Chase your next creative challenge!

This qualification has been superseded and will change in 2022. You can apply for this program and will be supported to transfer into the new qualification once it becomes available.

Chisholm's Diploma of Visual Arts allows you to choose elective units in either illustration or fine arts, depending on the specialisation you are most interested in.

If you love creating images and the process of visual stories this course is for you.

By specialising in illustration at Chisholm, you will further develop your practical communication skills in a variety of traditional and digital media techniques. In addition you will learn to develop conceptual ideas, problem solving techniques, creativity skills, fine illustration techniques, exhibition concepts and how to prepare artwork from publishing to exhibition.

By specialising in fine arts the course provides a stimulating delivery to support your creativity across multi-disciplines including drawing, painting, sculpture, digital media, creative thinking, exhibitions concepts and printmaking.

This course will further develop your practical communication skills in a variety of traditional and digital media. In addition, you will learn to conceptualise ideas, problem solving techniques, portfolio presentation, history and theory, sustainability and how to prepare artwork from creation to exhibition.

Our passionate teachers are practicing artists and illustrators closely connected to the visual arts industry, encouraging both traditional and contemporary creativity. Our experienced trainers inspire and support our students to create a portfolio in a range of styles which is technically and conceptually focused.

Strong emphasis is placed on developing students’ ability to create their own designs through group activities and innovative approaches to handling materials. On completion of this course, graduates will enter the arts industry prepared and with the skills needed to present their work directly to the public or exhibitions, supply to retail outlets or find employment in various creative arts industries.

You will complete most of your learning in our dedicated drawing, sculpture, printmaking and mac studios located at the Frankston campus. Students will have the opportunity to plan and exhibit work in commercial gallery spaces throughout the course.

Classes are informative and fun, with students encouraged to introduce their own style to their work to class assessments.

Our focus is on quality facilities and links to industry partners to provide stimulating and strong technical and creative expertise in the Visual Arts field. This program is supported with workshops, excursions, industry visits and participation in competitions.

Full time: three to four days a week

Course code
Delivery location
Not available for International students
Full Time, 1 year.
Start dates
11 July

Nationally Recognised Training logoChisholm is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides Nationally Recognised Training (NRT). This means you can be assured that our training will provide you with a qualification that is recognised and respected across Australia.

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.