These courses are right for students who want to launch working careers in the arts, or who want to complete a high level of proficiency in a specific discipline. They are, in the core, practical, studio-based programs intended to produce graduates who go on to be independent working artists or members of the creative industries.
Programs are offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level for the study of drama and performance, fine art (concentrations offered include drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, print-making, ceramics, gold and silversmithing, photo media, jewelry design, and performance and installation) as well as graphic design, product design, and fashion and/or textile design.
There are also courses available in communication design (including advertising), animation and interactive media, games design, and new media design; as well as in practical media courses including journalism (print, broadcast, and new media) and film and television.
Admission to these courses (at undergraduate and postgraduate level) is based mainly on a student’s talent and potential, rather than on their academic background, and a portfolio of work or audition material is generally mandatory in order to apply. Each university has a little different requirements for portfolios – please make sure you check what requirements to be included with a Study Options advisor before making your application.
Please note that students targeting to enroll in undergraduate programs in any of these majors are not required to complete an Art Foundation course before applying. Many fine art and design courses in Australia are four years long, rather than three. The first year attends as a general introduction in which students get to practice and experiment with all the different studio disciplines before selecting which area they need to take as their specialization in years two, three and four.
Facilities offered for students studying the creative arts in Australia are outstanding. Fine arts students gain a solid understanding of studio methods and techniques through studio-based exercise through small group tuition, while journalism and film and television courses use dedicated studios with state-of-the-art equipment to stretch students real-world skill.
Please note that if you wish to take any of these as academic subjects, where study would be based on analysis and theory rather than practical work, you would usually take them as a major within a Bachelor or a Master of Arts.