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Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran

Diploma of Visual Arts - Illustration Stream

Push the boundaries of your art practice and develop your artistic skills and techniques. Work towards becoming an illustrator or designer in our Diploma of Visual Arts at Melbourne Polytechnic. Be bold and brave – follow your passion, it could lead anywhere.

Turn your passion into a passionate career

Our Diploma of Visual Arts combines specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to plan and realise a body of work in one or more art forms.

Practice at this level is underpinned by arts theory and history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. You will also have the opportunity to discuss and expand on complex ideas around the art of illustration.

You could work in a wide range of contexts including being self-employed, or working in the arts sector, government, community and commercial organisations.

Illustration Stream – Diploma of Visual Arts

The Illustration stream prepares you to work in the communication arts industries, in both printed and online formats. You could also find working opportunities within the advertising and marketing sectors.

You’ll receive advanced training in drawing, applied history and theory, and business skills.

Learn the crucial skills necessary to coordinate group exhibitions as part of an arts business strategy. You’ll learn the process from concept development through to the logistics of gallery operations, as well as the design of promotional material.

A range of industry sponsors support our end-of-year exhibition programs. You will have the opportunity to extend your networks and industry contacts.

Industry connections and resources

Your classes will be taught by specialist subject teachers. You will have access to well-resourced specialist studios and classrooms for each subject area (drawing, printmaking, painting, digital images, design, history and theory).

Melbourne Polytechnic has excellent gallery venues for industry-sponsored exhibitions.

Course outcomes

As a graduate, you will have a direct pathway into the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development, where you can focus on a personal year-long project with mentor support and access to department facilities. Many of our past graduates have successfully applied for Bachelor studies at university level on the basis of their folio works from the Diploma year.

Melbourne Polytechnic alumni boast many successful illustrators and exhibiting artists. Some of them have returned as teachers in our Diploma programs to share their professional industry expertise.

Course stream/Focus of study

  • Professional level,
  • Applied history and theory,
  • Creative practice,
  • Digital imaging,
  • Drawing,
  • Health and safety,
  • Illustration,
  • Professional practice,
  • Sustainability.


You will be assessed through your course work and folio presentation.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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First Instalment AUD3,913.00
Total duration 12 MONTH(S)

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First Instalment AUD3,913.00
Total duration 12 MONTH(S)
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Total number of students: 2190

Number of students - College: 5 - 25

Melbourne Polytechnic boasts some of the best training facilities in Australia. Many are designed to simulate real workplaces and provide services direct to the public or industry, from all of our campuses and training centres in Melbourne.

Formerly known as Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) we have a proud history that spans over 100 years delivering professional education programs in Melbourne, making us one of the most experienced providers of vocationally-oriented education courses in Australia. 

In 2014, we changed our name to Melbourne Polytechnic to encompass our two strengths in the educational sector:

  • providing higher education and vocational education, and
  • training to industry-focused students and professionals in Australia and from around the world.


  • Our international students come from over 70 different countries and study across six campuses and almost eighty courses.
  • We offer practical industry relevant training designed in consultation with leading practitioners.
  • We have outstanding student support, with free academic, financial, career and personal counselling, and free airport pick up.
  • Our onsite facilities offer leading edge technology and real life working conditions, like restaurants, salons and recording studios.
  • Every one of our qualifications is accredited nationally and recognised internationally.
  • We are goverment funded and owned.
  • Winner of the Australian Governments Premiers Award for Excellence in International Education (in 2014, runner up in 2015).
  • We employ motivated, passionate teachers who have extensive experience in their field and links to industry.
  • To study in Melbourne, the worlds most liveable city.


  • David Williamson Theatre
  • Creative Spaces
  • The Apprentice Restaurant
  • Library
  • Cafeteria
  • Free wifi

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Prahran VIC 3181

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