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  • Objectives
    This course is undergoing change during 2008/2009. Please call 1300 CHISHOLM or check the Chisholm website, www.chisholm.edu.au, for further information. This course provides training for individuals who wish to pursue a career as a Visual Artist in the areas of Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Digital Imaging, Public Arts and Gallery Curation to enhance public awareness of the arts by exhibiting works. This course enables students to perceive and analyse complex information, adapting and incorporating it with visual art disciplines. Students will be exposed to the diversity and breadth that a career in visual arts has to offer. The course includes practical workshops, gallery visits, public art projects, participating in external exhibitions and attending lectures by speakers who are established practising artists.
  • Entry requirements
    Year 12 (VCE) or Mature Age Entry
  • Academic Title
    Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts)
  • Course description
    COURSE OUTLINE
    This course is undergoing change during 2008/2009. Please call or check the Chisholm
    website for further information.

    This course provides training for individuals who wish to pursue a career as a Visual Artist in the areas of Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Digital Imaging, Public Arts and Gallery Curation to enhance public awareness of the arts by exhibiting works. This course enables students to perceive and analyse complex information, adapting and incorporating it with visual art disciplines. Students will be exposed to the diversity and breadth that a career in visual arts has to offer. The course includes practical workshops, gallery visits, public art projects, participating in external exhibitions and attending lectures by speakers who are established practising artists.

    CAMPUS
    Frankston

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

    DURATION
    Total course: 1540 hours.

    COMMENCEMENT DATES
    February

    ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
    Year 12 (VCE) or Mature Age Entry.

    SELECTION CRITERIA
    Folio Presentation & Interview.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE
    Full-time – VTAC
    Part-time – Direct to Chisholm Institute
    Apply for an interview in October (Frankston campus). Interviews take place during
    November & December for admission into the following year's course.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Supervised classroom and studio delivery, self-paced learning, supervised practical components, gallery visits, visiting artists, exhibitions, workshops and an art camp

    STUDY AREAS
    First Year

    Develop Self as an Artist 32hrs
    Research & Critically Analyse History & Theory to Inform Art Practice 64hrs
    Context & Culture 96hrs
    Drawing 96hrs
    Life Drawing 64hrs
    Studio & Materials Studies 96hrs
    Painting, Printmaking, & Sculpture 96hrs x 3

    Second Year
    Arts Business Practice 64hrs
    Occupational Health & Safety 16hrs
    Contemporary Art Studies 32hrs
    Context & Culture 96hrs
    Drawing 96hrs
    Develop Self as an Artist 16hrs
    Public Art Project (option)
    Painting, Printmaking & Sculpture
    - as a Minor Study 192hrs
    - as a Major Study 288hrs
    In the first year study areas will include: Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture.

    SUBJECTS 1ST & 2ND YEAR
    (Module content and course structure may vary according to Campus attended)
    Arts Business Practice
    Students will undertake research into the monitoring of the art industry – e.g. commercial galleries & commissioning agencies. Arts Business Practice culminates in an exhibition of the student’s work – this may be an individual or group show. The steps taken to achieve this result will be monitored and evaluated throughout the module.

    Context and Culture
    All four units of Context and Culture include sociological and philosophical subject matter. Emphasis will be placed on students relating their work to a cultural context. This subject relates to all other subject areas and includes a Visiting Artists Program, Gallery Visits, Community Art and Work Practice. Other art forms such as poetry, literature, drama etc will be emphasised to expand one's cultural horizons.

    Research & Critically Analyse History & Theory to Inform Art Practice
    This subject introduces students to the social, philosophical, political and cultural content and context of art and artists. It concentrates on contemporary and historical aspects of both Australian and International Art. Research & Critically Analyse History & Theory to Inform Art Practice directly links with Context and Culture and students' major elective studies.

    General Drawing
    In the first semester general drawing is aimed at increasing student's observational and technical skills. As the course progresses more emphasis is placed on individual interpretation of subject matter. 2nd Year drawing acts as a support to the student’s major area of study. Emphasis is placed on developing the individual’s knowledge of drawing as a means of communicating a personal philosophy.

    Life Drawing
    Throughout the first year students will work from the model exploring different media and developing strong observational skills. Both General Drawing and Life Drawing should directly impact on all other practical areas.

    Material Studies
    Material Studies will look at artist’s equipment, processes and materials ie: stretcher construction, framing, papermaking, colour theory, paint making and an introductory unit in the use of Photoshop digital imaging program.

    Occupational Health & Safety
    On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
    • Explain the significance and historical framework of occupational health and safety for the art-worker
    • Identify chemical hazards associated with the art-working environment
    • Assess hazards and adopt control strategies to reduce or eliminate problems caused by chemical hazards
    • Identify, assess and adopt strategies for control of physical hazards, psychological and biological hazards
    • Explain the conceptual framework for occupational health and safety legislation
    • Describe appropriate strategies for the management of workplace hazards
    • Apply principles involved in the creation and maintenance of a safe working environment to the solution of specific problems

    Public Art Project
    The purpose of this module is to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to source, design, develop and construct prototypes and scale model(s) for a major public art project.

    Develop Self as an Artist
    Develop technical and conceptual skills required to work as a practising artist or artworker. It also deals with communicating effectively and working strategically to achieve planned outcomes as an artist / artworker.

    Printmaking
    The techniques covered in Printmaking are collograph, etching, relief printing (using lino or wood) and lithography. Along with technical skills, students will be developing individual philosophical statements and imagery. Printmaking students will be given the opportunity to develop a comprehensive folio of work, with the opportunity to integrate this study with all other areas of the course. Second year Printmaking extends students knowledge gained in Stages 1 & 2 to enable an ongoing development of a personal philosophy to be expressed through print and in written form. Work produced will reflect the time committed to studio practice ie. major study or minor study

    Painting
    The painting course follows a program grounding students in the skills and technique of oil and painting in a progressive and investigative way. In the course of study students will address the problems of large-scale execution of works for exhibition and public/community projects.
    Through instruction and consultation painting staff will assist students in gaining knowledge of industry standards and an appreciation of painting as a Fine Art. The successful completion of the program will ensure that students will be able to make informed decisions and actions in relation to career opportunities and possess a developed and comprehensive folio of work.

    Sculpture
    This subject is designed to introduce students to various material and techniques such as welding, bronze casting, modelling and carving. Sculpture is seen as a means of personal expression and is a major elective study which stands alone but may support a student's other studies.

    ASSESSMENT
    Assessment will be based on class participation and written assignment or folio presentation at the end of each semester.

    FEATURES
    Chisholm offers a studio-based environment with large sculpture workshops and a bronze casting facility. There are a range of activities that enhance the learning environment and include such events as a rural art camp, visiting artist program, gallery visits and a range of external exhibitions. Staff are not only fully committed teachers but many are artist practitioners and are presented through collection and galleries.

    CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
    Art Consultant, Artist, Arts Assistant, Craftsperson, Fine Artist, Painter, Photographer, Sculptor, Printmaker, Public Artist.

    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) 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

    PATHWAYS
    Students may also wish to study in the Certificate IV in Contemporary Art (Computer Aided Art) as a pre-requisite to the diploma of post diploma as an extension to their visual arts multimedia by exploring the possibilities of digital technology.

    FURTHER STUDY
    Art courses at University.
    For information on this course

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