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Application information

What you need to know to apply for our visual arts and communication design programs.

Interview application

Calling all aspiring and practising artists and designers. Whether you are a school leaver or mature-age applicant; or a local, interstate or international applicant, applying to our visual arts, fine arts or communication design programs in 2021 is a process that has two parts.

Applying: Key dates for 2021

Application dates

  • Applications open: August 2020

Entry to the Arts Academy visual arts and communication design programs is a two-part process. Ensure you complete both parts to be eligible for entry, whether you are a school-leaver or a direct applicant. Please read Application process below.

Folio preparation

Our Folio preparation Webinar is designed for prospective students. It is designed to assist you with planning and developing a quality folio of artwork to present at interview for entry into a tertiary creative arts program.

Join us for one of our upcoming live virtual sessions:

Panel Discussion - where can a career in Visual Arts take you?

Webinar: Visual and Fine Arts online folio and interview preparation

Webinar: Discover Federation University Arts Academy

Interviews

Interviews give you the opportunity to present your art and/or design work to us.

Early bird interviews: 16 and 19 October 2020
October interviews are reserved for applications received prior to 9 October 2020.
All October interviews will be conducted virtually.

December interviews: 14 and 18 December 2020
December interviews are reserved for applications received prior to 4 December 2020.

Late applications must be received prior to January 29 2021.
Interviews for late applicants will be scheduled in February 2021.

Application process

There is a two-part application process for the 2021 programs. Please ensure you complete both parts to be eligible for an interview, whether you are a school leaver or a direct applicant.

School leavers

This includes interstate school-leavers.

Part one: Apply for the program through VTAC
Part two: Complete and submit an additional application form to attend an interview

All other applicants

Part one: Apply for the program directly with Federation University
Part two: Complete and submit an additional application form to attend an interview

Interview

Applicants to our visual arts and communication design programs attend an interview of approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Interviews will be conducted in in Ballarat, Gippsland or online.

In the interview, you are asked to present a comprehensive folio of your work in a variety of media. The selection panel is interested to hear about your motivations for studying in your chosen field, and see a range of creative work that demonstrates your ability to explore ideas in depth.

Your folio work should be representative of your creative ideas and abilities. Qualities of importance are originality, innovation, imagination, experimentation and competence in the basic skills associated with visual arts. Include evidence of your drawing skills in your folio, along with any journals of relevant material. In general, you are advised to submit selected samples of completed works and relevant sketchbook materials.

As the program is based on studio art practice, it is important for staff to speak with your and view your creative art work. If you are unable to attend your scheduled interview, it may be possible to reschedule depending on staff availability. An electronic portfolio of your work may be acceptable in place of an interview in some cases.