C6149 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

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Plan: C6149 - Advanced 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: Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts
Qualification national code: CUA60715
Nominal hours: 730
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: 090490J

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Purpose of the Program


The Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts reflects the role of independent professional visual arts practitioners who have a command of wide-ranging, highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills and knowledge. These skills allow practitioners to extend and refine their practice to a point where they are able to originate, realise and exhibit a substantial body of resolved work that expresses their individual creative vision. The advanced diploma is a more specialised qualification than the Diploma and signifies skill and knowledge of a greater complexity and a higher level of personal accountability.

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. Deepening skills acquired in the Diploma course, graduates of the Advanced Diploma will have the ability to engage in critical discourse and with a range of theoretical concepts and historical perspectives.

This program prepares individuals who wish to pursue a career as visual artists or in other creative positions (such as roles in government bodies, museums, galleries and educational and cultural institutions) in the arts. This is achieved by studying practical and theoretical courses (alongside OH&S and business-oriented courses) developed in conjunction with the arts industry.



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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. An articulation agreement exists between Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts and BP201 - Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art). Students with a GPA of 3.0 (Distinction) in the Advanced Diploma will be eligible to enter the second year of the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) receiving block credit for their first year of study.

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

People entering this qualification will have well-developed artistic skills and knowledge which may have been achieved through experience in a creative field or through formal study.  To enter this qualification, individuals must have the conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create and present work in their chosen creative form.

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

There is an expectation that students entering the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts will have already completed the requirements of a Diploma of Visual Arts or an equivalent qualification.
Students will be admitted into the lowest level qualification and will progress, subject to satisfactory academic progress, to the higher qualification levels.Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in a creative field or through formal study.

International English language requirements:



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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.

Voluntary material fees are charged in order to cover the cost of materials supplied to students in class. By purchasing materials in bulk, the School is able to pass on the savings to students and thereby reduce the costs involved in obtaining these materials.

Material fees are not compulsory, however if you do not wish to pay this fee, you will be required to supply all of their own materials (including paper, inks, acids, plaster, metals and inks) in preparation for each class.

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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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