Why take a Creative Industries course at TAFE?
Do you have a passion for creating things and using your imagination to make an impact? You might find a course in creative industries rewarding and exciting.
Whether you are hoping to pursue a creative career, undergo further studies at university or just want to gain new skills, our celebrated visual arts program offers courses that will help you get where you want to go. Under the guidance of experienced lecturers, practising artists, designers and craftspeople, you will have the opportunity to learn skills in a wide range of disciplines including design, sculpture, painting, textiles, drawing and jewellery-making.
Our visual arts qualifications in the Wheatbelt are offered at the picturesque Muresk Institute, approximately 15 minutes from Northam and 1.5 hours from Perth CBD. Students can study part time or full time and may be able to stay on campus at the Muresk Institute.
Did you know?
A $2 million upgrade is underway to transform the Creative Industries facilities at our Geraldton campus.
Reasons to study in this industry
- Communities with great art and music programs are proven to be healthier and happier.
- The arts contribute to a range of other industries, including design, tourism, media, IT and education, which opens a variety of career pathways.
- The industry is full of passionate people who create, run and manage the arts.
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With our visual arts qualifications, you will gain the technical skills to explore your creativity through a wide range of mediums. Studies in visual arts can open the door to exciting careers opportunities in public art, art administration and events coordination, ceramics, illustration and many more.
When you take a Certificate III in Visual Arts, you will develop skills, knowledge and techniques and apply them as you create original works. You’ll learn about art history, art movements and key artists as well as current issues and trends in the creative industry.
Under the guidance of practicing artists in a Certificate IV in Visual Arts course, you will develop concepts for your own professional practice, gain experience in specialist fields and experiment in your chosen disciplines. You will also have the opportunity to establish connections with people in your creative industry.
A Diploma of Visual Arts qualification can offer you a pathway into further tertiary studies at university. As you develop skills and knowledge in your chosen specialised field, you will maintain a sustainable professional arts practice. You will have the opportunity to experiment and refine your techniques and use of mediums and materials and then create and exhibit a body of work when you complete the Diploma.
Unleash your creativity while developing your technical skills by studying jewellery design with us. You will learn how to research, develop and refine design ideas as you develop practical jewellery fabrication skills and complementary skills in digital design, photography and professional presentation.
Explore your creative sideYou will learn basic painting techniques to create paintings from simple ideas and design concepts.
Ignite your creativity.
You will learn basic painting techniques to create paintings from simple ideas and design concepts. This course is suited to beginners and you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and to develop your creativity.
Get your start in the fashion industry.
This qualification provides an introductory overview of skills applied in the fashion industry. It includes skills used in the design and production of garments and millinery, as well as in the development of unique fashion and textile designs used in Indigenous Australian culture.
Take beautiful shots and be confident behind a cameraIn this short course, you will learn the skills and knowledge required to use a digital camera and alter and upload digital images.
Get the most out of your digital camera.
In this short course, you will learn the basics of how to use a digital camera and how to alter and upload digital images. Aimed at those that have an interest in photography or those who own a digital camera but don't know how to use it, you will learn the skills to confidentially take a great photo.
Topics covered include:
- How to correctly set up and use a digital camera
- Shooting modes
- Correct exposure
- How to alter or enhance your images
- Upload your digital image
Explore the timeless art of pottery.
Acquire the skills and techniques to produce beautiful ceramic works with a short Ceramic Mixed Media course. We'll teach you the fundamental skills and techniques of ceramic work to build and construct beautiful simple designs. You'll learn how to work with earthenware clay, glazing, construction techniques and surface embellishment. You'll have the opportunity to create a collection of bespoke small sculptural artworks that incorporate a number of processes.
Get creative exploring encaustic art.If you've been curious about encaustics then this beginner course will provide you with the skills to start making your own encaustic paintings.
Explore encaustic art, and elevate your paintings.
Encaustic is one of the oldest forms of painting using wax layers applied hot and then reheated to fuse the layers together. In this course, you'll be encouraged to explore encaustic art by gaining a core understanding of fundamental techniques and different styles of application and design. By the end of the course, you'll have a strong baseline understanding for launching yourself into encaustic art.
Start a career that always has a silver lining.Simply express your creativity or take your curiosity to a career with the skills you'll learn in this short course. You'll learn hands-on techniques and work with silver and metal to design and create.
Make your own silver jewellery
Learn the skills and knowledge to create simple silver and metal jewellery in this beginner course. Using a range of techniques, you will learn to develop your own ideas about design and style. At the completion of this course, you will get to take home your own sterling silver creations.
Topics covered include:
- How to accurately measure and saw silver and other metals
- Filing, hammering, texturising and forging metals
- How to safely solder
- Polishing and finishing jewellery pieces
Your career in the media starts here.Immerse yourself in the vibrant and exciting media industry. You'll gain practical skills and knowledge, as well as develop your critical and creative thinking skills.
Mix your own demo, present live on-air and film and edit your own masterpieces.
This qualification is the perfect platform to kick-start your career in the media industry. Industry experts guide you to use industry-standard equipment and software. You'll learn and develop media skills, including the basics of sound recording and editing, video production, post-production, and skills for broadcast production or presentation.
Begin your journey into mastering your creativity, learning to write content for all types of media, and producing content for any platform, from Facebook to the film studio floor. Change how you think and feel about the media, develop your critical and creative thinking skills and open your mind to the possibilities of the media industry.
Learn to make your own clothing!
Get started on your sewing skills by joining our Simple Sewing Skills Set. We'll teach you the basics - starting with how to use a sewing machine, assembling garment components, how to cut fabric, how to layer your fabric, using patterns and different machine operation techniques.
Make a career out of making beautiful things.This qualification will further enhance your skills and knowledge of visual arts to a para-professional level. Your skills in your chosen field will be further refined, and the only limiter to your arts career will be your imagination.
Take your visual arts career to the next level.
Visual artists work within and across many mediums, and their practice may incorporate ceramics, digital art, glasswork, drawing and illustration, jewellery making, painting, photo media, printmaking, public art, sculpture, textiles or wood design.
You'll develop technical, creative and conceptual skills to originate, realise and exhibit a substantial body of resolved work that expresses their own creative vision.
Employment outcomes as a paid artist and professional visual arts professional are endless. You may obtain work as a consultant or commissioned artist for private and public sector organisations.
Sculpt your skills and your career path.Your career in Visual Arts is only limited by your imagination. Build on your current skills and knowledge in this course and expand your expertise across a wider range of visual art disciplines.
Creativity starts here.
In this qualification, you'll learn how to create two and three-dimensional forms in a variety of visual arts areas.
Our training will help you visualise, develop and present ideas and images and give you the skills to design and produce paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and electronic art and experiment with materials and techniques. You will also develop knowledge of art history and theory and gain an understanding of current art issues and trends.
Your career in visual arts is in your hands.This qualification will enhance your skills and knowledge in selected areas of visual art and craft, with options to focus on painting, print media, ceramics, sculpture and digital art.
Turn your passion into a career.
Take on complicated art projects with a developed skill set and knowledge of various materials and mediums. You'll have the opportunity to focus on areas such as painting, print media, ceramics, sculpture and digital media and refine these skills in studio classes designed to bring your ideas to reality.
Visual artists may work in their own practice, or in a wide range of contexts across the arts, government, community or commercial organisations.