C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

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Plan: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Diploma of Visual Arts
Qualification national code: CUV50111
Nominal hours: 815
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Art (340T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/art
CRICOS code: 078275F

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Purpose of the Program

The Diploma of Visual Art reflects the role of visual artists who combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to prepare for and develop an emerging arts practice. They are able to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms. Visual arts practice at this level is underpinned by a sound grasp of art theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Discourse and communication around complex ideas are also required.

This program prepares individuals who wish to pursue a career as visual artists or in other creative fields. This is achieved by studying practical and theoretical courses developed in conjunction with the arts industry. Areas of study include painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, digital imaging, public art and art theory.  The major emphasis of the program is the production of a folio of work that reflects your personal creative inquiry. The folio will display a sequential development, with emphasis on the acquisition of skills and the adaptation of those skills for a production of works based upon a sound personal philosophical base.

The diploma is developed around ideas of integrated course experiences, reflecting contemporary notions of the arts practitioner as multi-disciplined. The program prepares individuals who wish to pursue a career as visual artists, continue to further study or work in creative fields.

Students will be admitted into the lowest level qualification.


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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of the C5308 Diploma of Visual Arts students will be offered a guaranteed place in the C6128 Advanced Diploma of Visual Art.

Completion of the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts, providing you have a GPA of 3.0 (Distinction) will have guaranteed entry to the second year of the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) program at RMIT University.

You may also be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs however please check with the admissions officer for that program for further advice.

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Entrance requirements

To enter this qualification, people must have the skills and knowledge described in the following unit of competency:

  • CUVPRP401A Realise a creative project. 

Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or through formal study.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites

Selection tasks:  Applicants must complete and submit a pre-selection kit which includes a folio component. Short listed applicants will be required to present their folio to a selection panel. Please refer to the current VTAC Guide for full details on selection tasks.

Pre-selection is the process by which we select those applicants who will be shortlisted for interview for the Visual Art program. This process is very important and the kit should contain a folio of your best work which clearly represents your interests and artistic concerns.

The folio should contain artwork produced after 2012 that demonstrates the use of a variety of materials and techniques.

The following is a guide only:

  • Freehand observational drawings/life drawings (max.6 -10)
  • Visual Diary or Journal
  • Any paintings, digital images, sculptures, public art or prints (max.6-10).

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 5.5 (no band less than 5.0)
  • An IELTS score of 5.0 (no band less than 4.5) will be accepted for the November Foundation Studies intake.
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 530 (TWE 3.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 71 with minimum of 17 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 42 (no band less than 36)
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Upper Intermediate certificate



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External accreditation and industry links

This nationally accredited program is designed for adults wishing to engage in the visual arts. The accredited program is managed and reviewed by a state body which includes TAFE institutes.

The School of Art has many close links with industry. These take on a variety of different forms. Many of the teaching staff within the program are practicing industry professionals with extensive industry experience and contact networks. This experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment. Academics within the School are strongly encouraged to maintain their linkages with industry.

As evidence of these links, students have opportunities to work with industry through project based work such as public art projects, exhibitions and community-based projects. At the end of the program, students combine the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program in an end of year graduate exhibition.

The School also runs a Program Advisory Committee that consists of high profile industry representatives. The purpose of the Committee is to ensure that the School’s links with industry standards and practice remain current.

In addition, the School of Art makes regular use of outside industry experts as guest speakers to ensure that students are exposed to current industry developments. The regular use of sessional teaching staff also provides students with exposure to current industry practitioners. Students are encouraged to visit galleries and museums within the program and on their own initiative.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access book, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, my RMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless networks in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have limited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library


Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and well-being so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic science if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other forms of disadvantage which may impact on you learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and well-being (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as students activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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