Certificate IV in Visual Arts

RMIT University

Program Description

Certificate IV in Visual Arts

RMIT University

Certificate IV in Visual Arts

In this practical, studio-based program, you will gain broad knowledge across a range of art methods from teachers who are practising artists with national and international reputations.

You’ll explore diverse approaches to art making, art theory, art self-development and portfolio creation.

With a strong focus on exhibition practice and hands-on experience in the arts, you will develop key connections with industry, artists and local galleries.

Program structure

The focus of this program is to develop and support you in all facets of the visual arts, offering you a life-long learning methodology. The program also serves as the first step into RMIT's School of Art.

This program is ideal for those wishing to gain foundation level skills in visual arts, including:

  • secondary school leavers
  • Year 12 students
  • those who’d like to develop a portfolio to enter into higher education/TAFE
  • those who’ve missed a place in higher education/TAFE.

You will create a folio as well as gain a solid introduction to the arts industry, and you’ll develop skills in:

  • drawing
  • digital imaging
  • sculpture
  • printmaking
  • painting
  • art theory
  • public art.

You will be able to use your portfolio of artwork to apply for further study or to seek work in the visual arts industry.

Assessment is through individual portfolios, oral and written tasks. You’ll need to demonstrate competency in 15 units to complete this program. The competency units are in clusters and individual units.

Entry requirements

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.

Applicants with work experience in this field will also be considered



Selection tasks

Pre-selection kit: You must complete a Pre-selection kit.

Folio: You must include a folio of your creative work. The folio should contain six to eight (6–8) colour or black and white photographs (no larger than A4) or a CD of six to eight (6–8) images. Please use a permanent marker to label your CD. Do not use sticky labels.

Please ensure you supply a folio of work that best represents your skills and/or area/s of interest. Folios should not be submitted in a folder or photo album. The folio should contain artwork produced after 2008 that demonstrates the use of a variety of materials and techniques. Applicants should also have an awareness of the arts industry and display a demonstrated commitment to artistic practice and study. You may be invited to the folio presentation. This may be conducted over the phone if you are applying from overseas or interstate.

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 2018
21 weeks
Full time
Start date Jan. 2018
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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Duration 21 weeks
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