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What will I learn?

Our Certificate IV in Visual Arts course is designed to develop and extend skills and knowledge across a range of 2D art forms and develop skills and confidence in using a range of techniques. The course has a practical hands-on focus with instruction from specialist subject teachers. By studying at Melbourne Polytechnic you’ll be amongst Melbourne’s thriving visual arts scene, with over 100 art galleries in the metropolitan area alone.

Consolidate you skills

Our Certificate IV in Visual Arts will help you build upon foundational artistic techniques and refine your artistic practice. You’ll advance your skills in drawing, illustration, printmaking, painting, design and digital imaging and photography. This broad range of media and processes will help you find your artistic strengths, and is supported by units in art history and professional practice.

Our Visual Arts program offers fully-equipped specialist studios, computer labs and dedicated classrooms for each artistic technique. You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work in on-campus art galleries. You’ll be taught by experienced, working artists with specialist knowledge. As part of your course, you will be involved in exhibitions, industry forums and workshops with professionals from across the arts industry. We maintain industry partnerships, including curators, gallery directors and arts business professionals, to prepare you for a career in the visual arts.


Where will this take me

Graduates may enter the art sector as an assistant in art and contemporary craft contexts.

  • Studio Assistant
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Community Arts Project Supervisor
  • Community Arts Project Facilitator


Upon graduation, you’ll have a folio of work for self-promotion or further study. Successful Melbourne Polytechnic Certificate IV in Visual Arts graduates may articulate into our CUA51115 Diploma of Visual Arts, specialising in either Illustration or Painting/Printmaking.

How you learn

  • Blended
  • Studio Based
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

Students will build a folio of work based on projects and class exercises and be assessed on completed projects and final folio submissions.

Which department am I in?

Department of Visual Arts



Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
A$14,400.00 (7,83,460) per year
Tuition fees per semester: AUD $7,200

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

11 July 2022, 3 October 2022


Prahran Campus

144 High Street,



3181, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
A$14,400.00 (7,83,460) per year
Tuition fees per semester: AUD $7,200

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

11 July 2022, 3 October 2022


Melbourne Polytechnic

Preston Campus,

77 St Georges Road,



3072, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Most certificate and diploma level courses require evidence of completion to studies equivalent to Australian Year 11 or 12.

If you do not meet Melbourne Polytechnic’s academic entry-level requirements but have acquired skills or knowledge relevant to your chosen course, you may apply as a mature age student. A mature age student is considered to be over 18 years old and has been out of full-time education for at least one year.

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. General IELTS: 6.0 overall individual bands: min 5.5, TOEFL iBT: 49 overall Writing: 18; Speaking: 16; Reading: 8; Listening: 7, Pearson Global Scale of English: – PTE Academic: 42 overall communicative skills: 36, Cambridge English Scale (- Cambridge: First (FCE), - Cambridge: Advanced (CAE), - Cambridge: Proficiency (CPE)): 162 overall individual bands: 154, Melbourne Polytechnic: ELICOS: 2+ ISLPR overall individual bands: min ISLPR 2.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Melbourne Polytechnic

Spread across seven campuses, Melbourne Polytechnic offers industry-related degrees and pathways to top universities.

  • One of Australia's largest higher education providers
  • Home to international students from over 70 countries
  • Awarded for Excellence in International Education
  • Partnerships with top universities and organisations