Learn how to make a viable career out of your artistic practice. Build on your existing technical, creative and conceptual skills with an Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts (Art Management). Specialise in a range of mediums including:  drawing, ceramics, digital art and textiles.

The Graduate will have:

  • A portfolio consists of a wide range of design work
  • Work placement experiences
  • Work independently with external clients from initial concepts to the final design.

Project management skills including project costing and budgeting.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
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Your industry experience

Bolster your CV will real industry experience. The following units  - CUAPPR613 Engage in the business of creative practice, CUAIND611 and Work professionally in the creative arts industry are delivered through a workplace arrangement with organisations including galleries and arts/culture council programs.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Concept development
  • Drawing skills
  • Work collaboratively
  • Management skills

Your career opportunities

  • Visual artist
  • Digital artist
  • Gallery coordinator
  • Community arts assistant
  • Gallery technician
  • Arts administrator

Key codes

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International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Location options

  • Visual arts student with their work
    Visual arts student
  • Visual arts student creating a sculpture
    Visual arts student
  • Visual arts student painting
    Visual arts student


Successful completion of the Diploma of Visual Arts (CUA51120) or equivalent. Applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant art experience are welcome to apply. Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative field or formal study.

Applicants must have the conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create and present work in their chosen creative form.

Other requirements

Students will need to have access to a small practical workspace to continue working on projects remotely from time to time and to have access to art making materials and equipment.

Students will also require the technology and access to the internet for facilitation of online classes including video and audio requirements.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

The Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts (Art Management) is comprised of 12 units of study. It is delivered mainly as practical studio-based subjects and in lecture and tutorial modes. Studio-based disciplines include painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography and digital imaging.

Classes are scheduled up to 20 hours per week which may include a work placement. Additional study hours may also be required to prepare and complete tasks.

Core units
Elective units
Advanced Diploma
Indicative nominal course hours: 845

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Apply critical thinking for complex problem solving
Core unit
Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
Core unit
Originate a body of independent creative work
Core unit
Engage in the business of creative practice
Core unit
Publicly present a body of own creative work
Core unit
Extend cultural research expertise
Core unit
Elective units
Select and refine a specialised drawing technique
Elective unit
Extend professional expertise across new art forms and media
Elective unit
Work professionally in the creative arts industry
Elective unit
Realise an installation work
Elective unit
Collaborate in professional creative projects
Elective unit
Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
Elective unit

2023 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2023 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for VET student loans (VSL)

If you apply for a VET Student Loan, Swinburne must first verify your identity. If you are eligible, we will provide your enrolment information to the government so you can complete the application within their eCAF system.

The VET Student Loan amount for this course is capped. You must start repaying this loan once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.

VET Student Loan amount* ($AUD)


Concessions rates for vocational students

Concession rates for Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs are also available if you self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and qualify for a government-subsidised training place under the Indigenous Completions Initiative.

The eligibility criteria are set by the Victorian Government and assessed by Swinburne in accordance with government directives, which are subject to change at any time.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

From 1 January 2024, all Diploma level and above courses will contribute to the Student Services and Amenities fee. Below is the capped amount for 2023 as a guide ahead of fees for 2024 being announced.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)


SSAF fee* ($AUD)



Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

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Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

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