Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts
The 1-year diploma offers both practical and theoretical courses, which have been developed in conjunction with the arts industry. It is designed to prepare you for a career in the visual arts or other related creative fields.
A major focus is the production of a professional folio of work that reflects your personal creativity. The folio will display a sequential development, with emphasis on the acquisition of skills and the adaptation of those skills to the production of artworks with a sound personal philosophical base.
The program is developed around the idea of contemporary arts practitioners as multi-disciplined. However, there is a strong drawing component in the course, which includes life drawing.
All staff are practicing artists with national and international reputations in the arts. This enables them to connect you with industry, other practising artists and with galleries.
The program also has a strong focus on exhibition practice and providing practical experience in the arts industry.
The diploma and advanced diploma programs prepare you for a career as visual artists or in other creative ﬁelds, as well as for further study in related fields.
Learning and teaching
You will learn in specialised studios specifically designed for each of the specialisation areas. You will be taught by professional practising artists and educators who have a wide range of industry knowledge and experience.
The advanced diploma is a more specialised qualification that will give you more complex skills and knowledge. It also requires a higher level of personal accountability.
Assessment for both programs is folio based, where the major emphasis of the program is the production of a folio of work that reﬂects your personal creativity. The folio will display a sequential development, with emphasis on the acquisition of skills and the adaptation of those skills to the production of artworks with a sound personal philosophical base.
- Studios for printmaking, painting, sculpture, drawing
- MAC lab.
The program also offers strong links to the arts industry, gallery tours and exhibitions, guest speakers and visiting arts practitioners.
All programs are delivered in English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Program entry requirements
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50%.
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary Diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Pre-selection kit: You must complete and submit a pre-selection kit (PDF 152kb 4p) along with your application.
Folio: You must supply evidence of your creativity in the form of a folio that contains a variety of your personal work in art, design or media relevant to the program/s you are applying for. The folio should demonstrate your interests and creative thinking as well as your conceptual, design, problem solving and technical skills. You should include evidence of how ideas were developed as well as finished works.
Examples of work to include in your folio are drawings, paintings, graphic designs, photographs, digital images, models, sculpture, video, scripting, short stories, and/or 2D and 3D Flash animation.
We recommend you explain each work to help the Selection Officer understand the purpose and background of that work.
Folios should be submitted electronically on a CD with files in PDF, JPEG, SWF, DCR or QuickTime format suitable to be read on Mac OSX or later, unless otherwise specified. Each electronic file should be no larger than 10MB.
Shortlisted applicants may be required to present their folio to a selection panel (either in person, or via phone/Skype).
English language requirements:
To study this program you will need to complete the Academic IELTS with an overall band of 5.5 and no individual band below 5.0.
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