Diploma of Visual Art

RMIT University

Program Description

Diploma of Visual Art

RMIT University

Diploma of Visual Art

You'll prepare for a career as a visual artist or as an artist in another creative field by studying practical and theoretical courses developed in conjunction with the arts industry.

Designed for emerging artists, this program builds on your specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to develop your arts practice, so you can plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms.

You will develop a sound grasp of art theory and history, the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources, and a familiarity with ways of communicating complex ideas.

Learning and teaching

You'll use well-equipped purpose-built studios with the option of individual studio spaces.

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.

You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Program structure

To complete the program, you'll demonstrate proficiency in 22 units of competency. These units of competency span 4 semesters for full-time students. Clustered Part-time study is available.

Practical and theoretical courses developed directly from professional practice emphasise the production of work of a high standard of creativity.


You'll have the knowledge and confidence to shape your future as a self-employed art practitioner, as a paid employee in the visual art and crafts industry, or as a high-level support staff member in an arts-related industry.

You can choose to pursue further study or undertake work in a multitude of arts-related industries, like gallery or museum work, community arts or as an art practitioner.

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%.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to an Australian Year 12, see the Entry requirements by country web page.

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.

Selection tasks

Pre-selection kit: You are required to submit a completed Pre-selection kit 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
1 year
Full time
15,750 AUD
Start date Feb. 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 15,750 AUD