as an illustrator

The Illustration stream of the Diploma of Visual Arts CUA51115 includes advanced training in traditional studio techniques such as; drawing, illustration and digital imaging, applied history and theory, and business and professional practice skills. You’ll learn to critically analyse information with opportunities to expand on complex ideas for your own work. We offer specialist studios, dedicated classrooms for each subject area, and gallery spaces to ensure that you are supported in your creative endeavours.

You'll also have many opportunities throughout the year to grow your professional networks through industry forums, guest speakers and workshops, as well as your industry-sponsored graduate exhibition.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Graduates of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Visual Arts learn the artistic process from concept development through to the logistics of exhibiting their own work. You may find opportunities to work in a wide range of creative and professional contexts in commercial, government or community sectors or choose to focus on your own practice as a freelancer.
  • Arts Professional
  • Arts Administrator
  • Community Artist
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Illustrator
  • Digital Artist

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Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Blended learning
  • Studio Based
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

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
BSBLIB504 DEVELOP EXHIBITION CONCEPTS Elective 50
CUAACD501 REFINE DRAWING AND OTHER VISUAL REPRESENTATION TOOLS Core 70
CUAACD506 REFINE 2-D IDEAS AND PROCESSES Elective 70
CUADIG508 REFINE DIGITAL ART TECHNIQUES Elective 80
CUADRA501 REFINE DRAWING TECHNIQUES Elective 80
CUAILL501 DEVELOP PROFESSIONAL ILLUSTRATIONS Elective 70
CUAILL502 REFINE ILLUSTRATION TECHNIQUES Elective 70
CUAPPR501 REALISE A BODY OF CREATIVE WORK Core 80
CUAPPR502 DEVELOP OWN SUSTAINABLE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Core 35
CUAPPR503 PRESENT A BODY OF OWN CREATIVE WORK Core 60
CUAPPR505 ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN SAFE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Core 30
CUAPPR601 ORIGINATE A BODY OF INDEPENDENT CREATIVE WORK Elective 75
CUAPPR606 EXTEND EXPERTISE IN A SPECIALISED ART FORM TO A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL Elective 80
CUARES502 CRITIQUE CULTURAL WORKS Elective 50
CUARES503 ANALYSE CULTURAL HISTORY AND THEORY Core 70
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)
Portrait of Emily Morgan

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $10850 $14450
Materials fee $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $11100 $14700
Per year $18004
Per semester $9002

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 1 November 2021. 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.

Fees explained

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

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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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.

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Please consider:
$500.00 AUD (approximately) - you will be required to purchase a personal Art Materials and Safety Kit

Book an interview

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

Requirements

  • Certificate IV in Visual Arts or demonstrated equivalent skills or knowledge
  • apply through VTAC or direct to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • all applicants selected by interview/folio presentation
  • Attend an interview. Interviews for Visual Arts courses will resume in September for courses starting in 2022.
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 proven interest in the visual arts field*
*Applicants seeking direct entry to the Diploma of Visual Arts 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 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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