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.
On completion of the first year, you will transition to the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts. This is also a 1-year program, which allows you to further investigate your creative practice with a more specialised focus. You will undertake independent studio practice and develop a wide-range of highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills and knowledge. You will have strong connection to industry and work on projects based on the partnerships RMIT have with 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.
In your diploma year, you will learn the skills necessary to be competent in working to a brief and producing works of art. You will also learn more about the arts industry in general. The core courses in the first year are:
- Establish and maintain safe professional practice
- Prepare for sustainable professional practice
- Analyse cultural history and theory
- Refine drawing
- Realise a body of creative work
- Present a body of your own creative work.
You must also select 3 studio specialisations from:
- digital imaging
- public art.
The advanced diploma year allows you to further investigate your creative practice with a more specialised focus. You will undertake independent studio practice and develop a wide-range of highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills and knowledge.
You will have strong connection to industry and work on projects based on partnerships we have with industry.
On completion of this year, you will have developed a strong personal philosophy and aesthetic that demonstrates an understanding of visual arts and contemporary art practice.
You must select 2 studio specialisations from:
- digital imaging
- public art.
You will learn from teaching staff who are professional practicing artists in your study areas, which include painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital imaging, public art, drawing and art theory.
You will also showcase your work at an end of year student exhibition.
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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