Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hayley: What's next for me?

What is next for me? At the moment I'm researching the possibility of moving my family down to Melbourne to continue my education. I have been doing a lot of reading about many different institutions. The aspects I have been considering concerning the courses available and the actual institutions are:
  • The location in relation to the suburbs we are planing on living in.
  • The length of the course
  • The hours per week
  • The recognition received from studying at certain schools
  • The facilities available
  • The qualification received at completion
  • The cost
Here are a few courses I have looked into:

Advanced Diploma of Advertising & Graphic Design - Local Students

Offered to local students

About this course
Students create and execute design concepts and present finished artwork using a combination of traditional studio media and digital technologies. On completion graduates gain the vocational training to enter the industry as an assistant or junior designer in a professional practice, or work as a freelance designer.

The Advanced Diploma takes two years of intensive full time study to complete. There is an exit point at the successful completion of the first year when students may elect to leave with a Certificate IV in Graphic Design. Classes are held daily and consist of formal lectures, tutorials, workshops, supervised and unsupervised computer work and research. All assignments and projects are mandatory.

40510SA Advanced Diploma of Advertising & Graphic Design which is a Nationally Endorsed course. Graduates will also be awarded the internationally recognised City & Guilds (London) qualification.

You need to have completed a year 12 or equivalent and have basic computer and English communication skills. Certain exemptions apply if you are over 21, have previous experience or knowledge of the subject matter.

All current top end graphic design programs are covered in this course. They include Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat and InDesign as well as Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash.

Computer Access
We have an open access policy, all students are free to use our facilities at any time that the college is open (subject to availability).

Class Size
Classes are limited to a maximum of 10 participants.

This design school is situated in the Melbourne CBD. The fees are approx. $11000/year. There is a government study loan option, similar to Hecs, available for this course. Enrolment is by interview and portfolio. The next course begins in Feb 2010. RPL is also available for this course as it is a nationally accredited curriculum. I am currently looking into whether I would only to do the second year considering I will be achieving a Cert 4 this year. I am very excited about this option because of the smaller class sizes and the attention to the particular skills of the individual.

Another option for me is at NMIT (National Melbourne Institute of Tafe). This is the information for the Diploma of Illustration.This would suit me because I am far more interested in the illustrative side of graphic design than the computer-based.

The course develops skills appropriate to the diverse illustration industry though set projects. Students gain experience in editorial, advertising, promotional and book illustration using such media as gouache, acrylic and oil paint, mixed media and technology. Drawing, context and culture, design and new media units support core illustration study. Creativity, innovation and individuality are fostered in the course as well as highly developed visual communication problem solving skills.

Entrance Requirements
Successful completion of VCE or mature age. All prospective students must attend an interview session where they will be required to present a folio. The folio should contain a variety of art work which demonstrates the use of a range of materials and techniques including a selection of illustrations and freehand observational drawings. At interview students will also be asked to discuss their awareness of illustration and the illustration industry.

Success Stories

  • About the Course
  • Entrance Requirements
  • Materials
  • Local Students
  • International Students
  • National Code: 21871VIC
  • Cricos Code: 066704M

Campus: Preston


Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: Part-time not available to International Students

Course Commencement Dates


Course Units

BSBSBM403APromote the business (50Core
CUFMEM07AApply principles of visual design and communication to the development of a multimedia product50Core
CUFSAF01BFollow health safety and security procedures15Core
CULMS07ADevelop small exhibitions60Core
CUSADM09AAddress legal and administrative requirements50Core
CUVDSP02ADevelop self as a designer60Core
CUVVSP11AApply techniques to produce digital images50Core
CUVVSP35AProduce paintings50Core
CUVVSP45AProduce prints50Core
PSPPM401BDesign simple projects65Core
VPAU010Analyse and implement sustainable work practices15Core
VPAU011Apply research and critical analysis to inform artistic and design practice100Core
VPAU012Use advanced drawing techniques to represent and communicate concepts100Core
VPAU013Apply the elements and principles of design100Core
VPAU014Manage creative and professional self60Core
VPAU040Develop a concept and design in response to a given brief/commission150Core
VPAU041Produce computer based illustration140Core
VPAU042Produce an advanced 2-dimensional illustration from a brief150Core
VPAU043Produce art work for final art production60Core
VPAU303Produce an advanced 3-dimensional illustration from a brief150Core

*Course hours are indicative and subject to change.

Skills Recognition - Exemptions/Transfers

Students may be eligible for exemptions/transfers on the basis of previous qualifications, which must be provided as evidence of completion.


As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised. On successful completion students will be awarded with the Diploma of Illustration

There is also the Diploma of Graphic design available at NMIT. The campus where this course is held is at Preston, about 20 mins drive from where we plan to live.

If we decide to not move to Melbourne I will be enrolling in the Graphic Design Diploma here at Kingscliff Tafe.

1 comment:

  1. a thorough investigation for the future for melbourne. lucky you! i encourage you to check out rmit and swinburne as well.