RMIT fosters innovative and diverse art practice within visual art, fine art and more.
Art short courses at RMIT encompass a range of disciplines including illustration, photography and jewellery, allowing you to choose from a broad list of subjects. You’ll learn from multidisciplinary art practitioners who are passionate about their craft, and the techniques and theory you’ll learn in class will last you a lifetime.
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Explore RMIT’s diverse range of fine and visual art courses: learn about different brush types and how to use them for different lettering styles in a pointed brush workshop, develop an idea for a children’s picture book, or learn the principles of timing and movement in stop motion animation. Embark on an RMIT short course in fine and visual art and find out why RMIT is the number one university for art education in Australia.
- Foundation Colour
- Drawing Techniques for Design
- Illustration: Styles and Techniques
- Japanese Aesthetics: From Flower Arrangements to Contemporary Art
- Illustrating and Writing a Children's Picture Book
Learn how take photographs with the intention of publishing a recipe collection or hone your travel photography skills by learning how to build narratives with images. If you’re completely new to photography, RMIT will teach you the very basics, including camera types and lenses, lighting techniques, and photo editing and presentation. If you’re looking to expand your professional portfolio or just pick up a new hobby, an RMIT short course will equip you with the practical skills and theory to dramatically improve the standard of your shots.
- Introduction to Photography: Technical and Aesthetic – Level 1 or Level 2
- People and Portrait Photography
- Food Photography
- Photoshop for Photography - Introduction or Advanced
RMIT jewellery design short courses range from those focused on contemporary jewellery design and the material processes of gold and silversmithing – including learning different metal fabrication techniques such as sawing, filing, cold-joining and soldering to make a jewellery piece – to courses in 3D modelling and printing techniques.
- Introduction to Jewellery Design and Making 1 and 2
- Jewellery and Accessories: 3D Modelling and Printing
- Jewellery and Accessories: Upcycling
Japanese aesthetics with master practitioner Shoso Shimbo
Shoso is a certified teacher of Ikebana and director of the International Society of Ikebana studies, with over 30 years experience. A common theme through many of his works is harmony with nature's organic order and the relationship between man and nature.
He was selected by Belle magazine as one of six “Australia’s top floral designers” and has won multiple awards including the Gold Award at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.
His sculptural works featured in major contemporary exhibitions including the Toyota Sculpture Exhibition and the New Wave Art Festival at the NGV.
Create unique jewellery with Pennie Jagiello
Pennie is a Melbourne based contemporary jeweller who recently completed a Masters in Art at RMIT. Her ongoing research investigates the objects we use and discard, and the environmental consequences of unsustainable practices.
"Within my own practice my concerns are foremost with how that which I create must be as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible. If a material or technique has negative environmental impacts I do not employ these and search alternative creative solutions which directs and challenges my work and teaching.
I design and prepare courses to cater for all abilities with the importance in assisting creativity to continue outside of the class without need for specialised materials or tools so that students can continue to be creative with their own approach and exploration of the arts."
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Studying an RMIT single course allows you to experience a subject of your interest without committing to a full post-graduate or undergraduate degree.Discover more about single courses