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  • Objectives
    This course is undergoing change during 2008/2009. Please call or check the Chisholm website for further information. This course offers innovative training for individuals who wish to pursue a career in the Illustration Industry; working with Publishers, Advertising Agencies, Promotional and Graphic Designers and in the digital areas of Web and Games Design. Skills are developed by exploring a wide range of mediums including: gouache, acrylic, coloured pencils, watercolour, charcoal, pastels and digital technology.
  • Entry requirements
    Year 12 (VCE) or Mature age entry
  • Academic Title
    Diploma of Arts (Illustration)
  • Course description

    This course is undergoing change during 2008/2009. Please call  or check the Chisholm
    website for further information.

    This course offers innovative training for individuals who wish to pursue a career in the Illustration Industry; working with Publishers, Advertising Agencies, Promotional and Graphic Designers and in the digital areas of Web and Games Design. Skills are developed by exploring a wide range of mediums including: gouache, acrylic, coloured pencils, watercolour, charcoal, pastels and digital technology.

    A working practical knowledge of the illustration Industry is undertaken, including Arts Business for illustrators and Develop Self as a Designer. An ongoing program of visiting artists, industry visits and practical workshops provides strong links with the illustration industry. Individuals are encouraged to explore creative, experimental and independent solutions while resolving outcomes defined within an industry brief. This includes interpreting the brief, developing roughs and layout designs, preparing artwork and presenting final solutions while working to defined timelines. There is a strong emphasis on drawing, rendering styles that reinforce media exploration to achieve design outcomes.


    Full-time: 2years
    Part-time: 4years

    The course consists of four semesters, each of which is 16 weeks.
    1ST Year - 784 hours
    2ND Year - 756 hours


    Year 12 (VCE) or Mature Age Entry

    Folio Presentation & Interview. It is important to request advice or carefully read folio requirements in advance (prior to) presentation interview.

    Full-time – VTAC Part-time – Contact the Institute direct.
    Contact the Department in October as interviews take place during November & December for
    admission into the following year's course.

    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.

    Supervised classroom delivery, lectures, self-paced learning, supervised practical components, field trips, industry visits, visiting artists, workshops and an art camp.

    First year:
    Illustration, Drawing, Life Drawing, Rendering, Design Elements and Principles, Typography, Electronic Design Level 1, Computers for illustrators, Finished Art / Prepress, Printmaking, Painting, Contemporary Art and Design, Context and Culture and Occupational Health and Safety.

    Second Year:
    Illustration, Drawing, Develop Self as a Designer, Arts Business for Illustrations, Context and Culture, Produce Digital Images, Finished Art / Prepress, computers for Illustrators and Apply Principles of visual design and communication to the development of a multimedia product.

    Design Principles and Elements
    The basic components of visual design and visual communications are covered in this subject, Line Tone, Form, Colour, Composition will be explored to enhance ones understanding of the structure of illustration.

    In the first year students undertaking this subject will explore a wide variety of materials and illustration techniques. An understanding of the principles and elements of design will be applied. In the second year major considerations will be given to fostering individual illustrative style. Problem solving techniques, presentation, self promotion and business practice will be studied. The development of ideas (concepts), students will work to a defined brief with a focus on industry outcomes.

    General Drawing & Life Drawing
    These subjects are based on the concept that drawing is the basis of all art production. Students will progressively acquire drawing skills that will enable them to interpret and record objects and figures within a given context. Observation, structure and form are a considerable part of these subjects.

    Exploring a broad range of techniques and mediums, enabling the student to visually communicate concepts in relationship to the media. Students will be encouraged to obtain a high degree of skill in the manipulation of media.

    Contemporary Art History Studies
    To provide a cultural frame of reference by exploring developments and concepts of contemporary art issues

    Computer Operations
    Will enable the student to become competent in the usage of the computer as a desktop illustrative and design tool. Also develop animation techniques and produce an electronic interactive folio at the end of year 2.

    Context and Culture
    The student will gain an awareness of the concept of culture and emphasis will be placed on social environment and identification of the individual’s response. Through the study of sociological subject matter, students will be required to recognise environmental factors within their own work and work of other artists. The link between ideas, creativity and art is emphasised.

    This subject will enable the students to explore various methods of printmaking and the processes involved. The subject will enable the student to interpret and extend illustrative outcomes using appropriate printing processes.

    Students will be introduced to the concept, role, function and place of fine art painting within the context of an illustrative solution. Students will explore a range of techniques and materials through practical experience, developing skills and formulating intuitive, emotional and analytical responses in production of painting.

    To introduce students to typographic form thus gaining skills and knowledge to use typography confidently and creatively. The use of typography as an integral part of the illustrative process will be explored, resulting in the knowledge needed for preparation of type for commercial print and electronic reproduction.

    Finished Art
    An introduction to the basic elements of finished art that includes both manual and computer generated practices used in the making of press ready artwork.

    Arts Business/Work Practice
    Students will be introduced to the research and business skills necessary to initiate and develop employment within the illustration industry. Students will acquire a knowledge encompassing issues relating to arts law, sound business practice and legal responsibilities pertaining to the illustration industry. Students will understand the essential requirements of a small business practice.

    1st Year As assignments are completed the staff will assess the result - based on the quality of the work, the research and development, the solution and the presentation. At the completion of the semester, all of the completed work will be re-presented for a final assessment. Successful completion of each subject will depend upon an overall assessment of the folio submitted. All assignments must be completed.

    2nd Year In Semesters 3 & 4 work will be discussed as each assignment is completed, but final assessment will be made on the professional quality of work submitted, based on industry consultation.

    A studio-based environment allows for a simulated work practice throughout the delivery.
    The program encompasses a rural art camp at the start of the year, various studio visits and workshops as well as being involved in a number of student exhibitions. Staff are not only fully committed teachers but many operate their own design/illustration businesses at the same time.
    Also included are:
    - Visiting illustrator and workshops
    - Industry based visits

    Many illustrators freelance from home or pursue careers within an agency. The publishing industry provides a wide range of illustration opportunities in the production of textbooks, newspapers, magazines and fiction. The advertising industry employs illustrators in the production of advertisements for the print media, billboards, posters, signage, multimedia and television commercials.

    Related University Degree courses such as Graphic Design.

    Where applicants can show evidence of prior qualification or experience in a related field, they may apply for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) or 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

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