Overview

From drawing to digital imaging, the Diploma of Visual Arts gives you a comprehensive range of skills. Immerse yourself in studio-based studies such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital imaging, and photography. You’ll graduate with an impressive folio to showcase your technical skills and aesthetic awareness along with solid contemporary art knowledge.

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

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
Midyear applications are now open.

Ready to apply for a midyear start? Go to the application portal. Still exploring your options at Swinburne? Meet us at Open Day.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Technical skills
  • Conceptual skills
  • Creative skills
  • Planning skills

Your career opportunities

  • Community arts officer
  • Gallery Coordinator
  • Gallery Technician
  • Artist assistant
  • Arts administration

Key codes

Wantirna VTAC code
3401078154
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

Admissions

Entry into this program is based on an applicant’s study and/or relevant work history. Some additional criteria may also apply.

Applicants require a minimum of Year 12 completion or equivalent including a unit of study in art, media, studio art or visual communication design.

Applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant art experience are welcome to apply. Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or formal study.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

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.

Technical requirements

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

Online digital units require students to download and use the Swinburne supported software such as the Adobe Creative Suite.

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 transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

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 Diploma of Visual Arts is comprised of 15 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.

The Diploma of Visual Arts is a 1-year program delivered over two semesters. Classes are scheduled 4 days per week (1 -2 units online) additional study hours may also be required to prepare and complete tasks.

The major specialisation title - Diploma of Visual Arts (Painting, Printmaking) - is an available option on testamurs. Selection of this titled option will be available to select prior to graduation.

4
Core units
+
9
Elective units
=
1-year Diploma
Course hours are estimated and may change based on study mode, unit choice, credits, or enrolment adjustments, total indicative nominal hours: 1140

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Refine drawing and other visual representation tools
Core unit, 80.0 credit points
CUAACD531
Realise a body of creative work
Core unit
CUAPPR511
Develop sustainability of own professional practice
Core unit
CUAPPR512
Present a body of own creative work
Core unit
CUAPPR513
Establish and maintain safe creative practice
Core unit
CUAPPR515
Elective units
Work with photomedia in creative practice
Elective unit, 65.0 credit points
CUAACD522
Make mixed media artworks
Elective unit
CUAACD523
Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
Elective unit
CUADIG519
Install and dismantle exhibition elements
Elective unit
CUAEVP413
Refine painting techniques
Elective unit
CUAPAI511
Investigate painting materials and processes
Elective unit
CUAPAI512
Refine printmaking techniques
Elective unit
CUAPRI511
Investigate printmaking materials and processes
Elective unit
CUAPRI512
Analyse cultural history and theory
Elective unit
CUARES503
Investigate sculptural materials and processes
Elective unit
CUASCU512

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)

$16,530

Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)

$8,960

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

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 2024 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. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. 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)

$18,097

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)

$0.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2024 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.

Apply through an agent

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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Apply directly

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.

Wantirna VTAC code
3401078154
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29-January-2025
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