Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Visual Arts is perfect for those wanting to leave a creative mark on the world. Our Painting/Printmaking stream focuses on developing your technical, creative and conceptual skills and techniques to help you push the boundaries of your fine art practice.Develop real-world creative skills
Our Diploma of Visual Arts Painting/Printmaking stream prepares you for work as a freelance artist and exhibitor. It offers advanced training in traditional studio techniques such as drawing, painting, printmaking, applied history and theory, and business and professional practice skills.You'll learn to critically analyse information with opportunities to expand on complex ideas for your own work.
We offer specialist studios, dedicated classrooms for each subject area, and gallery spaces to ensure that you are supported in your creative endeavours. You'll also have many opportunities throughout the year to grow your professional networks through industry forums, guest speakers and workshops, and your industry-sponsored graduate exhibition.
Graduates of Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Visual Arts learn the artistic process from concept development through to the logistics of exhibiting their own work. You may find opportunities to work in a wide range of creative and professional contexts in commercial, government or community sectors or choose to focus on your own practice as a freelancer. Successful graduation from this course may lead to careers such as:
You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.