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  • Objectives
    This is a preparatory program, which aims to develop skills and knowledge that lead into other art and design diploma courses. Folios created through this course will have a focus on technical and conceptual exploration, including visual problem solving techniques and the presentation of work standards.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants are required to attend an interview and provide a portfolio of work, which clearly demonstrates their art/design skills.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate IV in Design
  • Course description
    COURSE OUTLINE
    This is a preparatory program, which aims to develop skills and knowledge that lead into other diploma courses. Folios created through this course will have a focus on technical and conceptual exploration, including visual problem solving techniques and the presentation of work standards.
    While it does have job prospects at an assistant or trainee level within the design industry, primarily it is used to assist students to meet the prerequisites for higher level diploma courses such as Graphic Arts, Visual Arts, Illustration and Advanced Diploma of Multimedia.

    CAMPUS
    Dandenong

    STUDY MODE
    Full-time: 1 year
    Part Time: available

    COURSE DURATION
    1 year – 650 hours

    COMMENCEMENT DATES
    February

    ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
    Applicants are required to attend an interview and provide a portfolio of work, which clearly demonstrates their art/design skills.
    Year 12 or approved equivalent or Mature Age Entry.

    SELECTION CRITERIA
    Folio Presentation & Interview

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE
    Full time – VTAC
    Part time – contact the department direct.
    Interviews take place during November & December for admission into the following year's course.

    COSTS
    Student Service Levy – This fee varies depending on the course and is used to provide extra-ordinary materials and for the promotion of students work through public exhibitions.
    Kit Fee – This varies depending on the nature of the course, but is identified as the personal equipment required to produce work in an ongoing way i.e. brushes, paints, pencils, etc.

    STUDY AREAS

    Follow Health & Safety Procedures
    Analyse physical psychological, biological and chemical hazards in the work place.

    Source & Apply Design Industry Knowledge
    Identify careers and pathways in industry through research. Placement and/or visiting specialist.

    Interpret & Respond to a Brief
    Understand and respond to all facets of a design brief, within an allocated time.

    Research & Experiment with Techniques for Digital Image Enhancement
    Research and experiment with the photographic process, with the end result being a digital photographic image. The use of cameras both manual and digital will be covered as well as the traditional photographic process.

    Select & Apply Drawing Techniques
    Create sketches and drawings from observations using media such as charcoal and pencils.

    Integrate Colour Theory & Design
    Develop an awareness of colour theory in a practical application. Analysing a design brief and developing a variety of design solutions incorporating colour theory.

    Apply the Design Process to 2D work
    Conceptualise research and develop designs and imagery. Content includes analysing a design brief and developing a variety of design solutions.

    Originate Concept for Own Work & Conduct Critical Discord
    Critically analyse sources and references in the context of current work. Develop a range of different, innovative and creative approaches for the concept based on the nature of ones own artistic practice.

    Use Typography Techniques for Design Work
    To be able to solve design problems typographically and gain knowledge of the appropriate technology and terminology. Content includes design and creation of title treatments; text based layouts and concept driven design.

    Research & Apply History & Theory of Design
    Research history and design theory which is relevant the design industry and their own artistic practices, organise research materials for their own use. Develop own positions in relationship to history and theory.

    Research & Apply Techniques for Graphic Design
    Resolve visual problems through the application of design principles and elements. Contents analysing a design brief and developing a variety of design solutions.

    Research & Apply Techniques for Illustrative Work
    Draw with an illustration focus using a variety of mixed media. Content includes illustrating using media such as markers, pencils and gouache.

    Make Presentations
    Present information in the workplace on work related events and equipment. Content includes written and oral presentations.

    Apply Colour Theory in Response to a Brief
    Develop an awareness of colour theory in a practical application.
    Content includes analysing a design brief and developing a variety of design solutions incorporating colour theory.

    Apply the Design Process to 3D Work in Response to a Brief
    Conceptualise and solve problems by constructing 3D packaging. Content includes analysing a design brief and developing a variety of design solutions.

    Produce Digital Images
    Design and solve problems visually with the assistance of the appropriate technology. Content includes design and creation, of logos, labels, basic designs with the final product produced on the computer.

    ASSESSMENT
    Class participation and written assignment and folio presentation at the end of each semester.

    FEATURES
    Delivered in a supportive studio environment this course nurtures students through basic skill development to clarify industry expectations and better prepare them for further study.

    CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
    Designer, Graphic Artist, Graphic Designer, Multimedia Design.

    RECOGNITION OF PRIOR QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
    Where applicants can show evidence of prior qualification or experience in a related field, they may apply for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) credit transfer consideration.
    There is an opportunity to apply for recognition to be given for:
    • Previous study
    • Knowledge
    • And/or skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the course
    Contact the department for further details

    FURTHER STUDY:
    Art and Design Diplomas, Advanced Diploma in Multimedia and University Degree courses.

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