Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
Please contact Info Corner to discuss other study options.
Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact us for more information.
In this practical, studio-based program, you will gain broad knowledge across a range of art methods from teachers who are practising artists with national and international reputations.
You'll explore diverse approaches to art making, art theory, art self-development and portfolio creation.
With a strong focus on exhibition practice and hands-on experience in the arts, you will develop key connections with industry, artists and local galleries.
The program is offered mid year. It is run over 20 weeks from July to December.
Once you have completed this Certificate IV, you will gain entry into the Diploma of Visual Arts.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
You will learn in studios specifically designed for each of the specialisation areas. You will be taught by professional practising artists and educators with a wide range of industry knowledge and experience.
Assessment is folio based, where the major emphasis of the program is the production of a 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.
Facilities/equipment include studios for printmaking, painting, sculpture and drawing and a MAC lab.
The program also offers strong links to the arts industry, gallery tours and exhibitions, guest speakers and visiting arts practitioners.
Many of the teaching staff within the program are practising arts professionals with extensive industry experience and networks, which will enrich your learning experience. Teachers are strongly encouraged to maintain their links with industry.
We are committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. Because of RMIT's close links with industry, you will have opportunities to work projects such as public art, exhibitions and community-based projects.
This program also invites industry experts as guest speakers to ensure you are exposed to current developments in the arts. The regular use of sessional teaching staff also provides you with access to industry practitioners. You are encouraged to visit galleries and museums within the program and on your own initiative.
You'll also participate in an end-of-year exhibition.
Careers in the art industry are broad and encompass a variety of skills. Through this program you will be equipped for a range of jobs in an industry that is growing due to increased government funding for projects.
The goal of artists is to exhibit and sell their work. Artists can be employed in a number of areas including self-employment, project-based work, in schools, councils and government organisations, public project and commission-based work and as artists in residence. Artists may work in private studios or collective artist-run spaces.
Students who complete the Certificate IV in Visual Arts may also continue with their studies in higher education.
You will graduate with the knowledge and confidence to make appropriate decisions regarding your future in arts roles such as:
- self-employed art practitioner
- paid employee in the visual art and crafts industry
- high-level support staff in art-related industries
- gallery or museum assistant/officer.
You will also gain the confidence and experience to pursue further study in arts-related fields at a higher level.
You will have the opportunity to attend talks, workshops and exhibitions by international artists through our International Artists In Residence (iAIR) program. The School of Art Galleries supports the iAIR program and you are encouraged to become actively involved in order to gain a greater understanding of the industry.
Program and course information
Are you a visual thinker?
Create your future as an artist, taught by industry experienced and active practitioners.