Diploma of Visual Arts
Diploma of Visual Arts
LCAD is proud to offer the nationally recognised Diploma of Visual Arts. Our course enables students to develop a range of technical skills and conceptual strategies in visual art whilst nurturing their own individual style. Students have the option of enrolling in an art-focused stream or a photography-focused stream in visual art and are supported by experienced teachers who are well-recognised in their respective fields. VET Student Loans are available for eligible students.
Diploma of Visual Arts
In our nationally accredited Diploma of Visual Arts, students acquire a range of technical and conceptual skills for art-making whilst developing an individual and personal direction. Students can choose to stream in either Art or Photography. Study options include studio art, painting methods, photography, sculpture, drawing, contemporary art theory, and digital & moving image. In the Photography stream, students will exchange drawing and sculpture units with Photography units. Please refer to the Units of Study following for more information.
Career opportunities include visual artist, photographer, animator, illustrator, designer, gallery assistant, gallery director, visual art teacher, museum conservator, exhibition curator and visual art industry expert. Students looking to go onto further university level study may receive credit from this Diploma.
There are no specific requirements of entry for this course. New or inexperienced students are welcome as are those currently working within the industry. All prospective students are invited to attend the college to view the studio facilities and to discuss their application. It is recommended that prospective students bring with them a folio or examples of their artwork or details of other past experience so that LCAD can determine that a course is the correct fit.
Students have the option of studying for one or two years. The Diploma is first year and the Advanced Diploma is second year. We have provided the units of study for both the Diploma and Advanced Diploma following for your convenience.
Year 1: Diploma of Visual Arts (15 units)
Painting Methods A
Painting Methods W
Painting Methods S
Drawing & Mixed Media A Layers
Drawing & Mixed Media W Line
Drawing & Mixed Media S Light
Studio Art & Ideas A
Studio Art & Ideas W
Studio Art & Ideas S
Art History 20th Century
Art History Postmodernism & Contemporary Art
Plus choose two electives from the following:
Sculpture & Installation A
Sculpture & Installation W
Digital & Moving Image W (Digital)
Digital & Moving Image S (Digital)
Image Capture (Photography)
Descriptive & Emotive Lighting (photography)
Imaging & Graphics (Digital)
More options are available
Year 2 Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts (15 units)
Extended Painting Methods A Manipulation
Extended Painting Methods W Figure
Extended Painting Methods S Realisation
Extended Drawing A Construction
Extended Drawing W Invention
Extended Drawing S Invention
Studio Exhibition Project & Independent Studio A (double)
Studio Exhibition Project & Independent Studio W (double)
Studio Exhibition Project & Independent Studio S (double)
Art Practice & Theory A
Art Practice & Theory W
Art Practice & Theory S
Discuss with the college any elective interests from Photography or Graphic Design
Full-time is comprised of 5 study units per term, over 3 days per week contact. There is a total of 15 units. Students electing to do a reduced study load can do so if they are not International. Fees are proportionate to the student’s study load.
Term enrolment is 12 weeks. It is comprised of 5 study units, over 3 days per week contact. There are 3 terms in a full course. Students electing to do a reduced study load can do so if they are not International. Fees are proportionate to the student’s study load.
Vet Student Loans
Students using VSL can cover 100% of their tuition fees to study the Diploma of Visual Arts. Students must be enrolled in 2 or more study units per term to access VET Student Loans.
VET Student Loans is a Commonwealth loan available to eligible students with Australian citizenship, or they are a qualifying New Zealand citizen, or a permanent humanitarian visa holder, and is not means-tested. Please contact the college on 03 9495 6622 for more details.
How long are the Diplomas?
Can I undertake the Advanced Diploma after completing the Diploma?
How do I enrol?
When should I apply?
What date does my application need to be submitted?
Do I need to present a folio to apply?
Do I need previous experience to study here?
Is it a requirement to complete a Certificate IV before entering the Diploma?
What do I need to apply for a course?
1. Your Application Form
2. Examples of your creative work whether that be a folio, or examples of paintings, drawing, photographs, designs, digital work or anything else. Other experience, not necessarily related to their field of study, is also of value. The college is also interested in talking to students who have very little to show. The college would like to know what interests the student has, or kinds of experience they may have had.
3. A high school certificate or higher. If a domestic student is unable to provide this then LCAD can organise a short literacy/ numeracy test.
International Students with English as a second language need to complete an English test, such as a general English iELTS and achieve a score of 5.5 or above, with no individual band less than 5.0.
4. A birth certificate or passport (domestic), or just your passport (international).
5. International Students may need a study visa and health cover (OSHC) for the period of the course.
Can LCAD help with my application?
What do I need to enrol in an informal subject?
Do you have evening classes?
Can I do a subject just for fun?
When are course fees due?
Do you provide a scholarship program?
Are your Diplomas equivalent to Diplomas offered at other colleges?
What is full-time study?
What is part-time study?
What are the hours?
What kind of additional expenses are associated with this course?
Do I get my own studio space?
Can International Students undertake courses at this college?
Are the courses delivered in English?
Can I qualify for a VET Student Loan?
How do I apply for the loan?
Will VET Student Loan cover all my tuition?
How does VET Student Loans work?
What kind of recognition do I get for completing this course?
Will this also help me get into university?
The following application form is for students wanting to study one of our Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses in Visual Art, Graphic Design and Photography. The application form is composed in two parts and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete if you have all of the information at hand. Following submission one of our friendly staff will contact you to discuss your application and next steps. Please note that application closing dates are one month before trimester starts. Need help with your application? Contact is on the link provided.