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Application information

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

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 or communication design programs in 2019 is a process that has two parts.

APPLYING: Key dates for 2019

Application dates

  • Applications open: August 2018
  • Timely applications close: late November 2018
    (applications after this date will still be considered)

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 workshop in September 2018 is designed for prospective students. While there is no obligation for applicants to attend the workshop, 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. Read more about it.

Interviews

Interviews give you the opportunity to present your art and/or design work to us. Dates will be confirmed in November and interviews will be held in late November to early December 2018.

Application process

There is a TWO PART application process for the 2019 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 information application form

The application form is coming soon. Please bookmark this page.

All other applicants

Part One: Apply for the program directly with FedUni
Part Two: Complete and submit an additional information application form

The application form is coming soon. Please bookmark this page.

Interview

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

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. Please 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.

Consider coming to our Folio preparation workshop, designed to help you put your best foot forward.

Folio preparation workshop - BOOKINGS NOW OPEN

Our full-day workshop is designed for VCE, mature-age and direct entry prospective art and design students. It aims to help you to plan and develop a quality folio of artwork to present at your interview for entry into a tertiary visual arts or design program.

Practical, hands-on sessions will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and to formulate ideas that will improve your artistic concepts of visual and design language. The experience will also give you a valuable insight into the art school environment at an advanced level.

Download the workshop information (pdf, 977 KB)

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