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The award
Certificate IV

How long you will study
12 Months

Domestic course fees
AUD 9200 per year

How you will study

Course starts
find out

International course fees
AUD 13050 per year

All study options

About Visual Arts at Melbourne Polytechnic

Drawing aims to develop student’s observational and technical skills along with an awareness of the visual elements within the drawing process.

Illustration introduces students to the process of making art for commercial purposes. Various basic methods and principles are covered from the brief through to the final product. Conceptual and technical skills are used and developed to create illustrations based on industry related briefs.

Painting students are introduced to the basic materials, equipment and techniques of painting through class exercises to give them the confidence to produce their own paintings for each of the four projects.

Digital introduces students to bitmap and vector environments using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. A variety of tools and techniques are covered including; digital painting, image manipulation, vector illustration using pen tool, and photomontage.

Printmaking introduces students to a range of printmaking tools, techniques and processes including linocut, multi-block, dry point and hard ground. Skills acquisition leads into the development of concepts through a final personal project.

Photography explores photography as an artistic medium and includes both darkroom and digital projects.

History a series of lectures and activities providing a basic introduction to art history, context and culture.

Exhibition practical projects and excursions exploring how installation/presentation affects meaning and informs the viewer’s understanding of art.

OHS/Professional Practice outlines health and safety issues relevant to working in the visual arts and a range of topics concerning professional arts practice.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardCertificate IVHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course starts find outDomestic course feesAUD 9200 per yearInternational course feesAUD 13050 per year

Notes about fees for this course

As a domestic/local student, you may be eligible for a Victorian Government subsidy. Check with the institution if you want more information about this.

Entry requirements

Melbourne Polytechnic minimum academic level differs depending on the course. Most certificate and diploma level courses require evidence of completion to studies equivalent to Australian Year 11 or 12, bachelor degree courses require evidence of completion to studies equivalent to Australian Year 12, and master degree courses require evidence of completion to studies AQF (Australian) Bachelor degree or overseas equivalent.

If you do not meet Melbourne Polytechnic’s academic entry-level requirements but have acquired skills or knowledge relevant to your chosen course, you may apply as a mature age student. A mature age student is considered to be over 18 years old, and has been out of full-time education for at least one year.

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