Personalised for LOCAL students.
Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.
Personalised for INTERNATIONAL students.
International student means; you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

Visual Arts Folio Presentation

Your folio is your artistic fingerprint.

Your portfolio should have at least six to eight images of visual art work you have created. We like to see a variety of works that demonstrate your interests and creative thinking, as well as your conceptual and technical skills. Submitting a selection of work that displays your creative potential is recommended.

For example, drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, public art ideas, models, sculptures, visual diary excerpts, sound and video.

A folio isn’t required for the Certificate III in Visual Arts CUA31115 but we encourage you to bring a small folio so we can access your skills and discuss your options at interview.

How to prepare

  • Organise your work into a flat folio (rolled up work is not a good idea)
  • Separate your work into categories 
  • All work must be dry
  • Pastel/charcoal works must be fixed
  • If you have work that is too large to transport, bring in photographs with the dimensions labelled on the back
  • Digital folios are OK. If you are presenting a digital folio you should preload it onto your own device with a sizeable screen such as a laptop.

On the day

  • When you arrive for your interview, you'll be met by the Visual Arts admin.
  • Arrive in plenty of time, so you can find the right location and so you're not rushing.
  • In the interview, we'll look at your portfolio and ask you questions that relate to the conceptual and technical dimensions of the work. We might ask you about recent exhibitions you've seen, your favourite artists, what you know about the industry and what plans you have once you've completed the course.
  • We understand you might be nervous in the interview so please remember our staff are very approachable and are interested in learning more about your work and answering questions you might have.
  • We're looking for students who demonstrate a commitment and enthusiasm for the arts and their chosen area. Motivation and dedication are highly regarded.

Visit the Preston Campus page for travel info and campus map. 

If you have any further questions after the interview, call the Visual Arts Department on 03 9269 1551 or 03 9269 1623 and we will be happy to answer your enquiry.

We look forward to seeing your work.

Further Information

Phone: 03 9269 1551

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Visual Arts Courses

Certificate III in Visual Arts CUA31115
Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
The Certificate III in Visual Arts CUA31115 course is designed to introduce students to a range of 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.
Certificate IV in Visual Arts CUA41315
Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
Job Trainer VTAC Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
The Certificate IV in Visual Arts CUA41315 course is designed to develop and extend skills and knowledge across a range of art forms. The course has a practical hands-on focus with in-depth instruction from specialist subject teachers.
Diploma of Visual Arts - Painting Printmaking CUA51115
Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
VTAC Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
Push the boundaries of your art practice and develop your artistic skills and techniques. Work towards becoming a painter or printmaker in our Diploma of Visual Arts CUA51115 at Melbourne Polytechnic. Be bold and brave – follow your passion. It could lead anywhere.
Diploma of Visual Arts - Illustration CUA51115
Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
VTAC Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
Push the boundaries of your art practice and develop your artistic skills and techniques. Work towards becoming an illustrator or designer in our Diploma of Visual Arts CUA51115 at Melbourne Polytechnic. Be bold and brave – follow your passion, it could lead anywhere.
Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development CUA60415
Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
The Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development CUA60415 is designed to prepare you to make a smooth transition into a professional practice, working in an industry-related role or in a freelance capacity.
Bachelor of Illustration
Visual Art, Higher Education - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield
VTAC Visual Art, Higher Education - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield
Let the Bachelor of Illustration at Melbourne Polytechnic draw you in. Develop your practical skills and knowledge to a high level and engage in research based practice that will enhance your capacity to see the world in a different way. This unique degree also addresses business practice and opportunities for entrepreneurship in today’s creative arts industry