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Creative Industries

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.

Visual Arts Courses

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.

Jewellery Design Courses

State ID: KAC29
Industry Creative Industries

Acrylic Painting Skill Set

You will learn basic painting techniques to create paintings from simple ideas and design concepts.

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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. 

Skill set
National ID: MST20616
State ID: BDH5
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

This qualification provides an introductory overview of skills applied in the fashion industry.

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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.

 

Certificate II
State ID: KAB91
Industry Creative Industries

Basic Digital Photography Skills Set

In this short course you will learn the skills and knowledge required to use a digital camera and alter and upload digital images.

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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

 

Skill set
State ID: KAC32
Industry Creative Industries

Botanical Printing

In this short course you will learn ways to print leaves onto wool, silk and cotton, how to embellish your fabric and then design and make a zero-waste garment.

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The world of fashion is undergoing dramatic changes, responding to climate change. In this short course you will have the opportunity to use sustainable materials such as silk, wool and cotton to create a range of botanical printing samples. You will then choose a technique to create and embellish a zero waste garment, being mindful of environmental sustainability.

Skill set
State ID: KAC46
Industry Creative Industries

Digital Illustration - Using the 'Procreate App' on iPads

Use Procreate to it's full potential.

You will learn how to use Procreate to create beautiful art and graphics.

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Design, draw and paint on your iPad.

Procreate is a popular app used by creatives and artists to create digital art and graphics. In this course you will learn how to draw on an iPad using the Apple Pencil and Procreate App.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Drawing basics 
  • Setting up the canvas
  • Essential tools
  • Brushes and gestures
  • Layers, masks and liquify 
  • Importing files and file formats
Skill set
State ID: KAC38
Industry Creative Industries

Feltmaking Skill Set

Felt is a versatile fabric that can be naturally moulded into any shape, making it a great option for designing and creating hats. In this beginner short course you will produce felt suitable to be used for hat -making.

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Create a stunning fashion item from scratch 

Felt is a versatile fabric that can be naturally moulded into any shape, making it a great option for designing and creating hats. In this beginner short course you will produce felt suitable to be used for hat -making. You will learn how to wash, card and naturally dye a sample of wool to create an exquisite flower. You will use your flower create a felt hat in the style and colour of your choice.
 

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State ID: KAC37
Industry Creative Industries

Introduction to Monotype Printing Skill Set

Monotype printmaking is a simple and fun print technique with no experience or artistic skills needed. The magic is all in the process. In this course you will be guided through the safe operation of a printmaking press and how to create beautiful, unique prints with just a little bit of ink and imagination. 

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Design and create a beautiful print. 

Monotype printmaking is a simple and fun print technique with no experience or artistic skills needed. The magic is all in the process. 

You will be guided through the safe operation of a printmaking press and how to create beautiful, unique prints with just a little bit of ink and imagination. 

In this skill set you will also learn how incorporating everyday items, found objects and foliage into the print process can add a variety of shapes and textures to the prints. Endless variations and effects can be achieved through experimentation.  

Skill set
State ID: KAB74
Industry Creative Industries

Jewellery Making Skills Set

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 both design and create.

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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
  • Theory
Skill set
State ID: KAB01
Industry Creative Industries

Kiln Formed Glass Skill Set

In this course you will learn basic glassworking techniques to create glass objects from simple design concepts.

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Create beautiful glass objects. 

In this course you will learn basic glassworking techniques to create glass objects from simple design concepts. You will have the opportunity to develop your own ideas to learn the technical skills to create your creative pieces.  You will learn technical skills including moulding and casting. 

Skill set
State ID: KAC47
Industry Creative Industries

Melbourne Cup Fashion Design

Create your own outfit from scratch Stand out on race day with your own stunning fashion creation.

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Be race day ready. 

Do you love fashion and also have an interest in felting?  In this course you will have the opportunity to design and create your own Fashions on the Field  outfit , just in time for the Melbourne Cup.  You will create a garment and your own embellished felt hat in the style and colour of your choice. 

This course is split into two parts:

  • Create a simple garment 
  • Produce a felt hat

Students can choose to complete just one or both parts. 

 

Skill set
State ID: KAC36
Industry Creative Industries

Polymer Clay Skill Set

Create beautiful polymer clay jewellery.

Get creative in this hands-on short course where you will learn how to work with polymer clay to design and create jewellery.

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Design and create your own polymer clay pieces. 

Polymer clay is a sculpting medium which originated in Germany over 50 years ago and  can be used in a variety of different ways including jewellery and home decor. In this course you will explore a range of polymer clay processes and techniques and learn the basics from conditioning to curing clay. You will use polymer clay to create contemporary jewellery and for those wanting to create something a little different an alternative project will be offered. 
 

Skill set
National ID: CUA60715
State ID: AZL6
Industry Creative Industries

Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

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.

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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. 

Advanced Diploma
National ID: CUA31115
State ID: AZN2
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate III in Visual Arts

Sculpt your skills and your career path.

Your career in Visual Arts in 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.

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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.

Certificate III
National ID: CUA41315
State ID: AZO2
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate IV in Visual Arts

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working at a pre-professional level who are beginning to develop their own artistic voice and command of techniques in a range of art forms.

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Let your creativity flow.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working at a pre-professional level who are beginning to develop their own artistic voice and command of techniques in a range of art forms. Practice at this level is underpinned by application of broad and integrated technical and theoretical knowledge and the ability to analyse and use information from a range of sources.

Certificate IV
National ID: CUA51115
State ID: AZL3
Industry Creative Industries
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Diploma of Visual Arts

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.

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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.

Diploma
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