C6149 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

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Plan: C6149 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

Successful completion of this program requires you to demonstrate that you are competent in 12 units of competency. For learning and assessment purposes these units of competency have been placed as individual units and span 2 semesters for full time study. Part time study is available.

The program involves a sequential development with an emphasis on the acquisition of skills towards the adaption of those skills into the production of work with a sound personal philosophical base.  It encourages the  further development of methods and materials and concentrates on the production of work that demonstrates sound conceptual ideas evolving from an understanding of contemporary art practices.

Theoretical courses further develop and reinforce the practical applications as well as provide an understanding of many career pathways within the arts industry.

The program will enable you to move directly into your own professional practice, pursue further study or undertake work in a multitude of arts related industries such gallery or museum work, community arts or as an art practitioner.

Assessment occurs mid-year and end of year and includes:

  • Practical demonstrations of competency
  • Completion of a portfolio of artwork
  • Completion of written work such as reports and self reflections
  • Participation in tutorials
  • Completion of visual journals.

General information

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfer are ways that RMIT recognises applicants’ skills and knowledge gained through formal and informal education and training, work experience, and/or life experience (including volunteer work; committee responsibilities; family duties, hobbies). If you have already developed competency through prior experience, you may wish to apply for RPL before the program commences or at any time during the program.

Students with disabilities and/or long term medical conditions

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Information relating to Covid

Please note that this program’s courses (whether core, option, or university elective courses) may have mandatory in-person attendance or assessment to pass the course.

If you are choosing to enrol in a course which has mandatory in-person attendance or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption.

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT: https://policies.rmit.edu.au/document/view.php?id=209.

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: https://www.rmit.edu.au/covid/coming-to-campus

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Work integrated learning

RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations;

and in addition:

  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience may be simulated.

The Advanced Diploma incorporates industry related units such as CUVPRP603A ‘Engage in the business of creative practice’. This unit supports independent creative practitioners who wish to work in small and large creative industries.

Depending on the particular creative practice, artists often operate as sole practitioners, in artist cooperatives, or as freelance or contract workers. Regardless of the business model, all practitioners earning income from their practice must engage with the professional business requirements for a sustainable creative practice. It is expected that the following simulated WIL components will form the initial structure of this unit:

  • work-relevant role plays
  • product development for clients, users
  • designs for clients, users
  • product, design, project competitions.
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Program Structure

This qualification requires the completion of 12 units - 7 core units and 5 elective units.

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C6149 Courses

C6149 Core Units - Select ALL Seven (7) Courses

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity (BSBCRT601) 65 EMPL7111C City Campus
Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools (CUAACD601) 60 VART6375C City Campus
Establish and maintain safe creative practice (CUAPPR505) 30 OHTH5954C City Campus
Originate a body of independent creative work (CUAPPR601) 75 VART6376C City Campus
Engage in the business of creative practice (CUAPPR603) 70 BUSM8782C City Campus
Publicly present a body of own creative work (CUAPPR604) 60 MKTG7991C City Campus
Extend cultural research expertise (CUARES602) 50 VART6377C City Campus
C6149 RMIT Mandatory Elective Units - Select ALL Five (5) Courses

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Extend professional expertise across new art forms and media (CUAACD602) 50 VART6378C City Campus
Work with the human form in creative practice (CUAACD505) 50 VART6379C City Campus
Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level (CUAPPR606) 80 VART6380C City Campus
Evolve ideas for professional creative work (CUAPPR605) 50 VART6381C City Campus
Realise an installation work (CUAINS601) 90 GRAP5382C City Campus

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Program transition plan

Due to the upgrade of the CUA Training Package, the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts will be replaced by a new qualification. The new qualification will be delivered to all commencing students in Semester 2, 2022

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