Certificate IV in Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft
- Program code: C4201
- Campus: Bundoora campus
- National curriculum code: CUV40103
Indigenous students will experience a range of visual arts practices, including:
- digital imaging
- is designed to support folio creation
- is an introduction to the arts industry
- offers specialised practical and theoretical training in visual arts
- offers courses specifically designed for Indigenous students
- acknowledges the unique, distinct and diverse nature of Indigenous culture
- encourages the maintenance of an evolving Indigenous identity and culture
- provides teachers who are experienced and active artists
- offers courses with a focus on arts business practice
- understands Indigenous histories, current issues and policies from a national and local community perspective
- explores Indigenous art practices that align with contemporary and traditional art methodologies.
The program is suitable for school leavers and community elders wishing to return to study. Graduates can pursue further studies in the visual arts or undertake their own practice.
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Learning and teaching
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.
The program is designed to help Indigenous students:
- create a folio
- learn about the visual arts industry
- develop the skills to become a visual arts practitioner.
You'll produce a folio that reﬂects your Indigenous culture and personal creative inquiry. You'll explore and develop new ways of creating Indigenous art through a variety of art media.
To graduate, you'll need to show you're competent in 14 units of competency. The learning and assessment takes place over 2 semesters, beginning at the start of the year.
You'll eventually produce a portfolio of artwork for use in applying for further study and finding work in the visual arts industry. You'll be assessed on you portfolio as well as oral and written tasks.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
You'll acquire the knowledge and confidence to forge a career as a self-employed art practitioner, a paid employee in the visual arts and crafts industry or a high-level support staff member in the arts.
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
Program entry requirements
Folio: The folio should contain artwork produced after 2006 that demonstrates the use of a variety of materials and techniques. The following is a guide only: freehand observational drawings (4-6); life drawings (4 if possible); notational drawings, quick sketches or drawing journals; any paintings, photographs, sculptures or print.
How to apply
Tuition fees vary according to each program.
There are 2 tuition fee types:
- Victorian Government subsidised places where your fee is shared between you and the Victorian Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria
- full fees where you will be responsible for the full cost.
As a TAFE student you may be eligible for the following:
RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.
In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
Graduates of the Certificate IV in Visual Art and Contemporary Craft may apply for further study within the Diploma of Visual Art at RMIT's City campus.
Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.