Graduate Certificate in Visual Art

Course 842AA (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

This is a
New Generation course
, part of the
Melbourne Model
and is available from 2008
Year and Campus: 2012 - Southbank
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 12 months part time.


Dr Kate Daw
03 9685 9454


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Course Overview:

This course is designed for students who have completed a degree and wish to further develop interests and skills in the visual arts. It will also serve as a refresher course for some professionals (eg. teachers) and improve the competitivenes of those seeking entry to the to the Master of Contemporary Art. The course will provide appropriate practical and theoretical coursework elements through studio workshops and studies in art history and theory.


The objectives of this course are to:

  • provide students with an opportunity to extend their critical interest and technical skills in the disciplines of visual art;

  • develop student facility with their selected visual art materials and methods appropriate to postgraduate entry level through studio workshops and supervised studio practice;

  • develop awareness of professional studio and critical practices that comprise the contemporary art profession;

  • demonstrate through critical writing and discussion the capacity to articulate judgements and opinions that reflect an understanding of the field.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Qualification for the award requires satisfactory completion of all core subjects and 50 credit points.


Subject Options:

Graduate Certificate in Visual Art

Year 1

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent in any discipline; or
  • At least five years equivalent, documented, professional experience.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

Further Study:

Student who successfully complete this course will be eligible to apply fo the Master of Contemporary Art (coursework).

Graduate Attributes:

Generic Skills:

At the completion of the course or subject students should be able to:

  • demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
  • demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional visual artist in the 21st century;
  • demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas.
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