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What will I learn?

When you study visual art at RMIT, you'll create a professional folio of work. This diploma is taught by practicing artists in real studio environments. All of our staff are practicing artists with national and international reputation in the arts. This enables them to connect you to work on projects with industry, other practicing artists, and galleries.

This diploma offers both practical and theoretical subjects, which have been developed in conjunction with the arts industry. It is designed to prepare you for a career in the visual arts or other related creative fields.

On completion of the first year, you will transition to the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts. This is also a one-year qualification, which allows you to further investigate your creative practice with a more specialised focus.

A major focus is the production of a professional folio of work that reflects your personal creativity. The folio will display a sequential development, with emphasis on the acquisition of skills and the adaptation of those skills to the production of artworks with a sound personal philosophical base.

This diploma has a strong focus on exhibition practice and providing practical experience in the arts industry. You will undertake independent studio practice and develop a wide-range of highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills and knowledge.


You will have the knowledge and confidence to shape your future as a self-employed art practitioner, as a paid employee in the visual art and crafts industry, or as a high-level support staff member in an arts-related industry.

Artists can be employed in a number of areas, including self-employment, project-based work, in schools, councils and government organisations, public project and commission-based work and as artists in residence. Artists may work in private studios or collective artist run spaces.

Students who complete the Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts may also continue with their studies in higher education.

You can choose to pursue further study or undertake work in a multitude of arts-related industries, such as gallery or museum work, community arts or as an art practitioner.

You will graduate with the knowledge and confidence to make appropriate decisions regarding your future in arts roles such as:

self-employed art practitioner
paid employee in the visual art and crafts industry
high-level support staff in art-related industries
gallery or museum assistant/officer.

Which department am I in?

College of Design and Social Context



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$22,000.00 (12,10,121) per year

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

Start date

4 July 2022


RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

Melbourne City Campus,

124 La Trobe Street,



3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50%

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 162 with no less than 154 in any component.

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


About RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

RMIT University has obtained a 5-Star QS ranking for excellence in higher education.

  • Ranked 21st globally for universities less than 50 years old
  • 15th highest-ranked university in Australia
  • 8th in Australia for graduate employability
  • Industry partnerships in 100+ countries